WAYSIDE HOUSE ACHIEVES NATIONAL BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CARE ACCREDITATION FROM THE JOINT COMMISSION Wayside House 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. Wayside House underwent a rigorous onsite survey on February 14, 2018. During the review, compliance with behavioral health care standards related to several areas, including care, treatment, and services; environment of care; leadership; and screening procedures for the early detection of imminent harm was evaluated. Onsite observations and interviews also were conducted. Established in 1951, 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,” said Julia Finken, RN, BSN, MBA, CSSBB, CPHQ, executive director, Behavioral Health Care Accreditation Program, The Joint Commission. “We commend Wayside House for its efforts to elevate the standard of care it provides and to instill confidence in the community it serves.” “Wayside House is proud to receive Behavioral Health Care Accreditation from The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation,” said Lisa McWhorter, CEO of Wayside House. “Staff from across the organization continue to work together to develop and implement approaches and strategies that have the potential to improve care for those in our community.” Wayside House Wayside House is a women’s addiction treatment program in Delray Beach, founded in 1974 by Susan B. Anthony, great niece and namesake of the women’s rights advocate, and Phylis Michelfelder. It provides a 90-day residential program and outpatient services, including holistic therapies and employment services. 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.