Helen Ross McNabb receives highest level of accreditation

The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) International announced that the Helen Ross McNabb Center has been accredited for a period of three years for its continuum of rehabilitation services including mental health care, addiction treatment and social service programs.

The Helen Ross McNabb Center was the first community mental health center awarded CARF accreditation in the state of Tennessee 11 years ago. The latest accreditation is the third consecutive Three-Year Accreditation that the international accrediting body has awarded to the center.

This 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. An organization receiving the 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 that its programs and services are measurable, accountable and of the highest quality.

CARF International’s award letter states that the McNabb Center’s services, personnel and documentation clearly indicate an established pattern of practice excellence.

“Accreditation by CARF International shows our community that we take the quality of our services seriously while striving to be the premier mental health agency in East Tennessee,” says Andy Black, CEO/President of the Helen Ross McNabb Center. “We are extremely proud of this accomplishment as it showcases the professionalism and compassion shown the center’s staff each day.”

CARF International 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.

The Helen Ross McNabb Center is in its 63rd year of providing quality mental health care services in East Tennessee. In 1948, the center began as a child guidance clinic and has evolved through the years to become a multi-service regional agency. The center currently operates in 17 counties, providing mental health care, addiction/recovery treatment and social services for nearly 10,000 children, adults and families.

For more information, visit www.mcnabbcenter.org or call 865-637-9711.

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