Brattleboro Retreat achieves accreditation from The Joint Commission

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Brattleboro Retreat achieves accreditation from The Joint Commission

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 4:04pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Brattleboro Retreat today announced it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Behavioral Health Care Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal of Approval is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective care.

The Retreat reported that it underwent a rigorous onsite survey October 24—27. 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.

“Surveyors were unified in their praise of our patient care practices,” said Kirk Woodring, chief clinical officer, Brattleboro Retreat.  “And they consistently noted the passion with which our staff works with patients.”

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.

“We’re very pleased to receive re-accreditation from The Joint Commission,” added Louis Josephson, chief executive officer, Brattleboro Retreat. “This is a meaningful achievement in a process of ongoing quality improvement that never really ends. I’m very proud of our entire staff for a tremendous team effort.”

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, and related needs.

“We commend the Brattleboro Retreat for its efforts to elevate the standard of care it provides and to instill confidence in the community it serves,” said Julia Finken, RN, BSN, MBA, CSSBB, CPHQ, executive director, Behavioral Health Care Accreditation Program, The Joint Commission.”

The Brattleboro Retreat, founded in 1834, is a not-for-profit, regional specialty psychiatric hospital and addictions treatment center, providing a full range of diagnostic, therapeutic and rehabilitation services for individuals of all ages and their families. Recognized as a national leader in the treatment mental illness and addiction, the Brattleboro Retreat offers a high quality, individualized, comprehensive continuum of care including inpatient, partial hospitalization, residential and outpatient treatment. For more information, visit

Source: BRATTLEBORO, VT (December 12, 2017)—The Brattleboro Retreat