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We have helped more than 380 behavioral healthcare organizations nationwide achieve successful Joint Commission and CMS survey and accreditation results.

Our survey went splendidly and our Barrins consultation prepared us very well, so thank you again.

Michael Rulnick, MPA, Superintendent Connecticut Children & Families
Albert J. Solnit PRTFs

We are so appreciative of the opportunity to work with the Barrins consultants!

“We are so appreciative of the opportunity to work with the Barrins consultants! Having been through various mock surveys over the years that only increased stress upon staff and were counterproductive to actual quality, I find myself saying on many occasions that the reason the surveys in which we engage with Barrins & Associates are so effective is absolutely all about our surveyors. Their collaborative approach makes for a truly interactive process while their unyielding commitment to the integrity of the survey and accountability to sound patient care helps us remain aware of our ultimate responsibility to those whom we serve. I know I speak for my entire team when I say that we ourselves enjoyed our time last week as well!”

A. Elaine Crnkovic, PhD , Chief Executive Officer
Appalachian Behavioral Healthcare

I can’t begin to tell you what a pleasure it was to work with your Life Safety consultant during the survey. 

Again, I can’t begin to tell you what a pleasure it was to work with your Life Safety consultant during the survey. He is a wealth of knowledge and a true professional.

Manuel Alfonso, Facilities Management Administrator
Englewood Health

Your consultants’ vast knowledge base and BH expertise provides reassurance to our team that we are survey ready and committed to continuous quality improvement.

Your consultants’ vast knowledge base and BH expertise provides reassurance to our team that we are survey ready and committed to continuous quality improvement. The only way the consultants could improve is to clone yourselves. The check-ins, reassessments, and mock surveys are invaluable to our staff. I learn every time we spend time together. Thank you for your commitment to continuous quality improvement

Monica Shaffer - System CNO
Ohio Dept. of Mental Health and Addition Services

I would like to Thank the Barrins’…

“I would like to Thank the Barrins’ consulting team for their professionalism, knowledge and support during this process!!”

Christopher J Morrison, CEO

We were extremely pleased with the mock survey.

We were extremely pleased with the mock survey. The Barrins & Associates consultant team was fabulous. They were knowledgeable, skilled and able to communicate our deficits in ways that will help us to move forward. We are grateful to be working with them and feel very comfortable leaning on their expertise.

Susan R. Niemitz, LCSW, CEO

Thank you for the final reports including the excel spreadsheets that we can formulate our action plans from.

Thank you for the final reports including the excel spreadsheets that we can formulate our action plans from. We have already begun to put corrective actions into place. We had a very informative and engaging three days at HBH. We would like to take this opportunity to say thanks again for everything last week. We truly are a better organization because of the Barrins and Associates team. We look forward to seeing you next spring.

Brandon Caudill

We’ve worked with Barrins & Associates for seven years.

We’ve worked with Barrins & Associates for seven years. Follow their lead and you will not only achieve Joint Commission accreditation but improve practice as well.

Ken Berrick, CEO

They’ve truly become part of our team!

Montefiore Health System has used Barrins & Associates as Joint Commission consultants for our Behavioral Health Services since 2004. Their in-depth knowledge of TJC standards and survey process has been instrumental in our survey success over the years. Whether working with our inpatient, outpatient, or opioid treatment programs, their ability to operationalize the standards in a way that supports best practices has been invaluable to us. They’ve truly become part of our team!

Marguerite Taheri, Director of Regulatory Affairs

Thank you so, so much for everything this week..

“Thank you so, so much for everything this week, as well as over the past year so far. I’ve been reflecting on how much we’ve learned, how far we’ve come, and how well-equipped we feel to get to where we need to go, and it’s honestly amazing the difference between today vs the first time you were here. This is in very large part due to all of your help and encouragement.

I also just really appreciate your style; you two are fun, smart, and say what needs to be said. It’s always a pleasure!”

Teresa I. Shackelford, Administrator

The expert guidance we got from Barrins & Associates was instrumental to our achieving TJC accreditation.

The expert guidance we got from Barrins & Associates was instrumental to our achieving TJC accreditation. Their knowledge and expertise helped make the path to accreditation clear and achievable. I highly recommend them to any BH organization seeking top notch TJC consultants.

James W. Fay, IV, LPC, Senior Clinical Director

Our Barrins & Associates consultant had a thoughtful and direct style of communication that made hearing her findings more palatable and immediately motivated us into action.

Without her expert guidance, we would not be nearly as far along in this process. As a result, we are confident our services will be greatly improved in the long run.

Cynthia Huskins, Accreditation & Regulatory Compliance Specialist

Barrins & Associates conducted an outstanding mock survey for us.

They were extremely thorough in their review and identified numerous areas which our team began addressing immediately. We were better prepared for our Joint Commission survey but, moreover, we were armed with new knowledge to help us ensure improved patient care and safety.

Sherri Chandler, LPC , CEO

We are extremely satisfied customers.

We have used Barrins & Associates for both TJC and CMS mock surveys. They were extremely knowledgeable and very well received by staff. We are extremely satisfied customers and will definitely use them again.

Dr. Robert Roca, VP and Chief Medical Officer

They’re TJC experts and highly skilled at helping us find workable solutions for challenging compliance issues.

We’ve used Barrins & Associates as Joint Commission consultants for our behavioral health programs throughout Mount Sinai Health System and for some of our acute care services. They’re not only experts in TJC standards but also highly skilled at helping us find workable solutions for challenging compliance issues. They’ve exceeded our expectations and become part of our team. We count on them routinely for their regulatory guidance and expertise.

Dr. Sabina Lim, VP and Chief of Strategy, Behavioral Health

Their expertise in TJC standards and survey process and their nationwide perspective have been invaluable.

We’ve engaged Barrins & Associates as our Joint Commission consultants for Maine Behavioral Healthcare. Their expertise in TJC standards and survey process and their nationwide perspective have been invaluable. We recently completed our TJC survey and there’s no doubt their guidance was instrumental in our survey success. They are top notch in the industry!

Stephen Merz, FACHE, President/CEO

We highly recommend Barrins & Associates to any psychiatric hospital or behavioral health organization.

Staff at the National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems (formerly NAPHS; now NABH) have recommended Barrins & Associates to several of our members who were looking for consultative help with regulatory, accrediting, and performance improvement issues. We consistently receive extremely positive feedback about the quality of their work; specifically, their depth of knowledge, responsiveness, and professionalism. Barrins & Associates offers a valuable service to our members, and we highly recommend them to any psychiatric hospital or behavioral health organization seeking top-notch consulting in the areas of accreditation, regulatory compliance, or performance improvement.

Dr. Kathleen McCann, former Director of Quality and Regulatory Affairs

They are top-notch in the industry!

We’ve used Barrins & Associates for both CMS and TJC mock surveys. They’ve done an outstanding job of preparing us for both. Our most recent TJC hospital survey was two months early, but there were no surprises thanks to the exhaustive review done by the Barrins & Associates team. They are top-notch in the industry!

Donald J. Parker, President and CEO

Engaging Barrins & Associates was the best thing we did. We achieved our TJC accreditation in record time!

Engaging Barrins & Associates as our consultants was the best thing we did here at A Mission for Michael. Their expertise and guidance were invaluable. We went into our survey strong and achieved our TJC accreditation in record time!

Lindsey M. Fisher, COO

Barrins & Associates is by far the best Joint Commission consulting firm in our business.

Ted Stryker, FACHE, Senior VP for Mental Health Services

We passed our initial TJC survey with flying colors!

We are ever grateful for the expert help and support from our wonderful Barrins & Associates consultant! I was clueless at the beginning of the accreditation process. Our consultant did training, policy development, and a mock survey and was extremely supportive throughout the process. The result is we passed our initial TJC survey with flying colors! You are most welcome to contact me if you need more details about our wonderful experience with Barrins and Associates.

Brooke H. Brody, Executive Director

Incredible knowledge and experience on TJC and CMS standards … highly recommend them.

I was extremely satisfied with our Barrins & Associates consultation. They had incredible knowledge and experience regarding TJC standards and offered numerous recommendations on how to meet and exceed standards, as well as build in accountability processes to ensure ongoing compliance. I highly recommend them to other organizations.

Kevin McGee, MHA, RN, CEO

Their insights into “hot button issues” gave us an inside track for what to expect on our survey.

We’re expecting our next TJC survey next year. We recently used Barrins & Associates for a mock survey. Their knowledge of TJC standards was impressively in-depth. Plus, their insights into current “hot button issues” gave us an inside track for what to expect on our survey. Most important, they were highly collegial and went out of their way to educate our team. Outstanding consultation on all fronts!

Chuck Flavio, CEO

Montefiore Health System has used Barrins & Associates as Joint Commission consultants for our Behavioral Health Services since 2004.

Their in-depth knowledge of TJC standards and survey process has been instrumental in our survey success over the years. Whether working with our inpatient, outpatient, or opioid treatment programs, their ability to operationalize the standards in a way that supports best practices has been invaluable to us. They’ve truly become part of our team!

Marguerite Taheri, Director of Regulatory Affairs

They clearly have their finger on the TJC pulse nationwide.

We just completed our annual Barrins & Associates mock survey at our hospital. As CEO, the most valuable aspect of the consultation was the perspective they gave us on what TJC is surveying and citing in other markets. They clearly have their finger on the TJC pulse nationwide, which helped us immensely with our survey preparation and survey strategy.

Lance Folske, CEO

We partnered on TJC readiness system-wide and are extremely pleased with the value they delivered to our company!

Springstone was founded in 2010 and operates a network of private hospitals nationwide that treat mental illness and substance abuse. We chose to partner with Barrins & Associates on TJC readiness system-wide and have been extremely pleased with the value they have delivered to our company! The team is highly experienced, extremely professional and razor sharp in identifying compliance issues and helping us solve them. We look forward to a long-term partnership!

Tonya St. Clair, former VP of Operations and Chief Nursing Officer

Outstanding technical assistance on our Environment of Care and Life Safety program!

The Barrins & Associates engineer consultant provided outstanding technical assistance on our Environment of Care and Life Safety program. He was not only expert in his area but helpful and friendly and so easy to work with. Just keep him coming back!

Abby Halloran, Director of Risk Management

Barrins & Associates has helped prepare us for our last five Joint Commission surveys.

We’ve used Barrins & Associates to help prepare us for our last five Joint Commission surveys and have been extremely satisfied with the level of expertise and the quality of service we’ve received. We are a complex organization surveyed by TJC under both Hospital and Behavioral Health standards and need a consultant who not only understands both sets of standards but also helps us focus on the areas that will bring us the best results for the survey and beyond. Barrins & Associates does that in a way that is always customer friendly, reliable, and responsive. I wholeheartedly recommend them to other behavioral health organizations seeking a TJC consultant.

Dr. Steven Larcen, former CEO

They provided the direction, insight and experience that enabled us to achieve our vision.

We used Barrins & Associates as our Joint Commission consultants a few years ago for our initial accreditation. We were totally new to the world of TJC and needed the help of an expert to help us through the process. We found that, and more, in Barrins & Associates. They provided the direction, insight and experience that enabled us to achieve our vision of Joint Commission accreditation on our first try! I highly recommend them to any BH organization seeking TJC accreditation!

Tom Griffin, CEO

Follow their lead. You will get accredited and improve practice.

We’ve worked with Barrins & Associates for eight years. Follow their lead, and you will not only achieve Joint Commission accreditation but improve practice as well.

Ken Berrick, CEO

It’s clear that Barrins & Associates are the experts.

With the help of Barrins & Associates, we just achieved our initial TJC accreditation. They led us through all aspects of our survey preparation including staff training, action plan, life safety code review and mock survey. We were extremely satisfied with the quality of consultation that they delivered. It’s clear that Barrins & Associates are the experts in Joint Commission readiness for the behavioral healthcare field. We highly recommend them to any psychiatric hospital or BH organization seeking TJC readiness consultation.

Paul Kavanaugh, CEO

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