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October 2010
Hillcrest Awarded Accreditation from Joint Commission 10/18/2010

Hillcrest Educational Centers has again earned the Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval by continuing to demonstrate compliance with the Joint Commission's national standards for quality and safety in behavioral health care. The Hillcrest programs covered in the accreditation include the agency's three residential treatment centers in Lenox and Great Barrington, Hillcrest Center, Highpoint and the Brookside Intensive Treatment Unit, the therapeutic nonresidential special education program in Pittsfield, Housatonic Academy, and Hillcrest Psychological Services, which offers specialized assessments and evaluations for children and adolescents.

Founded in 1951, the Joint Commission is dedicated to continuously improving the safety and quality of the nation's healthcare through voluntary accreditation. The Joint Commission's on-site survey of all services at Hillcrest under the Comprehensive Accreditation Manual for Behavioral Health Care occurred in June 2010.

Hillcrest President Gerard Burke said, "Accreditation shows that Hillcrest makes a significant investment in safety and quality on a day-to-day basis throughout our organization. We seek accreditation for our organization because we want to be the best at what we do. Obtaining Joint Commission accreditation is recognition of our hard work."

"In becoming accredited, Hillcrest Educational Centers was evaluated against a set of national standards by a team of Joint Commission surveyors experienced in the delivery of behavioral health care services," says Mary Cesare-Murphy, Ph.D., executive director, Behavioral Health Care Accreditation Program, Joint Commission. "Achieving accreditation demonstrates Hillcrest Educational Centers' commitment to providing safe, high quality care."

Burke noted that accreditation is attainable only through cooperation and communication among staff members.? "Everyone at Hillcrest Educational Centers plays a vital role in working to meet the standards. It gives them a well-deserved feeling of prestige to work in an accredited organization," says Burke.? "They also appreciate the educational aspect of the survey and the opportunity to interact with the Joint Commission surveyors."

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