CARF Accreditation For Local Treatment Centres

January 22, 2015

The Government announced that the Women’s Treatment Center, under the auspices of the Department for National Drug Control [DNDC] and the Bermuda Hospitals Board’s Turning Point Substance Abuse Treatment Programme have both received a three-year International Accreditation award from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities [CARF] International, which is the highest level of achievement.

These Accreditation awards are valid through 2017.

A spokesperson said, “The Ministry of National Security, through the DNDC has, financially and technically supported the accreditation initiative since 2008, and in 2009, the Women’s Treatment Center of Bermuda was the first facility in Bermuda to meet the standards of CARF for its residential treatment [RT] as well as Community Housing [CH] programmes.

“The Turning Point Substance Abuse Treatment Programme was surveyed for the first time in April 2011 and succeeded in gaining CARF accreditation for three of its programmes, the Detoxification: Alcohol and Other Drugs Addictions [Adults] programme, the Intensive Outpatient Treatment: Alcohol and Other Drugs Addictions [Addictions Pharmacology] programme, and the Outpatient Treatment: Alcohol and Other Drugs Addictions[Adults] Programme.

“Both the Women’s Treatment Centre and the Turning Point Substance Abuse Treatment Programme achieved the “gold star” award of three years accreditation in 2010 and 2011 and have maintained the highest level of accreditation for all of their programmes to date.

“These achievements are a testament to the high standard of care provided by our local substance abuse treatment services and demonstrate that Bermuda’s substance abuse treatment services rank highly in comparison to services provided in other parts of the world.

“CARF, which has its headquarters in U.S.A., was selected as the accrediting body for having the highest standards for substance abuse treatment programmes/ facilities. CARF’s mission is to promote the quality, value and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process that centers on enhancing the lives of the persons served.

“CARF not only assesses treatment programming but also assesses the physical environment, governance, leadership, strategic planning and outcome evaluation systems. A service provider earns accreditation by demonstrating conformance to CARF’s standards through documented policies and procedures as well as by providing proof of processes via a rigorous onsite survey which includes interviews with persons served and external partners.

“CARF grants accreditation in the United States, Canada and Europe, at the request of programmes or facilities. You can find the Women’s Treatment Centre and the Turning Point Substance Abuse programme listed as accredited facilities on CARF’s website [Find an accredited provider].”

A Ministry of National Security spokesperson said, “The respective teams within the Ministry of National Security and the Ministry of Health, Seniors and Environment are pleased with the outcome of these accreditation surveys.

“We take pride in what we do for the people of this community and this achievement further acknowledges our dedication to those we serve. Our community can be confident in the fact that the services we provide are of the highest quality and that our client’s welfare is our top priority.

“There is still much to do as we must continue to maintain accreditation at the highest level through ongoing quality improvement processes and seek to have other Government based substance abuse services gain accreditation in the future.

“The Ministry of National Security and The Department for National Drug Control thank the staff and management of The Women’s Treatment Center and Turning Point Substance Abuse Programme for their dedication, commitment and hard work. Without them these achievements could not be possible.”

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  1. Greenrock says:

    This is a significant accomplishment for our local treatment services- congratulations to all involved.

    Two questions:

    1) How will this encourage and lead to health care coverage for addiction treatment so government can begin to step away from funding all these important services?
    2)What efficiencies can be obtained within our fragmented prevention and treatment system?

    How can we move from an EGO-system to an ECO-system?