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12/07/2022 | State Regional Psychiatric Hospitals Awarded Accreditation from The Joint Commission

For Immediate Release: December 7, 2022

State Regional Psychiatric Hospitals Awarded Accreditation from The Joint Commission

(COLUMBUS, OH) – The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) is pleased to announce that all six Regional Psychiatric Hospitals operated by the state have earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Hospital Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a health care organization’s commitment to providing safe and quality patient care.

The six state hospitals -- which include: Appalachian Behavioral Healthcare in Athens; Heartland Behavioral Healthcare in Massillon; Northcoast Behavioral Healthcare in Northfield; Northwest Ohio Psychiatric Hospital in Toledo; Summit Behavioral Healthcare in Cincinnati; and Twin Valley Behavioral Healthcare in Columbus -- underwent rigorous, unannounced onsite surveys during the past year. During each visit, a team of Joint Commission reviewers evaluated compliance with quality standards spanning several areas including, but not limited to: environment of care, leadership, medication management, patient rights, and infection prevention and control.

“I envision an Ohio where those who seek help for mental illness or a substance use disorder are met with respect -- and treated with the dignity they deserve,” said Ohio Governor Mike DeWine. “Access to quality care is critical to the wellbeing of all Ohioans. Families expect and deserve the best care possible for their loved ones. Knowing all six state-run psychiatric hospitals meet the Joint Commission’s rigorous accreditation standards should be viewed as a point of pride, and evidence of Ohio’s commitment to building and maintaining a statewide system of quality, cost-effective behavioral health care services for its citizens.”     

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. To earn and maintain The Gold Seal of Approval® from The Joint Commission, an organization undergoes an on-site survey by a Joint Commission survey team at least every three years. The Joint Commission’s standards are developed in consultation with health care experts, providers, and patients. They are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus to guide health care organizations in measuring, assessing, and improving performance. The surveyors also conducted onsite process discussions, case reviews, and staff and patient interviews.

“As a private accreditor, The Joint Commission surveys health care organizations to protect the public by identifying deficiencies in care and working with those organizations to correct them as quickly and sustainably as possible,” says Mark Pelletier, RN, MS, chief operating officer, Accreditation and Certification Operations, and chief nursing executive, The Joint Commission. “We commend OhioMHAS for its continuous quality improvement efforts in patient safety and quality of care.”

“Our hospitals serve as a critical safety net for Ohioans living with serious mental illness. We are committed to providing access to quality care and a safe environment for all in need. I am exceptionally proud of our hospital staff and leadership for their hard work and dedication to ensuring a quality experience for both patients and our staff,” said Lori Criss, director of the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

For more information, please visit The Joint Commission website. To learn more about Ohio’s Regional Psychiatric Hospitals, please visit the OhioMHAS website.

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The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) operates regional psychiatric hospitals in six locations across the state. These specialized facilities, which serve approximately 4,000 unique patients annually, provide short-term, intensive treatment to patients in both inpatient and community-supported environments. The hospitals also deliver comprehensive care to patients committed by criminal courts. Ohio’s six hospitals feature 1,080 beds and employ around 1,900 clinical and non-clinical staff.

To ensure ongoing psychiatric inpatient access, OhioMHAS provided $13.5M in funding to ADAMH boards between March 2020 and August 2022 to authorize the placement of indigent, civil patients at private hospitals with available beds. This private hospital placement initiative was piloted during the pandemic and has proved to be a successful, cost-effective way to help more indigent, civil patients who require hospital-level care. More than 2,600 Ohioans have been served through this program, with 41 boards and 37 hospitals participating.