Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) 5122-25-02 (A)(D) requires an agency seeking certification for one or more of the following services to attain appropriate behavioral health accreditation prior to submitting an application for certification:
An agency may, but is not required to, obtain accreditation for the following services and apply for deemed status:
Accreditation does not replace certification. An accredited agency must apply for certification by the Department for each mental health service in which it is seeking certification, and for each site at which it provides certified mental health services.
Additional information is available for agencies interested in obtaining certification by OhioMHAS as a community mental health agency in the Behavioral Health Accreditation Information Sheet.
Deemed status essentially means “evidence of compliance". When the Department 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 which are not exempt from deemed status. The following certification standards are exempt from deemed status:
Please see OAC 5122-25-03 (A)(1) (large file) to review the rule in its entirety.
An agency can 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
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
The Joint Commission (TJC)
One Renaissance Blvd.
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181
TJC Ohio Contact: Peggy Lavin