Monday, December 28, 2009

Hemet Valley Recovery Center Awarded CARF Accreditation

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Hemet Valley Recovery Center (HVRC) has received three-year accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).  The accreditation includes the Centers inpatient treatment, partial hospitalization, and residential treatment services for alcohol and drug addictions.  The Center received accreditation by The Joint Commission last year.

"The CARF accreditation demonstrates our commitment to quality," states Dr. Aung Thu, HVRC Medical Director.  "We are pleased to have received the full three year accreditation with our first CARF survey."

Founded in 1966, CARF is a private, not-for-profit organization that promotes quality rehabilitation services.  It does this by establishing standards of quality for organizations to use as guidelines in developing and offering their programs or services to consumers.  CARF used the standards to determine how well an organization is serving its clients and how it can improve.

"It is rewarding for our team to receive recognition for meeting the highest national and international standards for quality," states Steve Collier, HVRC Executive Director.  "The accreditation demonstrates that we meet rigorous guidelines for service and quality; it's a consumer 'seal of approval' for those seeking alcohol and drug rehabilitation services."

The two-day survey was conducted by a two-person team who determine the degree to which HVRC meets the CARF standards which are developed with input from consumers, rehabilitation professionals, state and national organizations, and funders.  Every year the standards are reviewed and new ones are developed to keep pace with changing conditions and current consumer needs.

According to the survey team HVRC "services, personnel, and documentation clearly indicates an established pattern of practice excellence."  The survey summary states that HVRC has strengths in several areas:

  • A very comfortable, homelike treatment setting with well-appointed counseling and group rooms, including a meditation room for persons served.
  • Maintained facilities to an exceptionally high standard... clean, safe, well organized and well appointed.
  • Leadership committed to continuous quality improvement.
  • Well-trained and professional staff members who received comprehensive, ongoing, competency-based training.
  • Team and dedication to service delivery, to meeting individual needs, and to the organization are evident.
  • Dedicated administrative staff members who are committed to the organization's vision, philosophy, and goals.
  • A reputation in the community for being a service provider of choice.
The summary also concludes that HVRC benefits from being part of Hemet Valley Medical Center, which enhances its infrastructure and provides access to operational resources.

"On balance, it is evident that HVRC provides excellent treatment to the persons served and its dedicated to continuous quality improvement."
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