With upwards of 15,000 substance abuse treatment facilities in the U.S., it can be difficult to determine which one is right for you or a loved one. One of the best ways to choose the right treatment program is to consider the facilities certifications. A seal of approval from the Joint Commission (JCAHO) is considered the highest award available for a behavioral health and substance abuse treatment center, having proven to consistently maintain superior levels of client care, outstanding clinical performance and administrative excellence.
What does it mean to be certified by the Joint Commission?
Accreditation is conducted over a several-month process where surveys are performed by experienced, currently-licensed behavioral healthcare professionals including socials workers, therapists, psychologists, counselors, nurses and behavioral healthcare administrators.
Accreditation is achieved by passing on-site surveys, performance assessments and meeting outlined standards provided by the Joint Commission. The seal of approval reflects a treatment facilities commitment to meeting or outperforming the standards of care deemed necessary by the Joint Commission.
Why is it important to choose a JCAHO accredited rehabilitation program?
Think of a JCHAO accreditation like an approval from the FDA. The Joint Commission’s seal of approval reflects an unparalleled recognition of client care and excellence provided by the treatment facility, confirming standards of excellence and care in the healthcare industry to patients, insurers, therapists and specialized treatment centers who only partner with accredited treatment facilities.
What requirements must be met in order to receive a Join Commission (JCAHO) certification?
In order to be awarded the gold seal of approval from the Joint Commission, the center must undergo periodic evaluations by JCHAO’s licensed experts, who provide an honest appraisal of quality of care, treatment offered, and level of expertise, as well as monitoring safety standards.
How many treatment centers are JCAHO certified?
The Joint Commission has awarded certification to about 2,200 treatment centers across the country out of the estimated 15,000 treatment facilities in the U.S., which are expanding every day. The Hope Center for Rehabilitation is proud to be amongst the estimated 15% of National facilities to be accredited by the Joint Commission.
Why It Matters.
The Joint Commission seal of approval is recognized by more than 198 state authorities, which demonstrates compliance with state regulations and licensure requirements.
What is the Joint Commission?
The Joint Commission is the longest withstanding healthcare accrediting body in the U.S., monitoring providers and their level of service since 1969. This independent, non-for-profit accrediting agency certifies healthcare organizations throughout the United States. Their standards are considered the most rigorous of the available accrediting agencies for behavioral healthcare and substance abuse, inspiring centers to excel at providing quality care and service to their patients.
The purpose of the Joint Commission is to help outline detailed standards for behavioral healthcare facilities to maintain, including:
- A consistent approach to substance abuse treatment and care
- Ethical business standards for the administrative team
- Agreed upon clinical standards for the highest level of therapeutic service
To learn more about the standards necessary in order to receive full accreditation from the Joint Commission, read their online standards manual, The Comprehensive Accreditation Manual for Behavioral Health Care.