On June 28th, Shelterwood was awarded The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Behavioral Health Care Accreditation. The Joint Commission is a nonprofit health-care accrediting organization that sets quality-care and patient-safety standards for hospitals, home health care providers, nursing care centers, and more. 

The Joint Commission has been accrediting behavioral health care organizations since 1969. Today, only around 2,000 facilities have achieved the elite gold-seal designation, with an even smaller number of residential treatment centers earning accreditation. Accredited centers go through a rigorous process to prove they meet the Joint Commission’s standards as set by the latest scientific research and expert input. 

Accreditation gives families assurance that Shelterwood is meeting the industry’s highest benchmarks. Shelterwood has always strived for excellence, and the Joint Commission accreditation process has only strengthened those efforts. 

“The Joint Commission accreditation is primarily about creating a system that ensures the best treatment and safety for the people being served—our teens, and their families, too,” says Rujon Morrison, Shelterwood Executive Director. 

An Assurance of Safety
Safety is understandably one of parents’ greatest concerns. Knowing that a third-party has affirmed Shelterwood’s safety protocols can give parents a sense of peace. Shelterwood has historically put a high priority on student safety and welcomed the additional tools accreditation gives them to protect Shelterwood teens.

“The very exercise of going through accreditation makes you that much sharper,” says Rujon. “You’re going to get even better at what you already do well.” 

A Mark of Quality
The $35 billion recovery industry has seen huge growth—and big quality problems—in recent years. Some families search through many less-qualified programs to find centers that are founded on sound therapeutic principles and have a real calling to serve struggling teens. The Joint Commission seal can be a helpful shortcut to identifying high-quality options. 

All Joint Commission accredited organizations are committed to trauma-informed, resilience-oriented practices. Shelterwood’s philosophy of care aligns perfectly with these standards. The gold seal helps families know that their teens are treated with respect, using the most innovative and proven therapies.

“Accreditation creates an excellent structure with a lot of accountability and support systems that ensure you’re giving the best care you can give,” says Rujon.

A Requirement for Reimbursement
Finally, many insurance providers will only consider covering treatment at accredited facilities. Being a Joint Commission accredited Residential Treatment Center is helpful for families who are seeking coverage from their providers. 

“We can’t guarantee insurance coverage,” says Shelly Moss, Director of Admissions, “but by becoming accredited, we are doing everything we can do to help parents have the best chance to get the most insurance reimbursement.” 

Continued Hope for Struggling Teens
“Sometimes there’s a misunderstanding that if you are professionally excellent, you will lose your ability to be relationally excellent,” says Rujon. “But Shelterwood’s core values haven’t been compromised at all as we’ve grown through the accreditation process.” 

Rujon says The Joint Commission is very supportive of the unique features of each organization.. Shelterwood will continue guiding teens toward true heart change, with its unique combination of relational living, research-based therapy, and Christ-centered service.

“Achieving accreditation says it all: You are not just a good organization, you are excellent in what you do,” says Rujon. “We’re providing an industry-leading quality of care and safety…and then Jesus is in the mix of all that. How can it be any better, you know?”

Learn how Shelterwood’s accredited residential treatment can help your teen and your family. Talk to an admissions counselor today.