Bridges Achieves Behavorial Health Care Accreditation from the Joint Commission

Bridges Healthcare, Inc. today announced it has earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of ApprovalĀ® for Behavioral Health Care Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal of ApprovalĀ® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization's commitment to providing safe and effective care.

Bridges underwent a rigorous onsite survey on February 6-9, 2018. During the review, compliance with behavioral health care standards related to several areas, including care, treatment, and services; environment of care; leadership; and screening procedures for the early detection of imminent harm was evaluated. Onsite observations and interviews also were conducted.

Established in 1969, The Joint Commission's Behavioral Health Care Accreditation Program currently accredits more than 2,250 organizations for a three-year period. Accredited organizations provide treatment and services within a variety of settings across the care continuum for individuals who have mental health, addiction, eating disorder, intellectual/developmental disability, and/or child-welfare related needs.

"Joint Commission accreditation provides behavioral health care organizations with the processes needed to improve in a variety of areas related to the care of individuals and their families," said Julia Finken, RN, BSN, MBA, CSSBB, CPHQ, executive director, Behavioral Health Care Accreditation Program, The Joint Commission. "We commend Bridges Healthcare for its efforts to elevate the standard of care it provides and to instill confidence in the community it serves."

"Bridges is pleased to receive Behavioral Health Care Accreditation from The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation," added Barbara DiMauro, CEO and President. "Staff from across the organization continue to work together to develop and implement approaches and strategies that have the potential to improve care for those in our community."

Established in 1957, Bridges Healthcare has grown from a local child guidance clinic to a health system providing a comprehensive range of services and programs for children, families and adults that encompass evaluation and counseling medication management primary healthcare community support and emergency crisis response. Bridges serves more than 5,000 individuals and families throughout Greater New Haven each year.

The Joint Commission's behavioral health care standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, quality improvement measurement experts, and individuals and their families. The standards are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus to help organizations measure, assess and improve performance.




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