1. The Laws of New York
  2. Consolidated Laws
  3. Mental Hygiene
  4. Title E: General Provisions
  5. Article 31: Regulation and Quality Control of Services For the Mentally Disabled


Section 31.08 Compliance with operational standards by general hospitals

Mental Hygiene (MHY)

  (a) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 31.07 of this article, with respect to a general hospital, as defined in article twenty-eight of the public health law, which provides services for persons with mental illness pursuant to an operating certificate issued by the commissioner, the requirements of section 31.07 of this article may be deemed to be met if such hospital has been accredited by The Joint Commission, or any other hospital accrediting organization to which the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has granted deeming status, and which the commissioner shall have determined has accrediting standards sufficient to assure the commissioner that hospitals so accredited are in compliance with the provisions of this chapter and applicable laws, rules and regulations in regard to services provided at such hospital. Such accreditation shall have the same legal effect as a determination by the commissioner under section 31.07 of this article that the hospital is in compliance with such provisions. The commissioner may exempt any such hospital from the annual inspection and visitation requirements established in section 31.07 of this article, provided that:

  1. such hospital has a history of compliance with such provisions of law, rules and regulations and a record of providing good quality care, as determined by the commissioner;

  2. a copy of the survey report and the certificate of accreditation of The Joint Commission or other approved accrediting organization is submitted by the accrediting body or the hospital to the commissioner, within seven days of issuance to the hospital;

  3. The Joint Commission or other accrediting organization has agreed to and does evaluate, as part of its accreditation survey, any minimal operational standards established by the commissioner which are in addition to the minimal operational standards of accreditation of The Joint Commission or other accrediting organization; and

  4. there are no constraints placed upon access by the commissioner to The Joint Commission or other approved accrediting organization survey reports, plans of correction, interim self-evaluation reports, notices of noncompliance, progress reports on correction of areas of noncompliance, or any other related reports, information, communications or materials regarding such hospital.

  (b) Any general hospital as defined in article twenty-eight of the public health law, which is governed by the provisions of subdivision (a) of this section shall at all times be subject to inspection or visitation by the commissioner to determine compliance with applicable law, regulations, standards or conditions as deemed necessary by the commissioner. Any such hospital shall be subject to the full range of licensing enforcement authority of the commissioner.

  (c) Any general hospital as defined in article twenty-eight of the public health law, which is governed by the provisions of subdivision (a) of this section shall notify the commissioner immediately upon receipt of notice by The Joint Commission or other approved accrediting organization, or any communication the hospital may receive that such organization will be recommending that such hospital not be accredited, not have its accreditation renewed, or have its accreditation terminated, or upon receipt of notice or other communication from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services regarding a determination that the hospital will be terminated from participation in the Medicare program because it is not in compliance with one or more conditions of participation in such program, or has deficiencies that either individually or in combination jeopardize the health and safety of patients or are of such character as to seriously limit the provider's capacity to render adequate care.