Cummings Institute Awarded Accreditation

The Cummings Institute for Behavioral Health Studies Doctor of Behavioral Health Program has been awarded provisional accreditation by NIBHQ. NIBHQ provisional accreditation was granted to the Institute's DBH program for meeting all NIBHQ criteria for the doctoral program. Dr. Howard Rubin, NIBHQ president, informed Dr. janet Cummings, the Institute's president, that they may use the title, "NIBHQ Provisional Accreditation" in all of their marketing materials. The Cummings Institute program will be evaluated yearly. After graduating two successive classes, the institute may apply for full accreditation.

ASU DBH Accreditation Withdrawn

The Nicholas A. Cummings Doctor of Behavioral Health Program, which was accredited by NIBHQ will be withdrawn from the Arizona State University as of December 31, 2014. NIBHQ accreditation previously was granted to the ASU program when it statisfied all NIBHQ criteria for the doctoral program. ASU has announced that it will no longer follow the criteria NIBHQ requires for accreditation and will no longer be called the Nicholas A. Cummings Doctor of Behavioral Health Program. Dr. Nicholas Cummings has annnounced that the DBH program will be moved to another location outside of ASU. Since the Cummings DBH Program will no longer be housed at ASU, the changed ASU program will require a new NIBHQ accreditation application. Dr. Howard Rubin, NIBHQ president, informed ASU of the withdrawal of the program's accreditation. The letters to ASU can be read at HERE

NIBHQ Introduces A Model Prescribing Legislation Bill

NIBHQ endorses and advocates for model legislation for prescribing psychotropic medications.
In order to ensure quality care for patients, NIBHQ believes that there must be standards
when patients are prescribed these medications. Due to the high incidence of over-prescribing
of these medications for conditions and symptoms that a patient may not even have, it is
important to incorporate standards into prescribing practices so that patients can be protected
against risk and harm. Moreover, drug company sponsored research underlying the effectiveness of many of these medications is highly suspect. Read the full text of the model legislation HERE

The Value Of NIBHQ Program Accreditation

Professionally, accreditation represents a process of voluntary
review of professional training programs in behavioral health
care. As such, voluntary application for accreditation demonstrates
an attitude and philosophy that excellence and quality is an
important goal of a program. Specialized accreditation, which
NIBHQ offers, is awarded to professional programs that are under
the jurisdiction of institutions, such as a university or college,
or to free-standing, professional schools offering post graduate
training in behavioral health care practice, such as clinical
psychology, social work, counseling, or other programs in
behavioral health care. Read the complete statement Here

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