gold seal

KidsPeace Pennsylvania Programs Awarded
Accreditation from the Joint Commission

Schnecksville, PA – KidsPeace has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for accreditation by
demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in
behavioral health care. The accreditation award, covering all KidsPeace’s Pennsylvania programs recognizes dedication to compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards on a continuous basis.

KidsPeace underwent a rigorous on-site survey from August 15-17, 2011. A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated KidsPeace for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of individuals served and families, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management. "In achieving Joint Commission accreditation, KidsPeace has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for the people they serve," says Mary Cesare-Murphy, Ph.D., executive director, Behavioral Health Care Accreditation, The Joint Commission. “Behavioral Health accreditation is a voluntary process and I commend KidsPeace for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

"With Joint Commission accreditation, we are making a significant investment in quality on a day-to-day basis from the top down. Joint Commission accreditation provides us a framework to take our organization to the next level and helps create a culture of excellence,” says William Isemann, President and CEO. “Achieving Joint Commission accreditation, for our organization, is a major step toward maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide.”

The Joint Commission’s behavioral health care standards address important functions relating to the care of individuals served and the management of behavioral health care organizations. The standards are developed in consultation with behavioral health care experts, providers, measurement experts, individuals served and their families.

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks 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. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 18,000 health care
organizations and programs in the United States. The Joint Commission also provides certification of more than 1,700
disease-specific care programs, primary stroke centers, and health care staffing services. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at