Step 1: You need to meet all 10 National Standards for DSMES and will need to take at least one participant through your program (as it will be structured and billed for after accreditation is approved), prior to submitting your application. Follow AADE's Interpretive Guidance document and the outlines for each standard to create the documents for your application, as there is no standardized application template you are required to complete. We provide examples from our currently accredited programs for some of the standards for your reference.
Step 2: Complete the online application and upload all of the supporting documents for the standards individually into the DEAP Dashboard. If you are not a member of AADE, you will need to create an account in the DEAP Dashboard. Under the “Sign In” tab, click on the link for the DEAP Dashboard. If you are already a member, or have an existing account, sign in with your email address and password. If you are a new user, enter your email address under “Create an Account” and follow the prompts. Have the following information ready:
- Name, address and phone number of your sponsoring organization
- Name of your program (this will be the name on your accreditation certificate, so make sure it matches the name you plan to bill under)
- Quality Coordinator name and email address
- Name and address for any branch or community sites
- Names and credentials for all team members (professional instructors and community health workers)
Step 3: Pay the application fee and additional fees if you have branch locations. If paying online, have credit card ready. If paying by check, make sure to indicate when prompted and mail using a method that provides tracking information. Once your application and payment are submitted, the staff will review for completeness and you will be contacted to set up a phone interview. All communication with the staff should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other Tips for Success as you prepare your application
1. Do your homework. Scope out any competition for referrals in your area, determine if there are unmet needs in your community that you could provide, determine the perceived needs and willingness of potential referring providers, and come up with a marketing strategy. Work on developing a “referral champion” who supports the program and is willing to refer at all 4 critical times according to the joint position statement.
Here is a map of accredited programs to assist you in your research
2. Make sure your organizational leadership is on board and is willing to write a signed letter of support for the application, and agrees to provide the following support for the program:
- Adequate staffing, space and materials
- Support for charting, data collection, aggregation and reporting
- Support for coordinator and instructors to obtain required CE credits
- Billing and coding specialist support
- Funds to pay for the application and any additional sites
3. Apply for NPI (National Provider Identification Number) if needed or for paper application call 800-465-3203. Make sure the name of your program on your accreditation application matches the NPI you will be billing under.