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Skyland Trail Achieves Behavioral Health Care Accreditation from The Joint Commission

February 06, 2017

ATLANTA – Skyland Trail today announced it 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. Skyland Trail has been accredited by The Joint Commission since 1995.


Skyland Trail underwent a rigorous onsite survey in January, 2017. 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 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,” said Julia Finken, RN, BSN, MBA, CSSBB, CPHQ, executive director, Behavioral Health Care Accreditation Program, The Joint Commission. “We commend Skyland Trail for its efforts to elevate the standard of care it provides and to instill confidence in the community it serves.”

“Skyland Trail is pleased to receive the Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation,” added Beth Finnerty, president & CEO. “Our strong record of accreditation since 1995 reflects our organization-wide commitment to excellence in client care and evidence-based treatment.”

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.