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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Friday, December 18, 2009

Holiday Prayer

At the Hemet Valley Recovery Center and Sage Retreat Holiday Network Luncheon, Gordon Scheible, HVRC Counselor and Episcopal Minister provided the opening prayer:

Gracious God, we are gathered here today as those who have committed our lives in service to others.  We come seeking to learn ever more about how to help others seeking to deal with their difficult struggle with addiction and mental illness.  Inspire us as we endeavor to carry out your will for those entrusted to our care and guidance.  May we have the ability to look upon them with compassion and understanding as we help to be restored to wholeness of life, to be removed from the fears that grip them, and to assist them in the lessening of their feelings of low self-worth.  Give us reasoned understanding, an open mind and the perseverance of love that can come only from you.  Guide and direct our efforts and make us always ready to use the gifts you have given us.  As colleagues, enable each of us to inspire one another and be a credit to the facilities for which we labor.  Grant us both the wisdom and the ability to help others live the life you created them to have.  And now, we ask that you bless the food we are about to receive and the fellowship we share to our use and to your loving service, and may we always remain open to the still small voice that speaks to our hearts of your love and care for us all. Amen.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Teaching Affirmations at Hemet Valley Reovery Center

"Addiction gives us the gift of introspection."

At Hemet Valley Recovery Center & Sage Retreat
we teach the importnace of positive affirmations.


Hold peach in your hearts for
those who cannot do the same,
and see with clear vision
where others eyes
have been clouded
with sadness, anger or rage.
Vow to avenge with light
where others would call forth wrath,
and seek only that which
your own heart knows to be true.