Why Accreditation Matters

There are hundreds of drug and alcohol detoxification centers in operation across the United States. In name, each of these centers shares the same goal: provision of effective detox services for people seeking to recover from substance addiction. However, in reality, a significant percentage of detox centers fail to offer a standard of care that puts this goal within reach.

To ensure the quality of available care and help potential patients make smart choices, several prominent organizations issue their seal of approval through a certification process called accreditation. Programs seeking certification can only qualify by meeting an organization’s professional standards. Accreditation is a mark of a detox program’s commitment to excellence. It also allows patients and third-party referrers to compare programs across key areas such as quality, consistency of care, long-term effectiveness, patient satisfaction, and cost. In addition, in some markets, certification from an accrediting body is becoming a prerequisite for eligibility for insurance reimbursement, participation in managed care plans and contract bidding.

Summit Detox is proud to hold accreditation from one of the nation’s most esteemed healthcare-related organizations, the Joint Commission. As a Florida-based facility, we also hold licenses from the Florida Department of Children and Families.

The Joint Commission

About the Commision

Founded in 1951, the independent, nonprofit Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest accrediting body in the healthcare field. The organization seeks to continuously improve the level of care available to the public by evaluating individual programs and motivating them to reach the highest possible standards for quality and value. Currently, the Commission certifies and accredits nearly 21,000 healthcare providers across the United States.

What It Means and Why It’s Important

The Joint Commission’s emphasis on clear clinical practice guidelines helps accredited providers establish a consistent approach to care and disease management. In turn, this consistency reduces the risks for errors and complications over the course of treatment. The Commission also places a focus on data-driven performance improvement that translates into consistent, high-quality programs. Staff members of accredited facilities receive ample opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge. Clinical teams also benefit from the commitment to common treatment goals and the concrete validation of their ongoing efforts.

How Accreditation Is Achieved

To earn accreditation, applying providers must undergo a rigorous on-site survey conducted by a Joint Commission team of professional assessors. Each member of this team has significant experience in the evaluation of disease management programs. In addition, each assessor is trained to offer expert advice and provide the education needed to uphold best practices. To receive positive survey results, applicants must meet Commission standards on key recovery-related topics such as person-centered care and overall satisfaction with the care experience. Qualifying facilities receive the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval as a demonstration of their commitment to top-quality services. This accreditation must be reaffirmed through a new survey at least once every three years. If you would like to report concerns about the safety and quality of care of the individual served please click HERE to report to The Joint Commission.

The Florida Department of Children and Families

The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) is a state agency tasked with the protection of vulnerable population groups and promoting the establishment of strong, economically self-sufficient family units. DCF also plays an important role in supporting the process of personal and family recovery from substance addiction and other issues. Summit Detox maintains all current licensing from this vitally important organization.

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