The purpose of certification is to provide oversight to Department of Mental Health agencies, both public and private, in the State of Missouri. The review process ensures that providers maintain compliance with applicable state standards and provide quality services that remain consistent with the Department's Mission, Vision and Values. Surveyors are charged with the task of reviewing multiple sources of information to arrive at a global view of the agency, while making recommendations for change as agencies strive for quality services. A key goal of certification is to enhance the quality of care and services with a focus on the needs and outcomes of persons served. The certification process entails review of requested information and a site survey. Required documentation is listed in the application. Site surveys are planned with the organization and include, but may not be limited to, reviews of personnel and consumer records, reviews of the environment, and any other activities that serve to evaluate an organization's compliance with all applicable standards. Any organization contracting with the Division of Behavioral Health (DBH), formerly the Divisions of Alcohol and Drug Abuse and Comprehensive Psychiatric Services, is required to obtain and maintain certification.
Division of Behavioral Health certification applications MUST be printed and mailed to the attention of Susan Blume at:Missouri Department of Mental Health
Division of Behavioral Health
1706 East Elm Street
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Current standards may be downloaded directly from the Secretary of State's office
Division 10 - Chapter 5: General Program Procedures
Division 10 - Chapter 7: Core Rules for Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Programs
Division 30 - Chapter 4: Mental Health Programs
Providers interested in Certification Standards for County-Funded Mental Health Services may view these standards at Division 30 - Chapter 2.
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