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Health Center News May 3, 2013
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Cherry Street Health Services Awarded Three-Year CARF Accreditation

CARF International announced that Cherry Street Health Services (CSHS) has been accredited for a period of three years for its mental health and substance use disorders services:

Assertive Community Treatment: Integrated: AOD/MH (Adults)
Case Management/Services Coordination: Integrated: AOD/MH (Adults)
Community Housing: Alcohol and Other Drugs/Addictions (Adults)
Community Housing: Alcohol and Other Drugs/Addictions (Criminal Justice)
Community Integration: Mental Health (Adults)
Employee Assistance: Integrated: AOD/MH (Adults)
Health Home: Integrated: AOD/MH (Adults)
Integrated Behavioral Health/Primary Care: Integrated: AOD/MH (Adults)
Intensive Outpatient Treatment: Integrated: AOD/MH (Adults)
Outpatient Treatment: Alcohol and Other Drugs/Addictions (Adults)
Outpatient Treatment: Integrated: AOD/MH (Adults)
Outpatient Treatment: Integrated: AOD/MH (Children and Adolescents)
Prevention: Integrated: AOD/MH (Children and Adolescents)
Residential Treatment: Alcohol and Other Drugs/Addictions (Adults)
Residential Treatment: Alcohol and Other Drugs/Addictions (Criminal Justice)

Following an extensive evaluation (17 services, in 14 locations, including Grand Rapids, Detroit and Stanton), CARF noted the integration efforts from the October 2011 merger of three local organizations. Specifically in the area of integrated medicine, CARF recognized three CSHS programs: i.e. Durham Clinic, Sage team (both at 100 Cherry SE, Heart of the City Health Center), and Southside Clinic (2303 Kalamazoo SE). Durham and Sage received designation as Integrated Behavioral Health/Primary Care services. Durham was also awarded exemplary status regarding treatment innovations for medically fragile patients with co-morbid mental health issues. Sage became only the third program in the United States granted the status of Health Home. CSHS earned a three year accreditation, with CARF noting the merged organization has "the ability to provide all-inclusive holistic services to persons served, who reported a seamless transition of care."

This is the first accreditation that the international accrediting body, CARF, has awarded to Cherry Street Health Services since its merger with Touchstone Innovaré and Proaction Behavioral Health Alliance in October 2011. Both Touchstone Innovaré and Proaction Behavioral Health Alliance had been awarded several previous accreditations by CARF. Cherry Street Health Services is also accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) for primary care including: pediatrics, internal medicine, family practice, OB/GYN, vision, dental, pharmacy and medication management, laboratory, diagnostic imaging, patient health education ancillary services of maternal and infant health and research.

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 a Three-Year Accreditation has put itself through a rigorous peer review process. It has demonstrated to a team of surveyors during an on-site visit its commitment to offering programs and services that are measurable, accountable, and of the highest quality.

Cherry Street Health Services is a not-for-profit organization with designation as a Federally Qualified Health Center with locations in Kent, Montcalm, and Wayne Counties. For twenty five years Cherry Street Health Services has continued to expand its mission to improve the health and wellness of individuals by providing comprehensive primary and behavioral health care while encouraging access by those who are underserved.

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 International, the accrediting body establishes consumer-focused standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their programs and services. For more information about the accreditation process, please visit the CARF website at www.carf.org.
 

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