Joint Commission Behavioral Health Update
February 2016
In This Issue:

Greetings to Our Colleagues in Behavioral Healthcare!
We hope to catch up with many of you at the annual meeting of the National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems in Washington D.C. next month where Barrins & Associates is a bronze sponsor. Meanwhile, we are keeping you up to date through our newsletter on TJC initiatives to support your continuous readiness.

This month, we provide an introduction to the new Oro 2.0 High Reliability Organizational Assessment that has been developed by the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare. You may find it a valuable tool for your leadership team. We are also providing information on the new Behavioral Healthcare Standards for Permanent Housing Support Services based on the Housing First model.

We value your feedback on the newsletter. Please send us your comments and tell us what topics you would like to see in future issues. We look forward to hearing from you! Also, feel free to to your colleagues.  

Anne Barrins
Looking to enhance your internal TJC tracer process?

Contact us now to schedule training. You'll get our latest tools and tips on how to use tracers for TJC survey success!

Barrins & Associates is pleased to welcome three new clients: La Luna Center with locations in Boulder and Fort Collins, Colorado, Affinity Recovery located in Orange County, California, and The Teen Project located in Rancho Santa Margarita, California. These three organizations are pursuing initial Joint Commission accreditation and we are pleased to support them in achieving that goal!
Tip of the Month
If you're preparing for a 2016 TJC survey, be sure to use the Document List in the recently updated TJC Survey Activity Guide.

The list has been updated for behavioral health organizations and it's critical to have the right documents ready on Day 1 for the surveyor!
Why Choose
Barrins & Associates?

"Our Barrins & Associates consultant was extremely knowledgeable about TJC standards and how to interpret them in our various programs. We really appreciated the resources he shared with us like sample policies, forms and tools. We also valued the ability for ongoing support after the mock survey. Simply put, we really felt his investment in our accreditation success!"

Michele Munde
Director of Quality and Compliance
Stars Behavioral Health Group
Long Beach, CA
Oro 2.0 High Reliability Organizational Assessment
The Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare recently made available the Oro 2.0 High Reliability Organizational Assessment. The assessment is an online tool designed to assist hospitals in evaluating their progress toward high reliability and support them in attaining the goal of zero patient harm. The web-based tool is available to accredited organizations on their Joint Commission Connect extranet site. The Oro 2.0 Assessment guides the leadership team through a series of questions on key strategic performance issues. It's based on the High Reliability Maturity Model.
Permanent Housing Support Services
New Behavioral Health Care Standards
Effective July 1, 2016, TJC's Behavioral Health Care Accreditation Program will include standards for case management services provided to individuals being served in a Housing First program. The new standards are designed to assist individuals with serious mental illness, substance abuse disorders, and other behavioral healthcare issues. They are applicable only to TJC accredited behavioral healthcare organizations that provide case management services to for clients in a Housing First program.
Barrins & Associates Attends TJC Consultants Forum
Barrins & Associates was pleased to attend the 2016 Consultants Forum sponsored by TJC last month at their headquarters in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois. The meeting is an invitational event and there were 12 consulting firms represented. We were briefed on the latest TJC initiatives. TJC leadership was eager for input from the consultants on how the value of the standards and survey process can be enhanced for our shared customers. The meeting was very informative and collegial, and it was a professional pleasure to be "at the table" with this top-notch group of consultants and the TJC executive team!
Congratulations Corner
Congratulations to our clients, Silver Rock Recovery in Las Vegas, Nevada, and SoCal Detox in San Clemente, California, who recently achieved initial Joint Commission accreditation!
Barrins & Associates provides Joint Commission and CMS consulting services for the Behavioral Healthcare industry. Our clients include psychiatric hospitals and freestanding Behavioral Healthcare organizations. We specialize in providing Survey Preparation and Continuous Survey Readiness services for the Behavioral Healthcare industry. Barrins & Associates was founded by Anne Barrins who was a Joint Commission surveyor for 13 years.