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Why Choose The Joint Commission for Your Behavioral Health and Human Services Accreditation?

The Joint Commission is the nation’s leading healthcare performance improvement organization, helping leaders like you drive performance improvement that reduces risk and raises the bar for the care you provide today, and what’s to come tomorrow. The Gold Seal of Approval® is the most widely recognized quality and safety distinction in health care.

The Joint Commission Difference

Joint Commission accreditation requirements are grounded in trauma-informed, evidence-based practices to help your organization review and strengthen its policies and practices. They help integrate risk reduction activities into daily operations, often allowing the renegotiation of lower liability insurance rates. Accreditation also improves your use of data and outcomes tracking to help create a culture of excellence based on continuous process improvement.

The Joint Commission's name and reputation for robust standards are recognized and respected across healthcare. The Joint Commission's educative and collaborative surveys are conducted by a small, dedicated cadre of expert, collaborative surveyors supplemented by exceptional customer support and resources.

The Choice is Clear

Here are some of the reasons why behavioral health and human services organizations like yours are selecting The Joint Commission to strengthen their safety and quality of care.
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Supports Quality Care

Joint Commission accreditation requirements are national guidelines that provide a strong organizational framework to support improvements in care, treatment, or services. They can help organizations improve outcomes for the individuals they are serving. The Joint Commission accreditation process helps organizations apply standardized processes across programs, staff, and locations to improve efficiency, reduce variation, and help position your organization for further growth.
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Expands Reimbursement

Joint Commission accreditation is increasingly used as an indicator of quality by states and payors as a condition of payment approval, contract eligibility, or to achieve a higher reimbursement in tiered systems. As a recognized symbol of quality, it also helps you network with other providers for partnerships and referrals. In some states, Joint Commission accreditation may be used as proof of compliance with state licensure requirements to reduce state surveys.
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Expert Guidance

Joint Commission surveyors are experts in behavioral health care and human services, actively or formerly working at agencies just like yours. Our cadre of licensed, professional surveyors have direct experience in the field they are surveying and survey an average of 23 organizations per year - which means they’ve got a wealth of best practices to share to help you strengthen your care processes.
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Exclusive Business Intelligence Tools

The Joint Commission assembles the key data you need in one place, making it easier to spot trends in performance and prioritize your improvement efforts for maximum impact. Through our complimentary SAFER® Dashboard, you’ll be able to view and compare your survey findings to effectively and efficiently make data-driven decisions that improve care delivery, quality, and safety.
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Dedicated Support Throughout Your Accreditation Cycle

Got questions? We’ll help you get them answered. While we provide a wealth of convenient online resources and tools, there is simply no substitute for one-on-one support when you need it. You can count on our team to help you through the application process, provide exclusive access to preparation resources, assist you with post-survey activities, and more, with a personal touch.

Ongoing Education and Unmatched Resources

We walk the journey with you. Not only are our surveys designed to be collaborative and educational, but we also offer a wealth of resources that can be utilized for survey readiness, ongoing education for improvement of day-to-day operations, or simply a deep dive into specific areas of interest like suicide prevention or workplace violence reduction. Explore a multitude of print, online and in-person resources to fit your needs.