Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support: Site Accreditation Grant

Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (DSMES) is the ongoing process of facilitating the knowledge, skills, and ability necessary for prediabetes and diabetes self-care, as well as activities that assist a person in implementing and sustaining the behaviors needed to manage his or her condition on an ongoing basis, beyond or outside of formal self-management training. 

The American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) offers the Diabetes Education Accreditation Program (DEAP), which is essential to obtain Medicare and private payer payment for DSMES. The AADE developed seven self-care behaviors known as the AADE7tm that are widely recognized as the guiding principles for participants in a DSMES program: healthy eating, being active, monitoring, taking medication, problem-solving, healthy coping and reducing risks.

AADE provides a simplified and streamlined application process, which can be found here, along with step-by-step guidance from accreditation representatives. All new and renewing DEAP programs received one complimentary one-year AADE membership at the time of accreditation or renewal. 

*Note: If you have chosen to pursue site accreditation through the American Diabetes Association (ADA), please contact Cheryl Hoffer at [email protected] or Angie Johnson at [email protected] regarding grant funding and potential reimbursement.

2017 National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support

  • Standard 1- Internal Structure (Standard one relates to your service's formalized internal structure.)
  • Standard 2- Stakeholder Input (Standard two relates to the service seeking input from key stakeholders and experts in their community.)
  • Standard 3- Evaluation of Population Served (Standard three relates to the service's knowledge and understanding of the population they serve and could potentially serve in their community.)
  • Standard 4- Quality Coordinator Overseeing DSMES Services (Standard four focuses on the leadership of the services through the quality coordinator.)
  • Standard 5- DSMES Team (Standard five focuses on the members of the DSMES team, their training, and credentials.)
  • Standard 6- Curriculum (Standard six specifies the type of curriculum and how it will be utilized to meet the participant's needs.)
  • Standard 7- Individualization (Standard seven focuses on ensuring that the education provided is individualized for each participant. Professional members of the team will assess each participant to collaboratively determine the best interventions and support strategies for them.)
  • Standard 8- Ongoing Support (Standard eight focuses on the importance of ongoing support above and beyond the initial DSMES services.)
  • Standard 9- Participant Progress (Standard nine focuses on participant progress in behavioral and clinical outcome measures, and the effectiveness of the educational interventions.)
  • Standard 10- Quality Improvement (Standard ten relates to the process by which programs assess their operations, including the delivery of education and support.)


DSMES Site Accreditation Grant Application


Cost/reimbursement potential: $1,100 site accreditation cost; see AADE page for further details.

Opportunity Details


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