Hamilton Center, Inc. awarded CARF–CCAC accreditation - August 4, 2009
CARF announced that Hamilton Center, Inc. has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation. This is the first CARF accreditation that has been awarded to Hamilton Center, Inc. for its behavioral health services division. Prior to CARF, HCI was accredited by JCAHO. We will no longer be pursuing accreditation through JCAHO, and HCI’s next behavioral health services CARF survey will be done in approximately two years when our rehabilitation division is up for renewal. This will put all HCI service lines on the same time line.
This accreditation decision represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and shows the organization’s substantial conformance to the CARF standards. An organization receiving a Three-Year Accreditation has put itself through a rigorous peer review process and has demonstrated to a team of surveyors during an on-site visit that its programs and services are of the highest quality, measurable, and accountable.
Some of the strengths that the auditors listed in their report were:
- HCI is one of the oldest providers of behavioral health services in the state of Indiana and enjoys broad support throughout the communities it serves.
- HCI has strong links to the community.
- There is evidence of strong leadership by an executive director who is active in the industry and community activities.
- HCI Is a well-organized organization with clear lines of authority.
- The organization has well-developed fiscal policies, procedures, and practices that guide activity in this area and help to ensure fiscal solvency.
- The organization’s facilities are well maintained and provide ample space to conduct program and administrative activities.
- The organization has dedicated and enthusiastic staff members, many of whom enjoy a long tenure with the organization.
- The human resource department of HCI is consistently engaging in recruitment and retention activities aimed at maintaining a high level of quality services for consumers.
- The organization focuses many services on its very young population in an attempt to maintain strong families, particularly the foster program and the three-to five year old day program.
HAMILTON CENTER RECEIVED EXEMPLARY CONFORMANCE TO THE FOLLOWING THREE STANDARDS:
- HCI Has a comprehensive strategic planning process that is the result of input from consumers, staff, administration and governance. This is a fluid process that is continually reviewed.
- The organization is commended for its comprehensive training activities in the area of prevention and control of infections and communicable diseases.
- HCI is commended for its role in the development of and participation in the Learning Panel, which is a coordinated effort of the organization and key community partners to develop and deliver pertinent training programs to persons served.
The Continuing Care Accreditation Commission (CCAC) was founded in 1985 as the nation’s only accrediting body for continuing care retirement communities and similar organizations. In January 2003, CCAC merged with the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), a nonprofit accreditor founded in 1966 that touches close to 6 million individuals served in a wide range of human service organizations.