(A) In lieu of a determination by the director of mental health of whether the services of a community mental health agency satisfy the standards for certification under section 5119.611 of the Revised Code, the director shall accept appropriate accreditation of an applicant's mental health services, integrated mental health and alcohol and other drug addiction services, or integrated mental health and physical health services being provided in this state from any of the following national accrediting organizations as evidence that the applicant satisfies the standards for certification:
(1) The joint commission;
(2) The commission on accreditation of rehabilitation facilities;
(3) The council on accreditation.
(B) If the director determines that an applicant's accreditation is current, is appropriate for the services for which the applicant is seeking certification, and the applicant meets any other requirements established under this section or in rules adopted under this section, the director shall certify the applicant's services that are accredited. Except as provided in division (C)(2) of this section, the director shall issue the certification without further evaluation of the services.
(C) For purposes of this section, all of the following apply:
(1) The director may review the accrediting organizations listed in division (A) of this section to evaluate whether the accreditation standards and processes used by the organizations are consistent with service delivery models the director considers appropriate for mental health services, physical health services, or both. The director may communicate to an accrediting organization any identified concerns, trends, needs, and recommendations.
(2) The director may visit or otherwise evaluate a community mental health agency at any time based on cause, including complaints made by or on behalf of consumers and confirmed or alleged deficiencies brought to the attention of the director.
(3) The director shall require a community mental health agency to notify the director not later than ten days after any change in the agency's accreditation status. The agency may notify the director by providing a copy of the relevant document the agency received from the accrediting organization.
(4) The director shall require a community mental health agency to submit to the director reports of major unusual incidents.
(5) The director may require a community mental health agency to submit to the director cost reports pertaining to the agency.
(D) The director shall adopt rules in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code to implement this section. In adopting the rules, the director shall do all of the following:
(1) Specify the documentation that must be submitted as evidence of holding appropriate accreditation;
(2) Establish a process by which the director may review the accreditation standards and processes used by the national accrediting organizations listed in division (A) of this section;
(3) Specify the circumstances under which reports of major unusual incidents and agency cost reports must be submitted to the director;
(4) Specify the circumstances under which the director may visit or otherwise evaluate a community mental health agency for cause;
(5) Establish a process by which the director, based on deficiencies identified as a result of visiting or evaluating a community mental health agency under division (C)(2) of this section, may take any of a range of corrective actions, with the most stringent being revocation of the certification of the agency's services.
Added by 129th General AssemblyFile No.28,HB 153, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2011.
Former section renumbered as § 5119.613 by 129th General AssemblyFile No.28,HB 153, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2011.