The Joint Commission on Accreditation, Health Care, and Certification – known as The Joint Commission for short, is an independent, not-for-profit organization that evaluates the kind of care and environment healthcare facilities provide. If the facility can meet The Joint Commission’s high standards, they earn accreditation or certification. The Joint Commission awards accreditation to facility types, such as “Behavioral Health Care Accreditation” for treatment and recovery centers. The Joint Commission also awards certifications for specific programs, such as an Opioid Treatment Program.
Participation in The Joint Commission review is voluntary for recovery and treatment organizations. By agreeing to site visits and meeting The Joint Commissions standards, an organization can show how it makes efforts to provide the best care to its patients.
How Does The Joint Commission Accreditation Work?
If a recovery center wishes to pursue The Joint Commission accreditation, they must first apply to the organization. They must provide data about the amount and types of care the organization provides. The Joint Commission uses this and other data to start evaluating the organization’s performance. An organization must meet very specific requirement to ensure that care, treatments, and programs are provided in a manner that is both safe and of the highest quality.
In addition to submitting requirements, The Joint Commission also conducts a clinical site visit of the organization. They meet with personnel working at the facility and ask them questions about how they care for patients. The surveyors also examine the facilities for safety and availability of safety equipment as needed. Once surveyors make this visit, they issue recommendations and recognition regarding what a facility does well and if there are any improvements to be made. Surveyors can return to the facility at virtually any time to follow up on recommended changes.
What Does The Joint Commission Accreditation Signify?
If The Joint Commission does choose to award an organization a behavioral health care accreditation, the organization is accredited for three years. In addition to showing the value of the services the organization provides to patients and their families, The Joint Commission accreditation also shows compliance with many state and national licensing requirements. The accreditation also helps recovery organizations receive reimbursement from insurers. The accreditation also increases the amount of people who have their care supported by an insurer with medical coverage.
A History of Excellence, The Promise of a Better Future
The Joint Commission has accredited hospitals, health centers, and treatment facilities since 1969. Throughout this process, facilities have worked hard to show that they provide the best standards in care. The Joint Commission accreditation is recognition of these efforts. Currently, there are only 2,700 facilities in the entire United States that have the Behavioral Health Care Accreditation. Becoming one of these select few is a significant achievement for the facility. More importantly, it means they provide the kind of care that helps people in recovery overcome their addictions. The Joint Commission accreditation means their facility helps people see results, which is the most important outcome for recovery care.