Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Field Review: Proposed BHC Standards for Eating Disorders Care, Treatment, or Services

Field Review: Proposed BHC Standards for Eating Disorders Care, Treatment, or Services

Please see the official invite HERE.

Our own Amy Cunningham was asked to be on the Academy for Eating Disorders Advisory board. The chair of the board Karine Berthou, along with Exec Director Elissa Myers - are spearheading an initiative to include many more groups in their database.
The Global Communication Network will help bring groups from far reaching but critical areas into the network. ED isn't just in the health sector! Mental health, emergency medicine, school health, suicide hotlines, university Greeks, coroners associations and on and on.
IED Action needs your help to provide valuable input! Can you please provide input into the GCN with the names and websites of groups we should include - formal and informal. Join us on facebook to add your valuable input or email iedaction.global@gmail.com

This month the Joint Commission, an independent, not-for-profit organization that accredits and certifies more than 20,500 health care organizations and programs, is proposing new standards specific to eating disorders care, treatment, and services, and is seeking input from the field.  Comments on their proposed requirements will be gathered through August 17, 2015.

The standards have been developed by a special Task Force, and AED member and co-chair of the AED Medical Care Standards Committee, Dr. Mark Warren, has graciously been representing AED on that Task Force.  AED has received a specific invitation to comment on the Standards, and the AED MCSC will be recommending a specific AED Board approved response to the new Standards, and as they prepare their recommendations, they would be interested in hearing any observations you may have on them.

We are pleased to report that as a reflection of the outstanding representation of AED by Dr. Warren, and the important work of the MCSC, AED has received a formal invitation from Dr. Chassin, Joint Commission President & CEO, to join the Joint Commission's Behavioral Health Care Professional and Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC) for the 2016-17 PTAC term effective January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2017.  The AED Board will be considering this opportunity and acting upon it in September.

If you have comments on the proposed standards, send them directly to the Joint Commission as per 
the instructions on their website, with a copy to the AED MCSC, or just send your comments directly to theAED MCSC if you prefer.

Together we are making progress!

Dr. Carolyn Becker
Professor of Psychology at Trinity University in San Antonio, TX
2015-2016 President of the Academy for Eating Disorders

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