Joint Commission Behavioral Health Update
June 2016
In This Issue:

Greetings to Our Colleagues in Behavioral Healthcare!
We hope you have begun to enjoy the summer season in your part of the country!
This month, we continue to update our psychiatric hospital clients on the current TJC survey process which now has such a strong CMS focus. Our first article discusses the topic of active treatment and how that is now being surveyed.
Our second article addresses the topic of trauma assessment which continues to be a challenge for some behavioral health organizations.  
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
Prepared for Your Next TJC Deemed Status Survey?
Does your psychiatric hospital use TJC for deemed status? If so, prepare for a strong CMS focus on your next survey. Contact us now to schedule a mock survey that covers both TJC and CMS requirements including the most currently challenging standards.
Tip of the Month
Be aware that effective July 5, 2016 both TJC and CMS will begin surveying Life Safety requirements using the 2012 version of the National Fire Protection Association Life Safety Code. Check out the June 2016 issue of TJC Perspectives available on your TJC Connect site to see key highlights. 
Why Choose
Barrins & Associates?

"The most helpful aspect of the Barrins & Associates consultation for our organization was the openness and transparency of the consulting team. With every recommendation they made, they had a suggestion and potential solution to go with the recommendation. We were extremely satisfied!"

Mike Kistler, CEO 
Shadow Mountain Behavioral Health System
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Psychiatric Hospitals
Surveying active treatment
Psychiatric hospitals that use TJC accreditation for deemed status and have been surveyed in the last few months have experienced a shift in focus. Many report that their recent TJC survey felt more like a CMS survey. In light of this, we encourage you to conduct your own tracers and take a look at the programming being delivered on your inpatient units.
Trauma Assessment
Survey Findings and Resources
As we track survey results for our clients, we see that some behavioral health organizations continue to be challenged by the TJC requirements for trauma assessment. There have been several survey findings on this topic in 2015 and 2016. So, let's recap the requirements and take a look at some resources.
Barrins & Associates is pleased to welcome four new clients:
Casa de Amparo in San Diego, CaliforniaClifford Beers Clinic in New Haven, ConnecticutD'Veal Family & Youth Services in Pasadena, California, and Sunspire Health Astoria Pointe in Astoria, OregonWe are pleased to be working with these organizations on Joint Commission readiness!
Congratulations corner
Congratulations to our client Halcyon Horizons, 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.