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Medical Journal 2011

Thursday, March 24, 2011


Morning Sentinel


Kennebec Behavioral Health gets kudos, accreditation from commission BY GEORGE MYERS JR. Kennebec Behavioral Health

An international organization that promotes quality services for people with mental health and substance abuse problems has given Kennebec Behavioral Health a three-year stamp of approval. The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), is a private, not-for- profit organization whose sole concern is to promote quality services for people with behavioral disorders, according to its website promotional material. The commission, CARF International, has given Kennebec Behavioral Health a three-year accreditation — the highest level of accredita-

tion that CARF can award to an organization — for all of the agency’s programs and services. This accreditation is the third consecutive, three-year accreditation that the accrediting body has awarded to Kennebec Behavioral Health, which has clinics in Augusta, Skowhegan, Winthrop and Waterville and served more than 12,000 persons across central Maine last year. Kennebec Behavioral Health is a nonprofit health care organization that has provided mental health and substance abuse support services in central Maine since 1960. The accreditation decision, made in late December, is the result of a rigorous peer review process that demonstrated to on-site surveyors that the

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agency’s programs and services are of the highest quality, measurable and accountable, according to its leaders. “We are extremely pleased with our survey results,” said Thomas J. McAdam, Chief Executive Officer of Kennebec Behavioral Health. “It is an indication of our commitment to excellence in all areas of KBH, including care delivery, operations and finance.” In the 37-page survey, CARF praised the agency’s work with co-occurring disorders, its positive-outcomes data, customer satisfaction, its billing and fiscal management, community collaborations, vocational clubhouses, its bestpractice assessment tools and the high quality of the agency’s staff, management and administrators. The international commissioner cited

as exemplary Kennebec Behavioral Health’s integrated payment-processing software application called VIBE, and the agency’s advocacy work with the state’s news media to addresses the stigma of mental illness and substance misuse. Founded in 1966 as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, and now known as CARF, the accrediting body establishes consumerfocused standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their programs and services. According to the CARF Report, Kennebec Behavioral Health: • “Has developed excellent best-practice assessment tools for the field for co-occurring stages, maltreatment of More on KBH, Page 59