The Joint Commission is a non-profit organization that accredits more than twenty thousand healthcare organizations and programs across the country.  Several Professional and Technical Advisory Committees (PTACs), including one on Behavioral Health Care, assist the Joint Commission by making recommendations regarding the development and refinement of standards and elements of performance.

APA’s current representative to the Behavioral Health Care PTAC, Dr. Stephen Moore, will complete his term on December 31,, 2015 and APA has been invited to nominate his replacement. APA also has the option of nominating an alternate representative to the Behavioral Health Care PTAC.

Representatives serve for terms of two years, with a possible re-appointment for a total of three terms (six years). A new term will begin January 1, 2016 and run through December 31, 2017. Representatives are expected to attend an in-person meeting in the Chicago area as well as participating in up to four conference calls or video conferences per year.

Eligible nominees will hold clinical or administrative positions in behavioral health care and have current knowledge and experience regarding the delivery of behavioral health care. PTAC representatives should be ready to articulate positions and opinions for the association they represent as well as those reflecting their own expertise.

Appointments as PTAC representatives will be given to individuals who have active professional associations with health care organizations that are accredited by the Joint Commission. PTAC representatives may not be Board members, advisory committee members, elected officers, employees, or paid independent contractors of competing accreditation bodies.

APA must provide the Joint Commission with the names and resumes of its nominees by September 30, 2015.  Questions about the position or nomination process should be directed to Diane M. Pedulla, J.D., in the Government Relations Office (dpedulla@apa.org; 202-366-5889).