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There are thousands of places where you can get treatment for alcohol or opioid addiction but not all of them have Joint Commission Accreditation. With so many options for addiction treatment, finding a program that will provide the quality care you or your loved one need to treat specific addiction issues can be challenging, overwhelming, and frustrating. Joint Commission Accreditation helps make the process of finding the right addiction treatment facility easier since it’s only earned by the best.
Learn more about the accreditation and how it holds us to our promise of providing the strictest standards of client treatment, confidentiality, and safety.
What Is The Joint Commission Accreditation?
The Joint Commission is the national certifying agency for healthcare organizations in the United States. This includes hospitals, nursing homes, hospice facilities, drug rehab centers, behavioral healthcare facilities, and laboratories. Its accreditation requirements come from behavioral healthcare providers, measurement experts, families, and individuals. By earning the Gold Seal of Approval, a facility shows that it has placed an emphasis on quality of care and maintains the highest standards.
Is Accreditation Required?
For us to legally treat clients, we’re required to obtain a state license from the Florida Department of Children and Families. Treatment facilities, however, aren’t required to have Joint Commission Accreditation. According to figures from the National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services, 19.2% of survey respondents are accredited by the Joint Commission while 56.9% of respondents don’t have any accreditation. Selecting an accredited facility provides an extra measure of assurance that you or your loved one will receive exceptional care.
Benefits of an accredited facility can include:
- Person-centered approach to client care
- Provision of safe rehabilitation practices
- Adherence to policy & procedure standards
- Cultural competence with special populations
- Integrated services and coordinated plan of care
- Client heals in a protective environment
- Medical stabilization, psychiatric treatment, and support
- Research-based interventions
- Staff meets training standards for delivery of addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders treatment
- Facility’s emergency plan meets health & safety standards
- Documentation, critical incident reports, and emergency drills
- Focus on quality improvement activities
Going through the unrequired process of accreditation shows that our staff is not only experienced and qualified to treat alcohol and opioid addiction, they’re also extremely passionate about helping each client receive the help they need and deserve.
The Accreditation Process
Accreditation is an intensive process that takes time, money, and an examination of our operations, client care, staff, safety programs, and policies. When a facility earns accreditation, it shows that it provides the best practices in addiction therapy.
How a facility becomes accredited:
- The facility has gone through onsite visits and an audit of management, staff credentials, program practices, and treatment outcomes
- Well-trained staff with educational requirements that meet accreditation standards
- Efficient program of addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders treatment
- Recognition by an accrediting body that treatment facility meets standards of care for client addiction therapy
- Confidence for family and loved ones of clients in treatment
- High standards of staff training may minimize adverse events for clients and staff
- The facility meets the safety standards for clients and staff as defined by the accrediting body
- The facility operates according to standard set procedures and policies recognized as best practices in operating and managing an addiction treatment facility
- Facility staff is trained on policies pertaining to HIPAA compliance
- Facility workforce is sensitive to all populations with cultural sensitivity and inclusion for culturally diverse clients including minorities, LGBT, elderly, non-English speaking, disabled, and other minority groups
Ultimately, the only thing clients need to know about the Joint Commission Accreditation is that it makes it easier to identify addiction treatment facilities that are committed to quality care and patient safety. As you search for the right treatment facility, there will be many questions that pop up along the way. Our addiction help articles are a great place to start for answering those questions.