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The topic of ligature risks in inpatient psychiatric settings has been a significant challenge for the industry over the past several months following TJC’s increased scrutiny of this issue since March 1. The latest development is that TJC has now published official recommendations on ligature risks in healthcare settings. These Recommendations Regarding Environmental Hazards for Providers and Surveyors were released in a preview communication on October 25 and subsequently published in the November issue of TJC Perspectives. As part of this communication, TJC has formally defined the term “ligature resistant.”
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Congratulations to our client Monarch in North Carolina who recently achieved initial Joint Commission accreditation. Monarch provides services statewide to people with developmental disabilities, mental illness, and substance use disorders.
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Axis Mental Health in Newport Beach, California, provides a wide range of outpatient mental health services for adults.
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WellBridge Hospital Fort Worth in Fort Worth, Texas, provides inpatient and IOP services for seniors as well as mental health services in skilled nursing facilities.
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Chicago Behavioral Hospital in Des Plaines, Illinois, provides inpatient mental health and substance services as well as IOP services.
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Riverside Recovery in Tampa, Florida, is a newly opened substance abuse treatment center serving individuals with chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health disorders.
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Maine Behavioral Healthcare provides a continuum of inpatient and outpatient behavioral health services throughout the state.
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Mt. Sinai Hospital, Mt. Sinai West, and Mt. Sinai St. Luke’s in New York City provide inpatient psychiatric services and psychiatric emergency services as part of the Mt. Sinai Behavioral Health System.
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A significant topic of interest at the annual TJC Behavioral Healthcare Conference in Chicago this month was the new requirements going into effect in January 2018 related to outcomes measurement. These requirements apply to organizations and programs surveyed under the Behavioral Healthcare Accreditation Manual. The relevant standard is CTS.03.01.09 in the BH manual.
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A hot topic at the annual Behavioral Healthcare Conference in Chicago this month was TJC’s update on how they are surveying ligature risks in psychiatric hospitals and psychiatric units of med/surg hospitals. As our readers know from our newsletter articles and their own experiences, the findings in this area have been ramping up for the past six months.
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