4 thoughts on “What Does Drug Rehab Accreditation Really Mean?

  • July 7, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    There’s a few others besides just CARF and TJC… There’s also COA, HFAP and then a couple states have their own… Here’s a list of all SAMHSA-approved accrediting bodies for opioid treatment programs (and as far as I know, other than maybe the two states that have their own, it’s completely up to the program which they use): http://www.dpt.samhsa.gov/regulations/accredbodies.aspx

  • July 7, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    This is a very useful article. Accreditation is certainly one factor that should be considered when selecting a drug rehab center (or other human services). As it is often said, accreditation takes an organization “above and beyond” being licensed.

  • July 8, 2014 at 10:26 pm

    I believe CARF to be a money making machine rather than an organization that cares about the type of rehab in accredits. For example: CARF accredits the drug rehab owned and managed by the Church of Scientolgy called Narconon. Their treatment consists solely of learning Scientolgy scriptures (which were intended to train their churches clergy) with no licensed counselors, psychologists or psychologists on their staff. In one Narconon center 3 people died within a 9 month period and I reported this to CARF. The response I got was that it’s not their problem. Narconon boasts a 76% success rate and to this day cannot back up these numbers with a third party study. There are so many lawsuits against Narconon currently for fraud, breach of contract and a number of other shady business practices that any normal accrediting agency wouldnt touch them with a 10 foot pole. CARF instead re-accredited Narconon Arrowhead for another 3 years.

  • July 21, 2014 at 9:19 am

    Accreditation is certainly something that brings lot of comfort to those seeking treatment. Especially in the addiction rehab industry. So much so that some insurance companies will not accept liability for coverage if the facility does not have certain accreditation’s.

    The treatment center I work for Ocean Breeze Recovery recently obtained accreditation from JCAHO and it wasn’t an easy task by any means. It took months and several inspections, reparations, changes, meetings, education courses, staff updates, more inspections, the list goes on. It’s not easy and only the best of the best treatment centers with staff that truly care about their work environments can obtain this seal of approval. Kudos to those who have it and best of luck to those in the process of obtaining it.

    Knowing what I know now about accreditation and knowing its NOT just an organization or award you can just buy, I’d certainly look for them in any type of medical care / facility I may need in the future.

    Great Article Dr. Sack. Thanks for sharing.

    Robert F. Yoder III
    Marketing Director
    Ocean Breeze Recovery


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