BRC Achieves Joint Commission Accreditation

The Gold Seal of National Quality Approval

Bradford Recovery Center – a premier provider of integrated addiction treatment services in Pennsylvania – was recently awarded the Joint Commission’s gold seal of national quality approval. This accreditation is a testament to our uncompromising commitment to quality clinical outcomes, and the organization-wide culture of safety maintained throughout our sites and programs.

What is The Joint Commission?

What used to be called JCAHO (The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations), is now simply “The Joint Commission” (TJC). They remain the arbiter of quality throughout the health sector, nationally and internationally, and continually set the standard for what it means to offer safe, secure, high quality primary, mental and behavioral health services to individuals in need.

In their own words, their mission is to “continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value.”

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, nonprofit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. To earn and maintain The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval®, an organization undergoes an on-site survey by a Joint Commission survey team at least every three years.

The Joint Commission is governed by a 32-member Board of Commissioners that includes physicians, administrators, nurses, employers, quality experts, a consumer advocate and educators. The Joint Commission employs approximately 1,100 field staff at its central office in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois, and at an office in Washington, D.C.

In 1969, The Joint Commission began accrediting providers of programs/services for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and expanded the program in 1972 to include the evaluation and accreditation of organizations providing mental health and addiction treatment services.

The Standards

The Joint Commission’s standards form the basis of an objective evaluation process that aims to help health care organizations assess, measure and improve performance. The standards focus on critical elements of patient, individual and resident care, as well as organizational functions that are vital to providing safe, high quality treatment.

Each standard is developed with input from healthcare professionals, subject matter experts, providers, consumers and government agencies, including the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Backed up by scientific literature and reviewed by TJC’s Board of Commissioners, they serve as guideposts for healthcare excellence.

What Does This Mean for Patients?

For over half a century, TJC has been the leading champion of patient safety by assisting healthcare organizations in improving the quality and security of the care they provide. TJC’s safety-focused initiatives encourage and support healthcare organizations in making patient safety a continuous – and high – priority.

Helps organize and strengthen patient safety efforts – Patient safety and quality of care issues are at the forefront of Joint Commission standards and initiatives.

Improves risk management and risk reduction – Joint Commission standards focus on state-of-the-art performance improvement strategies that help health care organizations continuously improve the safety and quality of care, which can reduce the risk of error or low-quality care.

Improves the quality of patient care by reducing variation in clinical processes – The Joint Commission’s standards and emphasis on clinical practice guidelines help organizations establish a consistent approach to care, reducing the risk of error.

Promotes a culture of excellence across the organization – Consistent alignment with Joint Commission standards promotes an environment of continuous improvement in the care of patients.

How Common are Accreditations in Drug Rehab Centers?

According to The National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services, of the 14,00 programs surveyed:

Programs Accredited by CARF

Programs Accredited by The Joint Commission

Not Accredited by Either

The Best Care in The Industry

Bradford Recovery Center’s Pennsylvania drug rehab centers are fully independently accredited to provide integrated mental and behavioral healthcare services to individuals struggling with mental health and addiction issues from around the country. Our compassionate admissions team is ready to take your call. Reach out to schedule a no-cost substance abuse assessment.