Extra Mile Recovery announced it 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.
Extra Mile underwent a rigorous on-site survey during February 2018. During the review, compliance with behavioral health care standards related to several areas, including care, treatment, and services; the environment of care; leadership; and screening procedures for the early detection of imminent harm was evaluated. Onsite observations and interviews also were conducted.
Established in 1969, The Joint Commission’s Behavioral Health Care Accreditation Program currently accredits more than 2,250 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.
“Joint Commission accreditation provides behavioral healthcare organizations with the processes needed to improve in a variety of areas related to the care of individuals and their families,” said Peggy Lavin, LCSW, interim executive director, Behavioral Health Care Accreditation Program, The Joint Commission. “We commend Extra Mile Recovery for its efforts to elevate the standard of care it provides and to instill confidence in the community it serves.”
Extra Mile is pleased to receive Behavioral Health Care Accreditation from The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation,” added Scott Smith, CEO, Extra Mile. “Staff from across the organization continue to work together to develop and implement approaches and strategies that have the potential to improve care for those in our community.”
The Joint Commission’s behavioral healthcare 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.