Story last updated at 12/24/2008 - 10:52 am
SITKA - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) residential and outpatient substance abuse treatment programs recently received a three-year accreditation by CARF International, an international accrediting organization.
This is the sixth consecutive three-year accreditation CARF has awarded SEARHC, the highest level of accreditation available from CARF. SEARHC Acting Division Director of Behavioral Health Melody Price-Yonts said that in addition to the accreditation, the SEARHC programs also received two commendations for demonstrating "exemplary conformance to the (CARF) standards."
CARF, originally known as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, is an independent, not-for-profit accrediting body that establishes consumer-focused standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their substance abuse treatment programs and services. CARF's mission is to promote quality, value and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process that centers on enhancing the lives of the persons served.
"This accreditation decision represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and shows the organization's substantial conformance to the CARF standards," the accreditation letter from CARF said. "An organization receiving a three-year accreditation has put itself through a rigorous peer review process and has demonstrated to a team of surveyors during an on-site visit that its programs and services are of the highest quality, measurable and accountable."
In its 21-page report, CARF noted several of SEARHC's innovative treatments. One of the CARF commendations was for SEARHC's use of risk management plan activities, which include monitoring and risk-reduction efforts and how they improve performance.