Each of START's MAT Clinics Has Earned Full 3-Year Re-accreditation from CARF
A message from START's CEO, Dr. Brown:
I am pleased to share some great news with you today. Each of START’s seven medication-assisted programs has earned a full 3-year re-accreditation from CARF! This is the fifth consecutive time that these programs have attained this phenomenal achievement.
CARF is the accrediting body which oversees chemical dependency treatment programs like ours, and a 3-year re-accreditation is the highest level of accreditation granted by CARF. Earning this level of accreditation is a sign that we are among the highest performing opioid treatment programs nationwide.
An unfortunate truth is that with the rise of the opioid epidemic, there has been a similar rise in the occurrence of opportunistic businesses claiming to offer treatment for substance use disorders. Many of these facilities do not offer evidence-based treatments and are at best ineffective, and at worst harmful and exploitative. I bring this up to highlight how meaningful this accreditation is and how START’s history of accreditation sets us apart from other agencies. Along with our nearly 50 years of history of effective, evidence-based treatments, this accomplishment speaks to our excellence among substance use disorder treatment providers. For this reason, we recommend that patients, families, and communities focus upon programs that are accredited to provide care beyond their state license.
I am proud of the way all of Team START (patients, staff, and management) came together to face the challenge of the re-accreditation process. The process for re-accreditation requires additional preparation and work on top of adhering to CARF standards on a day-to-day basis. Everyone associated with our organization has reason to be proud.
While this is a great achievement and a true sign of excellence, we are aware that our success has only been possible with the collaboration of our patients, their families, and the communities within which our programs are located. Bottomline, effective patient care results in a healthy family and community prevention of substance use disorders.
Thank you as well for your continued support of START!
Lawrence S. Brown, Jr., MD, MPH, DFASAM,
Chief Executive Officer