AAIM Accreditation Commission

What is Accreditation?

Accreditation is both a status and a process. As a status, accreditation provides public notification that an institution or program meets standards of quality set forth by an accrediting agency. As a process, accreditation reflects that in achieving recognition by the accrediting agency, the institution or program is committed to self-study and external review by its peers. It demonstrates the institution or pragram is working to not only meet standards, but is continuously seeking ways in which to enhance the quality of services provided. AAIM's accrediting body, the AAIM Accreditation Commission, publishes guidelines and procedures by which its accreditation process is carried out.

The Value of Accreditation

Accredited status is a reliable indication to the public of the value and quality of the practice. Without accredited status, it is hard to evaluate the quality of care and processes of the practice or to be confident that the practice can deliver on its promises. Accreditation supports professionalism, ethical responsibility, fiduciary responsibility, and commitment to improvement. Remember that accreditation of a practice may not mean that a specific program within that practice is accredited.

Benefits of AAIM Accreditation

Accreditation through the AAIM Accreditation Commission carries many benefits.

  • Authentication of your practice by applying a comprehensive set of standards for quality of services.
  • Increased market visibility.
  • Prestige within a competitive field.
  • Access to new markets.
  • Recognition from peers.
  • Demonstration of your pursuit of higher standards.
  • Evidence of improved performance.
  • Verification of your concern for public protection.
  • A basis for standardized quality.
  • A one-year free membership with either the American Association of Integrative Medicine® (AAIM) or the American Psychotherapy Association®, for the authorized representative.
  • The practice listed in the American Association of Integrative Medicine® (AAIM) Directory of Accredited Practices.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible for accreditation through AAIM Accreditation Commission:

  • Applicants must practice a recognized field within mental health or integrative healthcare.
  • Applicants must operate lawfully under applicable state and federal regulations.
  • Applicants must make AAIM Accreditation Commission aware of all practitioners' history of disciplinary action. If a history of disciplinary action exists, the applicant must provide an explanation.
  • The applicant must possess a city business permit, if required.
  • The applicant must adhere to all standards set forth by AAIM Accreditation Commission as identified in Standards for Practices.
  • The applicant must have general and professional liability insurance.
  • If necessary, the practice will grant AAIM Accreditation Commission access to records that are necessary to verify compliance with the standards. The AAIM Accreditation Commission will not request records containing confidential patient information and will adhere to HIPAA guidelines.
  • The applicant and all mental health or integrative healthcare practitioners must abide with licensing or certification requirements by the city, state, or federal government for authorization to practice or conduct business in health-related services.