David Lawrence Center Achieves Behavioral Health Care Accreditation from The Joint Commission

October 19th, 2016

Naples, Fl – The David Lawrence Center, Collier County’s only comprehensive, not-for-profit mental health and substance abuse treatment facility serving children, adults and families, is pleased to announce it has once again 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.

David Lawrence Center welcomed the Joint Commission for a rigorous onsite survey in August to renew the accreditation that we have proudly held since 1989. 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 were also conducted. At the end of the survey, their reviewer placed David Lawrence Center’s focus on quality and organizational performance “in the top one percent of programs reviewed”.

“Achieving accreditation is a visible demonstration to our clients, their families, our staff and community of our organization’s ongoing commitment to safe, high quality care and treatment services,” said David Lawrence Center CEO Scott Burgess. “The auditor’s comments left us all feeling so proud that our staff members’ passion, dedication and commitment to providing world-class care to all of our clients was so easily observable.”

The Joint Commission’s Behavioral Health Care Accreditation Program was established in 1969 and currently accredits more than 2,250 organizations. 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 Tracy Griffin Collander, LCSW, executive director, Behavioral Health Care Accreditation Program, The Joint Commission. “We commend David Lawrence Center for its efforts to elevate the standard of care it provides and to instill confidence in the community it serves.” David Lawrence Center’s Gold Seal of Approval® extends to August 2019 at which point David Lawrence Center will receive its next comprehensive review.

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.

The Joint Commission
Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission accredits and certifies nearly 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, nonprofit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.JointCommission.org.

About David Lawrence Center
David Lawrence Center is the Southwest Florida-based, not-for-profit leading provider of behavioral health solutions dedicated to creating life-changing wellness for every individual. The Center provides innovative, comprehensive inpatient, outpatient, residential and community-based prevention and treatment services for the one in four local children and adults who experience mental health, emotional, psychological and substance abuse challenges. David Lawrence Center has three locations in Collier County and provides more than 9,000 people over 220,000 individual treatment services each year. For more information about David Lawrence Center call 239-455-8500 or visit www.DavidLawrenceCenter.org.

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