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What is JCAHO Accreditation?

For healthcare providers to remain relevant in the industry, they are required to continually meet with and learn new skills and procedures needed to save lives. The drug addiction crisis throughout the country is taking many lives and it’s paramount for addicts, alcoholics, and families to have reputable treatment choices that follow the highest standards of patient care.

The Joint Commission (previously the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations) is a not-for-profit organization that certifies and accredits nearly 21,000 healthcare providers, including over 1,900 behavioral health care organizations in the United States.

Garden State Treatment Center is a JCAHO accredited drug and alcohol treatment center located in Sparta, New Jersey. As a testament to our superior quality of patient care, we’ve met and exceeded the rigorous standards set by the Joint Commission.

Some of our clients and staff may have wondered: “Why embark on the complex process of obtaining a JCAHO accreditation?” It is safe to say that patients treated at a JCAHO accredited rehabilitation center can expect to receive a higher quality of healthcare services than providers without it.

JCAHO Accredited Drug Rehab

If you’re thinking about addiction treatment for yourself or a loved one, then choosing a Joint Commission accredited drug rehab will give you peace of mind that you’ve made the right decision. Being able to get a JCAHO accreditation is proof that we are among the leaders in the substance abuse treatment industry.

More importantly, it shows that we are fully committed to continuously improving our standards of operation, and providing unmatched services to substance abuse patients. Garden State Treatment Center will be with you every step of the way through the whole addiction recovery process.

Why We Opted For a JCAHO Accreditation

With the number of drug rehab centers increasing by the day, it is important that we distinguish ourselves. True, we have a great staff and facility, but we want no place for complacency in the level of addiction treatment services we provide to our clients. When it comes to healthcare quality and patients’ safety, we need to keep pushing ourselves to attain the standards set by relevant authorities.

The level of competition in the mental health industry is presently tough and we are expecting it to get tougher in the near future. It is paramount that we differentiate ourselves from the competition by pursuing a Joint Commission Accreditation. This helps to build the trust of our patients as well as boost the confidence of our insurers. Additionally, being JCAHO certified helps to validate and improve on the safety standards and quality principles we adhere to.

Is It Mandatory To be JCAHO Accredited?

A number of healthcare providers, drug rehabs inclusive, have argued against the need for a JCAHO accreditation. One of the reasons given is the stringent accreditation process. Some have even proposed a scenario in which federal and state governments, as well as managed care organizations, serve to monitor themselves rather than being accredited by the Joint Commission.

It is to be noted that pushing for a Joint Commission accreditation is totally optional. However, it has been observed that nationwide, the Gold Seal of Approval has been viewed by many as a sign of commitment on the part of healthcare providers to meet certain performance standards.

In the United States, there are a number of organizations that also serve for accreditation purposes. Some of them include the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), and the Community Health Accreditation Program (CHAP).

Benefits of a Joint Commission Accreditation

Although the process of obtaining a JCAHO accreditation is quite challenging, there are a number of benefits of doing so. The following are some of the benefits of a Joint Commission Accreditation:

  • Enhances community’s trust: Being JCAHO accredited is a strong indication that the community you serve can trust the level of treatment and services they hope to receive, and also the quality and safety of care provided. It validates your organization’s commitment to render the highest quality of medical services obtainable.
  • Ensures safety of rehabilitation environment: A JCAHO accredited facility generally needs to meet certain stringent conditions which ensure the center provides an environment that is conducive for patients seeking recovery from a drug or alcohol addiction problem.
  • Provides competitive advantage in the healthcare marketplace: A Joint Commission accredited service provider may stand a better chance in terms of marketing, in an already competitive healthcare market space.
  • Enhances staff recruitment: Having a JCAHO accreditation enhances a healthcare provider’s ability to attract and retain highly-experienced staffs.
  • May cut down on liability insurance cost: By improving on risk management effort, JCAHO accreditation may grant an organization, better access to liability insurance coverage. Cost of insurance coverage may as well be reduced.
  • Assists in organizing and reinforcing patient safety efforts: One of the topmost priority of Joint Commission’s standards and initiatives, is the issue of quality of care and patient safety.

So, if you are looking for a JCAHO accredited rehabilitation center that is committed to patient safety and quality of care, then you need to contact us. That is your first step to full recovery from alcohol or drug dependence. Our team of experienced and empathetic professionals fully understand what you are currently going through.

We have been able to help hundreds of people reclaim their lives again and gain the trust and respect of those they love. Hopefully, we would be able to help you beat your substance abuse problem too. We are always available to answer your questions, comments, and concerns related to addiction recovery.

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