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Enrolling in a rehab facility may be one of the most important decisions of your life. With that in mind, we want to help educate you on an important attribute you should look for when choosing a rehab facility – accreditation.

Finding an accredited drug rehab facility ensures that you are obtaining the best quality treatment as possible. From meeting policy and procedure requirements to continual inspections, an accredited rehab facility proves their commitment time and time again to the industry and most importantly – to you.

Here’s a look at what exactly becoming accredited means and the process it entails.

What Does It Mean to be Accredited?

Accreditation is a process of being certified as a credible and authentic entity. Simply put, being accredited means an organization has proven itself as a legitimate establishment in its field.

The Process of Becoming an Accredited Rehab Facility

During the months-long preparation and accreditation process, we open our doors to the accrediting facility for onsite visits and evaluations. During the process, several practices including special behavior health policies and procedures, are evaluated.

To become accredited, you must meet the high standards required by organizations such as The Joint Commission (TJC) and the Department of Children and Families (DCF).

The accreditation company may evaluate multiple areas of a rehab facility. Some of these areas include the management team, safety plans, client residential areas, treatment areas and equipment, programming schedules, and therapies. All of these are inspected for quality and industry conditions.

High Standards for Quality Care

At Beachside Rehab, we have a quality assurance consultant who is specialized in behavioral health care standards.  She works directly with our department supervisors to ensure all standards of care are upheld and maintained.

“These standards assure clients and their families that they will receive professional treatment in a safe environment under the leadership of our executive team through the use of continual performance improvement evaluations,” says Beachside Rehab’s Clinical Director, Tabitha Grant.

Staff Certifications for Accreditation Licenses

To fulfill DCF and TJC licensing and accreditation standards, the clinical director must have at least one certification as an addiction professional from the Florida Certification Board. Although this is technically the main qualification that is required, it’s important to look for more specialized certifications from the leadership and staff members of the rehab center you are considering.

“We believe that solid, evidenced-based treatment is essential to the treatment and progress of our clients,” Grant says. “With that being said, I am also a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, a Master-Level Certified Addiction Professional, and a certified International Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor.”

Beachside’s primary and group therapists are all either licensed clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists, mental health counselors and/or have a master-level certified addiction professional license.

Having a well-diversified staff with multiple licenses and certifications ensures you are provided specialized treatment for your individual needs.

Beachside’s Accreditation Commitments

Beachside holds accreditations from multiple prestigious organizations. Here’s more information about our organizations.

Florida Department of Children and Families

This is the state’s public health accreditation board licensor You can check their website for rehabs that are licensed through the state. This list is updated monthly.

Better Business Bureau Accredited Business

Most people are familiar with their local Better Business Bureau (BBB). When businesses are certified through the BBB and have quality ratings, you can rest assured they are trustworthy.

National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers

NAATP is a nonprofit professional society of top treatment providers throughout the continuum of care. NAATP’s service as a convening body brings the industry together to promote collegiality and the dissemination of best practices.

The Joint Commission National Quality Approval

The Joint Commission accreditation and certification are recognized nationwide as symbols of quality that reflect an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards.

Each of these organizations requires rigorous standards to achieve clinical and operational accreditation.

Why You Should Only Choose an Accredited Facility

If you take anything away from learning about the accreditation process, we hope you remember that accredited programs are held to higher standards of care than many state licensing requirements. In return, programs with accreditation treat their clients using best practices in addiction therapy practices.

When you’re looking into rehab facilities, please make this a top question to any location you may be interested in. This simple question may help you in deciding which facility is right for you or your loved one and determine their quality of care.

Call us today for assistance on our confidential helpline at 866-349-1770.