IN THIS GUIDE
- A look at the benefits of Joint Commission Accreditation
- Why should I care about Joint Commission accreditation?
- While a Joint Commission accreditation is important, it is only one of many factors that should be kept in mind while seeking a competent treatment center.
When you’re looking for an addiction treatment facility for you or a loved one, especially when substance abuse co-occurs with mental health conditions, it can be difficult to know where to go. A lot of rehab centers boast about being the best in the state or city, but how do you really know where the best places to go are and where the best care is going to be? Joint Commission accreditation is one way to evaluate rehab facilities on quality of care and safety. But why is the gold seal accreditation so important and how can it help you choose the best addiction treatment center for you or a loved one? Let’s find out.
What Is the Joint Commission?
The Joint Commission is a non-profit organization that evaluates healthcare facilities based on an extensive set of more than 1500 standards to ensure that the public receives the safest and highest level of care possible. As a voluntary service, facilities must reach out to the Joint Commission and ask for a survey of their center to be completed. Because it is not a mandatory accreditation, centers that choose to complete the Joint Commission survey process are seeking to provide their clients with the best care. Rehab facilities that are solely motivated by profit and are not looking to improve upon their practices probably won’t go out of their way to have this completed.
The Joint Commission certification lasts for three years. Upon the end of that three years, another survey will take place. Not only does this ensure that rehab facilities are up-to-date with the best practices for addiction treatment, but it also holds them accountable for continued improvement of services.
Benefits of Joint Commission Accreditation
The Joint Commission accreditation is highly respected in the healthcare community and speaks to a level and quality of care that is not only maintained at the highest level but also practices that are constantly being evaluated and improved upon. When a rehab facility is accredited by the Joint Commission, it boosts its legitimacy as a company and substance abuse treatment provider. Some of the other benefits of this gold seal include:
- Strengthens safety of facility for patient’s
- Improves quality of care, treatment, and services
- Improves risk management and risk reduction
- Reduce liability
- Educates businesses on improving operations
- Advises and counsels staff
- Intensely reviews the facility and its practices
- Recognized by insurance companies
- Maintains the highest level of care with regards to healthcare standards
- Provides tools to continue improving
- Sets global standards for health care
Why Does Accreditation Matter to You?
Knowing that a rehab center has been accredited by the Joint Commission not only means that there is an organization backing them but there is also a group of people holding them accountable for continued improvement. This can be an important factor to think about when deciding on which treatment facility you or a loved one wants to go to as it indicates their services, staff, and treatment programs are constantly under review. A company that is accredited is complying with national standards of safety, quality of care, and improved patient care.
How Does The Process Work?
In order to become accredited, a treatment center has to reach out to the Joint Commission and request online access to their standards and programs. Treatment facilities will ensure on their own that their company is complying with those standards and then they will complete an application requesting this survey and picking a month that they wish for it to take place. If all goes well, the survey will be scheduled and representatives of the Joint Commission will travel to the facility to complete an on-site inspection. If they feel that the company meets its standards, accreditation will be promoted.
Though there are over 1500 different standards, all of which apply to different areas of the medical field, the ones that are looked at with regards to behavioral health include:
- Accreditation Participation Requirements
- Care, Treatment, Services
- Environment of Care
- Emergency Management
- Human Resources Management
- Infection Prevention and Control
- Information Management
- Life Safety
- Medication Management
- National Patient Safety Goals
- Performance Improvement
- Record of Care Treatment and Services
- Rights and Responsibilities of the Individual
- Waived Testing
It’s Just One of Many Metrics
Just because a dual diagnosis treatment center is accredited by the Joint Commission does not mean it will always be the right fit for you. Though it is encouraged to find a center with an accreditation, it is just one of the various different ways in which these facilities are rated. There are going to be some really amazing treatment facilities that don’t have this accreditation, and there may be some with the gold seal that has 200 one-star reviews. It is always best to consider a variety of factors when deciding on where to go for treatment. Some other things to consider when searching for a treatment facility may include:
- Online reviews left by former clients
- What programs they offer
- Staff-to-client ratio
- Staff qualifications
- Location of the facility
- Other accreditations they may have (NAATP, CARF)
- What are the holistic options available
- Do you get to help design your treatment plan
- How long have they been in business
- Do they treat your specific combination of substance abuse and mental illness?
There are so many different metrics that come into deciding what the best treatment facility is for you, and it can be overwhelming at times. By keeping these different metrics in mind, you can do the research and make the most informed decision with regards to choosing a rehab facility for you or for a loved one. If you are still not sure where to go, give us a call and we can help you make the most informed decision possible. Your recovery is your future, and getting the help that you deserve is a crucial part of the process.