An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 19,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards.
Mission: 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.
Vision Statement: All people always experience the safest, highest quality, best-value health care across all settings.
The Joint Commission has been active in behavioral health care accreditation since 1969 when it began accrediting organizations providing services for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In 1972, The Joint Commission began evaluating and accrediting organizations providing mental health and chemical dependency services. Today, The Joint Commission accredits more than 1,900 behavioral health care organizations. Accreditation is available for a wide range of behavioral health care services and programs, including, but not limited to the following:
Benefits of Accreditation
Joint Commission behavioral health accreditation provides a management framework to help manage risk and enhance the quality and safety of care, treatment and services. Recognized by many state authorities, accreditation can be a useful tool to demonstrate compliance with state regulations or licensure requirements. Joint Commission accreditation is also a condition of reimbursement for certain insurers and payers. The process provides a customized, intensive review, and enhances staff recruitment and development.
The Joint Commission’s behavioral health care accreditation requirements address important functions relating to the care, treatment or services of individuals and the management of behavioral health care organizations. The accreditation requirements are framed as performance objectives that are unlikely to change substantially over time. The Joint Commission develops all its accreditation requirements in consultation with behavioral health care experts, providers, measurement experts, individuals and their families. The standards-based performance areas for all behavioral health care organizations include the following:
Status: Fully Accredited by The Joint Commission 2012
The Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) was created in 1999 to serve as the lead agency for health care planning and purchasing issues in Georgia. The General Assembly created DCH by consolidating four agencies involved in purchasing, planning and regulating health care. The department is designated as the single state agency for Medicaid. In 2009, Healthcare Facility Regulation was created at DCH from sections transferred from the former Department of Human Resources Office of Regulatory Services. At that same time, the Divisions of Public Health and Emergency Preparedness and Response transitioned to the department.
The Healthcare Facility Regulation Division is responsible for healthcare planning, licensing and certification of various healthcare facilities and businesses. The Division was created in 2009 as a result of the passage of two laws, HB 228 (2009) and SB 433 (2008). These laws transferred to the Department of Community Health functions previously performed by the Office of Regulatory Services. In 2011, the Division also became responsible for providing direction for the Certificate of Need program in recognition of the value of integrating the administration of health planning with healthcare regulation. The Division is directed by Brian Looby.
Status: License Number PCH006602
Metro Atlanta Therapists’ Network (MATN) is primarily a Therapist Referral Service and a Professional Networking Organization. David W. Edwards, M.A., M.Ed., is President of MATN.
Members are Licensed Clinical Psychologists, Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists, and Psychiatrists. An expanded scope includes Speech-Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Educational Consultants, Chiropractors, Massage Therapists, and other types of helping professionals.
Mission: To assist individuals, couples, and families in locating the appropriate professional(s) to service their specific needs.
NAMI Northside Atlanta is a family-based, grassroots, support and advocacy organization. Started in 1985 by five families, NAMI Northside is a local affiliate of NAMI Georgia. With an active membership of approximately 175 families in 2005, we are the parents, children, spouses, siblings, treatment professionals, and friends of persons with severe mental illnesses, and we believe in recovery. We are working together to build better lives for our loved ones. Learning about brain disorders such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, and obsessive compulsive disorders enables us to see these diseases like other medical illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes or cancer. This information improves our ability to work with our family members and friends towards their (and our) recovery.
The Cottages State of Georgia Personal Care Home Permit #PCH006602 – 9/2/2011
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