New Standards become effective on August 1 – 4/22/2016

The AAAHC Board of Directors has approved significant revisions to chapter 17, Behavioral Health Services, for the 2016 edition of the Accreditation Handbook for Ambulatory Health Care. The updates represent the first major review and update of these Standards since they were introduced in 2009. The new Standards (available for review, below) will be applied to organizations in which any licensed or certified behavioral health clinicians are providing services. This includes psychiatrists, psychologists, licensed professional counselors, licensed social workers, licensed family and marital therapists, certified addiction counselors or any other certified or licensed behavioral health provider.

Behavioral health services provided may include but are not limited to counseling or psychotherapy, psychiatry and psychotropic medication evaluation and management, crisis intervention and emergency services, consultation, and outreach, prevention and referral services.

If your organization has questions about the applicability of these Standards, please contact Accreditation Services at 847.853.6060.

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