North Country Community Mental Health (NCCMH) received notice that they were awarded another Three-Year Accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) after their site visit November 2-4, 2022. This is the sixth three-year accreditation the international accrediting body has awarded to NCCMH.
This accreditation outcome represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and shows the organization’s substantial conformance to the standards established by CARF.
“I am very pleased with the excellent results of the CARF survey and proud of the team of talented professionals delivering quality services to our community,” said Brian Babbitt, NCCMH Chief Executive Officer. “What stood out to me during the exit interview is the recognition by all three seasoned surveyors of the strength of the team, their dedication, the teamwork, the positive attitudes, and the focus on those we serve. North County was credited with being in the top 10% of programs they surveyed and our children’s services were in the top 1%.”
The report noted many areas of strength, including the dedication, compassion, and strong, positive attitude of staff and staff commitment to the people they serve.
Especially noted were NCCMH’s partnerships with the community and local law enforcement, the medical director, the two “excellently organized” Clubhouse programs in Petoskey and Rapid City, the assertive community service (ACT) team, the emergency/crisis intervention team, and children and family services. The outpatient treatment and case management programs in each of the six counties served by NCCMH were noted, which “provide an exceptional depth and scope of clinical services to children, adolescents, and families, including infant mental health services, parent support partner services, and home-based services to support children and families across the lifespan.”
In addition, surveyors found it notable that NCCMH won the prestigious Mental Health America Platinum Bell Seal Award for its commitment to providing a mentally healthy workforce at the platinum (highest) level.
Programs surveyed were Assertive Community Treatment, Case Management/Services Coordination, Community Integration, Crisis Intervention, and Outpatient Treatment.
An organization receiving a Three-Year Accreditation has put itself through a rigorous peer review process. It has demonstrated to a team of surveyors during an on-site visit its commitment to offering programs and services that are measurable, accountable and of the highest quality.