You’ve no doubt seen and heard the term “accredited” pop up in reference to addiction rehab facilities. You probably have some vague sense that it means some type of approval but your understanding doesn’t go any further than that. Knowing the substance behind the accreditation process can give you some valuable insight in evaluating rehab programs.

Not all states require rehab facilities to be licensed. Accreditation is a seal of approval that programs can receive in addition to or instead of state licensing. The two main governing bodies that offer this sanctioning are the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (once known as JCAHO, now simply referred to as Joint Commission).

Meeting the criteria to satisfy either of these organizations requires higher standards of operation than the ones found in state licensing requirements. Facilities that earn accreditation have shown a commitment to excellence in program structures, practices and outcomes. They fulfill internationally accepted benchmarks of quality and focus on a satisfactory experience for each individual patient.

A national survey of more than 13,000 addiction rehab programs found that 56.9 percent of respondents were not accredited by either organization with 21.8 percent accredited by CARF and 19.2 percent by the Joint Commission. This demonstrates the rigorous criteria to be met and the elite status of those who fulfill them.

Both governing bodies also require accredited facilities to use up-to-date research, evidence-based practices and expert professional consensus in their programs. This ensures that patients will benefit from the latest and most successful guidelines in their treatment.

At Transitions Recovery, we take our responsibility to our patients seriously. We are proud to bear the Gold Seal of Approval from the Joint Commission. In addition, we’re dually licensed by the State of Florida for treatment of substance addictions as well as mental disorders. Learn more from our qualified staff members at 800-298-1783.