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Centerstone’s Integrated Care Program Gains CARF Accreditation

May 19, 2015

Centerstone, one of the nation's largest not-for-profit providers of community-based mental health and addiction services, today announced that it has received accreditation as a Health Home for adults, as well as for children and adolescents from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) International.

Health Homes coordinate care for people with chronic conditions and offer “whole-person” integrated care for physical and behavioral health. The Health Home designation is attached to very specific, measurable protocols that drive care quality and scope of services.
 

“We are excited to have our integrated care model accredited as a Health Home by CARF International,” said Dr. Bob Vero, CEO of Centerstone. “Integrated care has been a major point of emphasis for Centerstone for the last three years—and a concept for which we’ve been laying the groundwork for more than a decade. This accreditation is a welcomed acknowledgement that our hard work has created a successful program.”

Centerstone clinics now recognized as accredited Health Homes are located at 1921 Ransom Place in Nashville (Frank Luton Center), 2400 White Avenue in Nashville (Dede Wallace Campus), 511 Eighth Street in Clarksville (Harriet Cohn Center) and 620 South Gallatin Road in Madison.

Integrated care bridges the disconnects that can exist between a patient’s various healthcare providers. With collaboration and care coordination built into Centerstone’s Health Home model, patients see faster and more robust improvements in their overall health.

“The improvement in care delivered as part of a Health Home is easy to see,” said Mary Moran, Director of Special Projects, Integrated Care and Health Homes. “The value of the speed and ease with which care providers can collaborate for a patient can’t be understated. They are able to address a patient with multiple conditions—from every angle and quickly get the patient in the best health status possible.”

“It is crucial that we work at the interface between physical health conditions and psychiatric disorders because this single point is where we get the largest gains for the patient,” added Dr. Karen Rhea, Chief Medical Officer for Centerstone. “When someone is dealing with multiple issues, the symptoms often compound one another. If you can make improvements to all of these health issues at once, the patient experiences a transformation in their life that supports continued engagement and further health improvements.”

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 standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their programs and services.