What does a treatment center’s accreditations and certifications mean? Is this important?

National accreditation programs, such as the Joint Commission, the National committee for Quality Assurance, and the All-States, review elements of treatment that research has shown to be effective. These programs are used to inquire quality assurance and quality improvement. For substance abuse and mental health, accreditations and certifications vary by state, as well as whether the drug rehabs are a private or nonprofit organization. Asking whether a drug rehab program is accredited will show that their program is up to bar with treatment standards and regulations, ensuring a well-run and established treatment program. This will be vital when deciding which drug rehab to attend.

The commission on Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) is a private, not-for-profit organization that promotes quality rehabilitation services. CARF uses standards and guidelines to determine how organizations are delivering care and how it can improve. The standards are reviewed each year in order to continue improvement with changing conditions and current patient needs. The Hills Treatment Center is a CARF accredited facility.