When correctional health administrators need assistance, they turn to NCCHC

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NCCHC has offered a voluntary health services accreditation program since the 1970s. Based on the NCCHC Standards, the process uses external peer review to determine whether correctional institutions meet these standards in their provision of health services. NCCHC renders a professional judgment and assists in the improvement of services provided.

NCCHC also offers accreditation for opioid treatment programs (OTP) in correctional facilities. OTP accreditation enables OTPs to obtain legally required certification from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The only SAMHSA-authorized accrediting body that focuses on corrections, NCCHC has developed standards that are based on federal regulations but tailored for this field.

 

Accreditation During the COVID-19 Pandemic

NCCHC has received many questions about compliance with standards during the outbreak. The standards are an important tool to help you provide consistent quality care.

If priorities have to be revised, do the best you can and make sure that this action, or inaction, is an exception, not the norm.

Do not cut corners on items that affect patient care. Given the increased challenges of the epidemic, triaging will be of the utmost priority. Direct your teams accordingly.

When assessing compliance, surveyors look for trends. If the trend is showing an upward curve of compliance, generally, the committee will accept the actions being taken. If the trend is showing a downward spiral, corrective action will be necessary to bring the activity into compliance.

NCCHC surveyors are health care professionals. They will review the entire situation. Ensure that your technical response to the crisis is thoughtful and well documented.

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