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Aug. 21, 2012
Contact: Bevin Theodore, Director of PR & Communications
KidsPeace Georgia awarded accreditation from The Joint Commission
BOWDON – KidsPeace Georgia 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 recognizes KidsPeace Georgia’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards.
KidsPeace Georgia underwent a rigorous on-site survey in March. A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated the campus 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 Georgia 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 Georgia 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 into the safety and quality of our program. Joint Commission accreditation provides us a framework to take our organization to the next level and helps create a culture of excellence,” says Scott Merritt, KidsPeace Georgia’s Executive Director. “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.
About The Joint Commission
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 19,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 10,300 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,500 other health care organizations that provide long term care, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. The Joint Commission currently certifies more than 2,000 disease-specific care programs, focused on the care of patients with chronic illnesses such as stroke, joint replacement, stroke rehabilitation, heart failure and many others. The Joint Commission also provides health care staffing services certification for more than 750 staffing offices. 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 www.jointcommission.org.
Founded in 1882, KidsPeace is dedicated to serving the behavioral and mental health needs of children, preadolescents, teens and young adults, offering a comprehensive range of residential treatment programs; accredited educational services; and a variety of foster care and community-based programs to give hope, help and healing to children, families and communities. KidsPeace offers services in Georgia, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia and the District of Columbia. KidsPeace is proud to celebrate 130 years of giving hope, help and healing to children, families and the communities we serve. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/kidspeace.org or on Twitter @kidspeace.