CarePlus Achieves Behavioral Health Home Certification from the Joint Commission

CarePlus Accredited Joint CommissionCarePlus recently announced it has earned Behavioral Health Home Certification from The Joint Commission. The certification demonstrates CarePlus’s commitment to the integration and coordination of behavioral health care services and primary physical health services through a rigorous process of external validation by recognized experts in the field.

“CarePlus has demonstrated its ability to provide services that address the physical and behavioral health needs of the whole person, which can improve overall satisfaction with the care experience,” said Peggy Lavin, LCSW, interim executive director, Behavioral Health Care Accreditation Program, The Joint Commission.

CarePlus underwent a rigorous onsite survey on Friday, September 2. During the review, a Joint Commission expert surveyor evaluated compliance with a set of standards that focus on the integration and coordination of person-centered health care in order to improve the quality of life for individuals with mental illness or other behavioral health conditions.

“We are delighted to be the first and only organization in the state of New Jersey receive Behavioral Health Home Certification from The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation,” added Kathy Bianco, VP of Clinical Services at CarePlus. “By achieving this certification, we have demonstrated our commitment to quality and safety consistent with The Joint Commission’s national, consensus-based standards of care. It is a mark of distinction that shows we are operating within an established framework to better meet the needs of the people we serve.

Launched in January 2014, the certification is available to organizations accredited under The Joint Commission’s Behavioral Health Care Accreditation Program and is awarded for a three-year cycle. Organizations may achieve the certification by providing primary physical health services directly or by coordinating care with physical health care providers.

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