Our best-selling behavioral health and human services manual is now available as a PDF! The CAMBHC PDF manual provides you with direct digital access to the elements of performance for behavioral health care standards, National Patient Safety Goals®, and Accreditation Participation Requirements (APRs) effective January 1, 2022. All the information you need is here, in one easy-to-use, authoritative, and accessible PDF. The PDF format allows you to easily jump to the key words or standards you need to reference.
Please note: This PDF manual is a digital version of the hard-copy 2022 Comprehensive Accreditation Manual for Behavioral Health Care and Human Services effective January 1, 2022. It will not be updated with July 1, 2022 effective standards.
Understanding Which Standards Apply. The Joint Commission surveys many types of organizations under the behavioral health care and human services standards, including mental health services, addiction treatment, eating disorders treatment, intellectual disability/developmental disability (ID/DD) services, and social service/human service agencies serving children and families. Accredited organizations may serve people throughout the life span or specialize in an age or disability group. (See the section on Settings below for a longer list of services and settings.) Eligibility requirements will differ based on the services provided and survey option you select; more information is available on the Joint Commission's website.
Standards for all these settings and services appear in the 2022 CAMBHC. The goal of this manual's "Standards Applicability Process" chapter is to help each organization determine which specific standards and EPs in the manual apply to its setting(s), service(s), and program(s), and specific population(s). These applicability grids allow you to quickly identify the services and settings, as you identified them in your E-App, and find related standards that apply to your organization. In contrast, the E-dition on an accredited organization's Joint Commission Connect® extranet site provides a customized manual based on the settings and services checked on your E-App. (That is, the E-dition® only displays an organization-specific compliment of standards and EPs).
Standards requirements including the standards, National Patient Safety Goals, and Accreditation Participation Requirements effective January 1, 2022
Standards and elements of performance for optional behavioral health home certification
Accreditation process information about Joint Commission policies and procedures and practical survey preparation information on the Early Survey Policy, documentation requirements, standards applicability, and more
Icons to help navigate documentation requirements as well as risk areas
"What's New" summary of changes
PDF format—printable, downloadable, and accessible
Standards: All behavioral health care and human services standards
Setting: Organizations accredited under the Behavioral Health Care and Human Services Accreditation Program, including those that that provide mental health services, substance use treatment services, foster care services, programs or services for children and youth, child welfare, services for individuals with eating disorders, services for individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities of various ages and in various organized service or program settings, case management services, peer-based recovery services, prevention and wellness promotion services, corrections-based services, and opioid treatment programs
Key Audience: Staff working on accreditation, compliance, patient safety, or quality improvement
If you’d prefer a hard copy manual or one that can be updated with replacement pages, consider the 2022 Comprehensive Accreditation Manual for Behavioral Health Care and Human Services (choose "Hard Copy" from the drop down menu for Book Format above) and its 2022 CAMBHC Behavioral Health Care and Human Services Update Service.