Joint Commission Accredits Behavioral Health Organizations

Established in Utah in 1971, Provo Canyon School is a residential treatment center founded on the belief that all youth have the potential for change and growth. Provo Canyon School holds accreditation from the Joint Commission, an agency that accredits many types of health care organizations, including behavioral health facilities.

The Joint Commission originally focused on accrediting organizations serving people with intellectual disabilities but expanded its focus to include organizations that provide chemical dependency and mental health services. To receive accreditation, facilities undergo a full on-site survey to assess their operational systems every three years. Experienced, licensed psychologists, social workers, counselors, and other behavioral health professionals conduct these surveys.

Since more than 190 state authorities recognize Joint Commission accreditation, earning that acknowledgment helps behavioral health organizations demonstrate compliance with state licensing requirements and regulations. In addition, some insurers will only reimburse facilities that hold Joint Commission accreditation. The Joint Commission accredits more than 2,000 behavioral health care organizations every year.

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