The 2024 Comprehensive Accreditation Manual for Behavioral Health Care and Human Services (CAMBHC) provides all official Joint Commission standards, elements of performance (EPs), National Patient Safety Goals®, and other accreditation requirements, including those for the optional Behavioral Health Home certification. The CAMBHC is published in an updatable three-ring binder and includes color-coded tabs.
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 group or a 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 CAMBHC. Eligibility requirements will differ based on the services provided and survey option you select. More information is available in the “Standards Applicability Grid” chapter of the CAMBHC or on E-dition.
“Gold tab” standards requirements, including the standards, EPs, National Patient Safety Goals, and Accreditation Participation Requirements effective January 1, 2024
Standards and EPs for optional Behavioral Health Home certification
“Blue tab” 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
Color-coded blue and gold tabs allow you to find exactly what you need when you need it
“What’s New” summary of changes made since the previous edition
Easily updated with the CAMBHC Update Service
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 responsible for accreditation, compliance, patient safety, or quality improvement
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If you prefer this manual in digital format, get the PDF version of the 2024 CAMBHC. Choose E-Book or Site License in the drop-down menu for Book Format above.
If you’d prefer an abridged version with just the requirements, consider the 2024 Standards for Behavioral Health Care and Human Services.