Applying for Accreditation - National Commission on Correctional Health Care
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Applying for Accreditation

The first step is to obtain a copy of the NCCHC Standards that pertain to your correctional setting or program and to review your facility’s compliance with them. Next, you will need to provide basic information to enable us to establish an accreditation portal for your facility.This portal is our primary means of gathering and sharing information related to accreditation. 

Please complete the online application>> You will be asked to create an NCCHC account if you do not already have one.

After your account is established, you will complete the full application online.

After NCCHC receives your accreditation application, we will send you a self-survey questionnaire (SSQ), which is a self-assessment tool that you can use to determine compliance with the standards. The SSQ is a useful guide when preparing for your survey and can serve as your workbook to keep track of your assessment and the areas needing enhancement prior to your survey. Approximately 9-10 months after you have applied for accreditation, NCCHC’s scheduler will reach out to schedule your survey. Initial surveys will need to have at least 12 months of documentation prior to being scheduled and reaccreditation survey will need 36 months of documentation.

Once accredited, each year you’ll submit a written report (Annual Maintenance Report) with updates on relevant information. Additional on-site visits will occur about every three years.

“The NCCHC accreditation process was a valuable learning experience. The survey team members provided us with a fair and objective review, with excellent suggestions for the betterment of patient care.”
“The team of surveyors was professional and knowledgeable about corrections, and interested in what we offered at our facility. It was a pleasure working with surveyors who are enthusiastic about correctional medicine.” 
“I am very satisfied with the process of our recent survey. The lead surveyor was professional, encouraging and a wealth of education and learning opportunities. The visit definitely gave me the tools I need to maintain a well-functioning medical unit.”
“The lead surveyor was incredible to work with and was very ‘real’ in her approach to the staff, administration, security and inmate-patients. My three days with her were productive and positive. Her team members were all great to work with and possessed the same outstanding skills.”