May 26, 2022
Contact: Wendy Hensley
Comprehensive Healthcare Receives Behavioral Health Care
Re-Accreditation from the Joint Commission
(Yakima, WA – May 26, 2022) – Comprehensive Healthcare today announced it passed The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Behavioral Health Care Accreditation with a triannual review of the previously awarded 2019 certification. This prestigious certification is awarded by the Joint Commission to agencies demonstrating continuous compliance with its high-performance standards in the Opiate Treatment Program (OTP) and overall Behavioral Health Care (BHC) service areas.
Surveyors from The Joint Commission visited Comprehensive Healthcare on February 22-23rd and March 7th – 11th. While onsite, they conducted interviews, reviewed processes, and visited several campuses and programs in person to verify compliance across 21 key standards with over 1,100 elements of performance contained within the standards.
These standards look at several areas related to client care and excellence. Areas such as care, treatment and services; environment of care; leadership; and screening procedures for early detection of imminent harm.
“At Comprehensive Healthcare, we continue to innovate, grow, and challenge ourselves to provide excellent care and treatment to our clients,” said Jodi Daly, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer, Comprehensive Healthcare. “The Seal of Approval from the Joint Commission is a symbol of the hard work put in by staff to adhere to the highest level of care and safety for our community.”\
The accreditation is not required and Comprehensive Healthcare initially sought the accreditation to raise the standard for care and safety provided within the agency.
Established in 1969, The Joint Commission’s Behavioral Health Care Accreditation Program currently accredits more than 2,250 organizations for a three-year period. Accredited organizations provide treatment and services within a variety of settings across the care continuum for individuals who have mental health, addiction, eating disorder, intellectual/developmental disability and/or child-welfare related needs.
“By passing the accreditation review, Comprehensive Healthcare continues to show it’s dedication to the community we serve by promoting review, challenges, and change to our current systems,” added Daly.
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.
“I applaud everyone at Comprehensive Healthcare for their hard work and compassion that has earned this level of recognition,” said Daly. “We have several areas identified that we can continue to improve upon and we look forward to working on solutions to those items as we continue to improve our care for our clients and other individuals in the communities we serve.”
About Comprehensive Healthcare: As one of largest behavioral health organizations in the state of Washington, Comprehensive Healthcare serves clients in six counties throughout south-central Washington. Comprehensive Healthcare is a Joint Commission accredited organization, providing compassionate, individualized behavioral healthcare since 1972. As a non-profit organization, Comprehensive Healthcare is dedicated to delivering high quality, evidence-based services to individuals, families and organizations.
About The Joint Commission: Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, nonprofit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org.