Compliance Dates for 2018 Standards
The 2018 Standards for Health Services in jails and prisons will be released in mid-April. For facilities undergoing an accreditation survey in 2018, compliance with the new standards depends on a when the survey will occur.
Facilities have approximately six months to transition to the new set of standards. While exceptions may be granted, a general guide is this: If your survey is scheduled for between January 1 to July 31, the 2014 Standards will be used. Facilities scheduled for a survey in August, September or October will have the choice of being surveyed under the 2014 or 2018 Standards. Beginning November 1, all surveys for jails and prisons will be conducted under the 2018 Standards. Depending on the date of application, facilities that are applying for initial accreditation in 2018 will likely be surveyed under the new set of standards.