We are happy to announce that we have earned a three-year re-accreditation for behavioral health care from The Joint Commission, the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and quality care. Only a handful of children’s behavioral healthcare organizations in California have earned the “Gold Seal”.
In early April, our clinical programs underwent a voluntary, comprehensive four-day survey. During that survey, compliance with behavioral health care standards
was evaluated across several areas including: patient care, treatment, and services; environment of care and safety procedures; leadership; and screening procedures for the early detection of imminent harm, to name a few. The Center was first accredited in May 2013 and since then has “continued to enhance the quality of its programs and its environment of care,” says Moisés Barón, Ph.D., President and CEO of the San Diego Center for Children.
“Joint Commission accreditation provides behavioral health care organizations with the processes needed to improve in a variety of areas related to the care of individuals and their families,” says Tracy Griffin Collander, LCSW, executive director, Behavioral Health Care Accreditation program, The Joint Commission. “We commend the San Diego Center for Children for its efforts to elevate the standard of care it provides and to instill confidence in the community it serves.”
“This is a significant achievement,” says Barón. “It demonstrates the Center’s commitment to the national healthcare standards of The Joint Commission for the safety, quality of care and superior level of treatment our community’s children and families deserve. I am very proud of being part of a team of professionals who are so committed to continuously seeking excellence in the care we provide.”
A team of Center employees led our entire staff through the rigorous re-accreditation process. Since our 2013 accreditation, the Center continued to develop a consistent, “survey-ready” environment, a culture that did not go unnoticed by The Joint Commission surveyor. She was impressed by our commitment of utilizing evidence-based clinical practices to improve the quality of life of the youth and families we serve, and our processes to monitor safety and increase quality. Additionally, she recognized how actively involved our Board of Trustees were in their significant governance role.
The Joint Commission’s behavioral health care 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.
To learn more about The Joint Commission, please visit this link.