Freeholder Brian D. Levine has announced that the Richard Hall Community Mental Health Center of Somerset County has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Behavioral Health Care Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards.
The Gold Seal of Approval is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective care.
“The Joint Commission is the premier health care quality-improvement and accrediting body in the nation,” said Levine, human services liaison. “It’s a notable achievement for the Richard Hall Center to receive this accreditation.
“Staff from across the organization work with compassion and care for all their clients,” he said, “and they continue to work together to develop and implement approaches and strategies that have the potential to improve care for those in our community. We continue to honor our commitment to provide mental health services to our residents.”
Richard Hall Community Mental Health Center of Somerset County underwent a rigorous on-site survey in October 2014. During the review, compliance with behavioral health care standards in several areas was evaluated, including care, treatment and services; environment of care; leadership; and screening procedures for the early detection of imminent harm. On-site observations and interviews also were conducted.
The following RHCMHC programs were reviewed: Assessment Services, Outpatient Services (Child, Adolescent & Adult), Psycho-social Rehabilitation Services including Adult Partial Care, Project Outreach (PATH), Supported Employment, the Medication Clinic and the Dual Recovery Intensive Outpatient Program (DRIOS).
Established in 1969, The Joint Commission’s Behavioral Health Care Accreditation program currently accredits more than 2,100 organizations for a three-year period. Accredited organizations provide treatment and services within a variety of settings across the care continuum for individuals who have mental health, addiction, eating disorder, intellectual/developmental disability and/or child-welfare related needs.
The Joint Commission’s behavioral health care standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, quality-improvement measurement experts, and individuals and their families. The standards are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus to help organizations measure, assess and improve performance.