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Accreditation and Deemed Status

Accreditation and Deemed Status

Ohio Administrative Code 5122-25-02 describes the services in which a provider agency may, but is not required to, obtain accreditation. Other than a provider of acute hospital (inpatient) services, which must obtain accreditation, a provider agency is not required to obtain accreditation prior to applying for certification for the services specified in the rule. 

Accreditation does not replace certification. An accredited agency must apply for certification by OhioMHAS for each program or service in which it is seeking certification, and for each site at which it provides certified services. The accredited agency should submit an “Application for Certification and Deemed Status.” 

Deemed status essentially means “evidence of compliance". When OhioMHAS grants deemed status to an agency, it is accepting the agency’s appropriate behavioral health accreditation as evidence of compliance with the OhioMHAS certification standards. OAC Rule 5122-26-13 “Incident Reporting” is exempt from deemed status, i.e. a provider granted deemed status must continue to report incidents to OhioMHAS as specified by the rule. 

For OhioMHAS to grant deemed status, a provider agency must obtain all available corresponding accreditation for the services in which the provider is seeking certification, by undergoing an on-site accrediting body survey that includes the review of clinical records. For a provider seeking certification for both mental health and addiction treatment services, this includes having the accrediting body review the provision of both mental health and addiction treatment services.

Accrediting Bodies Recognized by OhioMHAS

Except for organizations seeking certification for sub-acute or acute hospital detox (see below), an agency may choose from one of the following accrediting organizations:

Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)
4891 E. Grant Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85712
CARF Ohio Contact: Nancy Bradley
888-281-6531, Ext. 7145
nbradley@carf.org

Council on Accreditation for Children and Family Services (COA)
120 Wall Street, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10005
COA Ohio Contact: Joseph Seone, Director of Client Relations
866-262-8088, ext. 263
JSeoane@coanet.org

The Joint Commission (TJC)
One Renaissance Blvd.
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181
TJC Ohio Contact: Peggy Lavin
630-792-5411
peggylavin@jointcommission.org


A provider seeking Certification for Acute Hospital Detoxification must and a provider seeking Certification for Sub-Acute Hospital Detoxification may obtain accreditation from:


DNV GL Healthcare
400 Techne Center Drive
Suite 100
Milford, OH 45150
1-866-523-6842
healthcare@dnvgl.com

Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP)
142 E. Ontario Street
Chicago, IL 60611
1-312-202-8258

The Joint Commission (TJC)
One Renaissance Blvd.
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181
TJC Ohio Contact: Peggy Lavin
630-792-5411
peggylavin@jointcommission.org