Sequel Youth and Family Services Becomes Largest Behavioral Health Organization to Earn National Accreditation from The Joint Commission
Sequel receives honor after piloting program in 2019
Dallas and Oakbrook Terrace, Ill. Feb. 26, 2020 – Sequel Youth and Family Services today announced that The Joint Commission has granted Sequel national accreditation (effective 11/20/2019) after completing the organization’s pilot Behavioral Healthcare System Survey process – a method designed for evaluating provider systems with multiple service sites seeking accreditation.
The Joint Commission is the nation’s largest and oldest independent standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Achieving Joint Commission accreditation reflects a behavioral health care organization’s commitment to quality and its compliance with rigorous, evidence-based performance standards focused on quality and client safety.
“Sequel has consistently demonstrated a track record of transparency and openness in working with The Joint Commission’s single facility accreditation process in the past,” said Diane McCullom, Chief Clinical Officer for Sequel Youth & Family Services. “We were excited about the opportunity to utilize their system-wide survey approach for Behavioral Healthcare Accreditation. This robust and integrated survey process has helped us standardize and streamline our processes and identify systemic issues and solutions across our continuum of services to help improve the quality of care for our clients.”
The Joint Commission piloted its Behavioral Healthcare System Survey at Sequel in June 2019; the national accreditation process took six months to complete. Now that the pilot program has concluded, The Joint Commission is determining next steps in launching the system survey process for other large behavioral health care systems with multiple locations that meet designated criteria.
“The Joint Commission is the premiere standards setting and accrediting body in health care, and we are honored that they selected Sequel to be part of this important pilot program. Until now, we have sought Joint Commission accreditation at the program level to demonstrate that we meet their high-performance standards and provide the best care possible for those we serve. This initiative allowed us to pursue a national accreditation of our organization, which attests to the consistent delivery of services across our network. We are proud to be helping to establish a new best practice for the entire behavioral health care industry,” said Samantha Lee, Chief Compliance & Ethics Officer for Sequel Youth and Family Services.
About Sequel Youth and Family Services
Founded in 1999, Sequel Youth and Family Services is a leading national behavioral health organization that develops and operates a broad continuum of treatment programs for children, adolescents, adults, and families with severe behavioral health, emotional, and physical challenges. The Sequel Network consists of an extensive spectrum of programs designed to equip those we serve with the clinical and therapeutic services, as well as the tools, motivations, life skills, and education necessary to lead successful lives and reach their full potential.
Our programs include long-term residential treatment, short-term impact, shelter care, therapeutic group homes, therapeutic foster care, community-based services, in-home services, and alternative education. Our populations include children in the juvenile justice system, children with autism, as well as children, adolescents and adults with physical disabilities, history of sexual or substance abuse, and psychiatric, emotional or conduct disorders. It is our mission to serve these populations with unparalleled excellence, clinical and therapeutic treatment, and education and support within a safe, structured, dynamic environment — whether on one of our campuses, in a community or school setting, or in their own homes. We are passionate about what we do and delight in providing the individuals we are privileged to serve with excellent programs that instill permanent, positive change and propel them toward their best and full potential. For more information, visit www.sequelyouthservices.com.
About the Joint Commission
Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, nonprofit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org.
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