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SEARHC treatment programs earn CARF accreditation


SITKA, Nov. 23, 2011 — The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) Behavioral Health Division recently received a three-year accreditation by CARF International, an international accrediting organization.

This is the seventh consecutive three-year accreditation CARF has awarded SEARHC, the highest level of accreditation available. 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.

The CARF accreditation covers a variety of mental health and substance abuse treatment programs run by SEARHC:

  • Yéil Jeeyáx-Raven’s Way, a residential substance abuse treatment program for Alaska youth based in Sitka with a challenge camp on Biorka Island;
  • Gunaanastí-Bill Brady Healing Center/Déilee Hít-Safe Harbor House, two aligned regional residential substance abuse treatment programs in Sitka for Native American adults (Gunaanastí for men, Déilee Hít for women);
  • The Community Family Services program, a village-based outpatient and prevention program with centers in Angoon, Haines, Hoonah, Hydaburg, Juneau, Kake, Klawock, Klukwan, Pelican, Petersburg and Sitka; and
  • The Juneau Behavioral Health Clinic, an outpatient mental health and substance abuse clinic in Juneau; and
  • The Haa Toowóo Náakw Hít-House for Healing Your Inner Being, an outpatient mental health clinic in Sitka and the consortium’s center for telebehavioral health.

“This achievement is an indication of your organization’s dedication and commitment to improving the quality of the lives of the persons served,” the accreditation letter from CARF said, adding that the accreditation extends through November 2014. “Services, personnel and documentation clearly indicate an established pattern of practice excellence. Your organization should take pride in achieving this high level of accreditation.”

In its 29-page report, CARF notes that members of the SEARHC Board of Directors are deeply committed to the success of the organization, which is seen in terms of ensuring the provision of the highest quality of services and supporting the growth and development of the organization.

The report notes “Play therapy and play therapy components have been added to child assessment and therapy, resulting in an enhanced therapeutic environment and quality care for children. The report also indicates “Teletherapy continues to grow within the organization, which improves access to persons who may not have previously had access to services.”

The three substance abuse treatment programs and Community Family Services program previously had been accredited by CARF, but this is the first time the Juneau Behavioral Health Clinic and Haa Toowóo Náakw Hít outpatient behavioral health clinic have been through the accreditation process. A little more than three years ago, SEARHC unified all of its behavioral health programs into one division.

“I am truly honored to work with such a team of dedicated professionals who serve our customers with distinction, professionalism and enthusiasm,” said Melody Price-Yonts, SEARHC Behavioral Health Division Director.

For more information about the SEARHC programs and CARF accreditation, contact SEARHC Behavioral Health Division Director Melody Price-Yonts at 966-8776. For more information about CARF, go to http://www.carf.org/.

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