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Health department receives 3-year accreditation
LAWRENCEVILLE - CARF International has announced that the Lawrence County Health Department/Behavior Health has been accredited for a period of three years for its outpatient mental health treatment for adults, children and adolescents, as well as its Psychosocial Rehabilitation/Community Integration Program (IVY CENTER).

According to Lawrence County Health Department Administrator Fred J. England, the 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.

According to President/CEO of CARF, Dr. Brian Boon, the accreditation is good through May 31, 2022. In the letter from CARF announcing the decision, Dr. Boon said, "The Lawrence County Health Department should take pride in achieving this high level of accreditation."

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 (conducted March 28 and 29 of this year) that its programs and services are of the highest quality, measurable and accountable.

The Lawrence County Health Department/Behavior Health is a not-for-profit organization with offices in Lawrenceville. It has been providing adult, child and adolescent mental health services in the Lawrenceville area for many years and also has a community integration program, held off campus at the IVY Center.

CARF is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body whose mission is to promote the quality, value and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process that centers on enhancing the lives of the persons served. Founded in 1966 as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, and now known as CARF, the accrediting body establishes consumer-focused standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their programs and services.

England received the notification from CARF on Friday.

"This achievement is an indication of the organization's dedication and commitment to improving the quality of the lives of the persons we are so privileged to serve," he said. "Services, personnel and documentation clearly indicate an established pattern of conformance to the Standards of CARF. Kudos and congratulations to the team of Behavior Health and the IVY CENTER for having achieved this noteworthy accomplishment."

For more information, contact England at 943-3302, Ext. 1003, or Alesha Allen, Director of Behavior Health, at 943-3302, Ext. 3017.


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