Men’s Treatment Centre Receives Accreditation

November 18, 2015

The Men’s Treatment Center located at the Nelson Bascome Substance Abuse Centre has received a one-year International Accreditation award from CARF International, the Government announced today.

“A major initiative of the NDC Act 2013 is to ensure that Government operated substance abuse treatment services implement industry best practice standards by achieving international accreditation,” a spokesperson said.

“In that regard, the Ministry of National Security is pleased to announce that the Men’s Treatment Center, under the auspices of the Department for National Drug Control [DNDC] and located at the Nelson Bascome Substance Abuse Centre, has received a one-year International Accreditation award from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities [CARF] International.

“This is the first attempt at obtaining CARF Accreditation by the Men’s Treatment Programme, and gives a clear indication of the programme’s dedication and commitment to improving the quality of the lives of the persons served [adult males suffering with the disease of addiction].

“This Accreditation award will extend through August 2016 and the Men’s Treatment programme will be listed internationally as a CARF Accredited organization.

“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 have maintained the highest level of accreditation for all of their programmes to date. The Men’s treatment programme now joins them in the ranks of being a CARF Accredited programme.

The Premier and Minister of National Security, Michael Dunkley said today, “Gaining international CARF accreditation illustrates the high standard of care provided by our local substance abuse treatment services and demonstrates that Bermuda’s substance abuse treatment services rank highly in comparison to services provided in other parts of the world. 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.”

“We are very pleased with this most recent accreditation survey of the Men’s programme. We take great pride in what we do for the people of this community and this achievement further acknowledges our dedication to those we serve. This achievement also meets the legislative requirement of the NDC Act 2013, in that facilities operated by the Department for National Drug Control are subject to accreditation.

“There is still much to do as we must continue to maintain accreditation and strive for the highest level through ongoing quality improvement processes. The Ministry of National Security and the DNDC thank and congratulate the staff and management of the Men’s Treatment programme for their dedication, commitment and hard work. Without them this achievements could not be possible.”

CARF, which has its headquarters in US, 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 US, Canada and Europe, at the request of programmes or facilities. More information regarding the Men’s Treatment programme, the Women’s Treatment Centre and the Turning Point Substance Abuse programme listed as accredited facilities can be found on CARF’s website [Find an accredited provider].

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