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Mental Health Center Achieves Accreditation

Post Date:02/28/2018 1:30 PM

The Richard Hall Community Mental Health Center of Somerset County has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Behavioral Health Care Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective care.

“As one of only two counties that have a mental health center,  we are proud of the work that is done at Richard Hall and the amazing staff that are continually adjusting programs to meet the behavioral health needs of the residents of Somerset County,” said Freeholder Patricia Walsh, mental health board liaison. “They are all compassionate, caring and responsive to those in need.”

The Richard Hall Community Mental Health Center of Somerset County underwent a rigorous, three-day onsite survey in November 2017. During the review, compliance with behavioral health care standards related to several areas was evaluated, including care, treatment, and services; environment of care; leadership; and screening procedures for the early detection of imminent harm. Onsite observations and interviews also were conducted.

“The Richard Hall Community Mental Health Center is both proud and pleased to receive Behavioral Health Care Accreditation from The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality-improvement and accrediting body in the nation,” said Executive Director Nicci Spinazzola, Ed.S., LMFT, LPC, ACS. “I want to recognize the wholehearted work and dedication of each of our staff members who made this a success and who work each day to advance and implement approaches and strategies to improve care for those in our community.”

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

Established in 1969, The Joint Commission’s Behavioral Health Care Accreditation Program currently accredits more than 2,250 organizations for a three-year period. Accredited organizations provide treatment and services within a variety of settings across the care continuum for individuals who have mental health, addiction, eating disorder, intellectual/developmental disability, and/or child-welfare related needs.

Joint Commission accreditation provides behavioral health care organizations with the processes needed to improve in a variety of areas related to the care of individuals and their families. The Joint Commission commends Richard Hall Community Mental Health Center of Somerset County for its efforts to elevate the standard of care it provides and to instill confidence in the community it serves.

The Joint Commission’s behavioral health care standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, quality improvement measurement experts, and individuals and their families. The standards are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus to help organizations measure, assess and improve performance.

Richard Hall Community Mental Health Center
 The Richard Hall Community Mental Health Center of Somerset County is located at North Bridge Street and Vogt Drive in Bridgewater.

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