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SEARHC treatment programs earn CARF accreditation

Posted: November 29, 2011 - 12:03am

The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Behavioral Health Division recently received a three-year accreditation by CARF International, an international accrediting organization.

This is the seventh consecutive three-year accreditation CARF has awarded SEARHC the highest level of accreditation available. CARF, originally known as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, is an independent, not-for-profit accrediting body that establishes consumer-focused standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their substance abuse treatment programs and services. CARF’s mission is to promote quality, value and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process that centers on enhancing the lives of the persons served.

The CARF accreditation covers a variety of mental health and substance abuse treatment programs run by SEARHC:

• Yéil Jeeyáx-Raven’s Way, a residential substance abuse treatment program for Alaska youth based in Sitka with a challenge camp on Biorka Islan.

• Gunaanastí-Bill Brady Healing Center/Déilee Hít-Safe Harbor House, two aligned regional residential substance abuse treatment programs in Sitka for Native American adults (Gunaanastí for men, Déilee Hít for women).

• The Community Family Services program, a village-based outpatient and prevention program with centers in Angoon, Haines, Hoonah, Hydaburg, Juneau, Kake, Klawock, Klukwan, Pelican, Petersburg and Sitka

• The Juneau Behavioral Health Clinic, an outpatient mental health and substance abuse clinic in Juneau

• The Haa Toowóo Náakw Hít-House for Healing Your Inner Being, an outpatient mental health clinic in Sitka and the consortium’s center for telebehavioral health.

The three substance abuse treatment programs and Community Family Services program previously had been accredited by CARF, but this is the first time the Juneau Behavioral Health Clinic and Haa Toowóo Náakw Hít outpatient behavioral health clinic have been through the accreditation process. A little more than three years ago, SEARHC unified all of its behavioral health programs into one division.

For more information about the SEARHC programs and CARF accreditation, contact SEARHC Behavioral Health Division Director Melody Price-Yonts at 966-8776. For more information about CARF, visit

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