SOURCE: The Joint Commission

The Joint Commission

November 09, 2010 14:15 ET

The Joint Commission Behavioral Health Care Conference Nov. 11-12

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OAKBROOK TERRACE, IL--(Marketwire - November 9, 2010) -  The Joint Commission and Joint Commission Resources will bring together top experts to present recent research data and conclusions impacting behavioral health care practices, share ideas and prepare behavioral health care organizations for the new federal regulations during the 7th Annual Behavioral Health Care Conference "Hope and Expectations."

The conference, scheduled for November 11-12, 2010, at the Westin River North in Chicago, will offer behavioral health care professionals practical applications to improve their current operations from industry experts and successful behavioral health care organizations. Pamela S. Hyde, J.D., administrator, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, will open the conference by discussing the impact of the Affordable Care Act and the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act on individuals, families, communities and providers. Other conference topics include:

  • Learning how to integrate behavioral health services into the medical home model
  • Examining and applying high-reliability principles
  • Linking Joint Commission accreditation standards and elements of performance to suicide prevention, foster care and other services
  • Developing effective treatment programs for children and youth
  • Findings related to behavioral health and military deployment

An optional pre-conference workshop, 2011 Behavioral Health Care Standards and Survey Process Update, will be held November 10. Expert Joint Commission staff will discuss how to achieve consistent excellence by discussing standards for 2011, including the new Care, Treatment, and Services chapter of the behavioral health care accreditation manual. The pre-conference also offers participants opportunities to learn and share ideas about expectations for eating disorder treatment, outdoor/wilderness programs and animal-assisted treatment; recovery concepts in care, treatment and services; care issues for young adults; management of waiting lists; psychiatric advance directives; and outcome assessment.

Cost of the national conference is $649 per person or discounted at $595 per person for three or more participants from the same organization. The pre-conference is $425. To register please call The Joint Commission's Customer Service Center at 1.877.223.6866 or visit

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 18,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 9,700 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,800 other health care organizations that provide long term care, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. In addition, The Joint Commission also provides certification of more than 1,700 disease-specific care programs, primary stroke centers, and health care staffing services. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at

Joint Commission Resources (JCR), a not-for-profit affiliate of The Joint Commission, is the official publisher and educator of The Joint Commission. JCR is an expert resource for health care organizations, providing consulting services, educational services and publications to assist in improving quality and safety and to help in meeting the accreditation standards of The Joint Commission. JCR provides consulting services independently from The Joint Commission and in a fully confidential manner. Please visit our Web site at

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