Newport Mental Health has again received the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for the behavioral health services it offers thrroughout Newport County. The Gold Seal symbol reflects a health care organization’s commitment to providing safe and superior quality patient care. Newport Mental Health provides the same high level of services to all clients, regardless of their ability to pay.
NMH has been continuously accredited since 1998. This was its 10th onsite survey and the accredtation was announced last week. To receive accreditation, the organization underwent a rigorous, unannounced onsite review in July of 2022.
During the visit, a team of Joint Commission reviewers evaluated compliance with Behavioral Health Accreditation Standards which are recognized nationally as ‘Evidence Based Best Practices.’ These standards include emergency management, suicide risk, environment of care, infection prevention and control, leadership, medication management, and rights and responsibilities of the individual.
This shows Newport Mental Health’s pledge to clients, families, staff, the general public, regulators, payors and donors, that it has an ongoing commitment to the highest in quality and safety standards.
The Joint Commission’s standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts and patients. They are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus to help health care organizations measure, assess and improve performance. The surveyors also conducted onsite observations and interviews.
“As a private accreditor, The Joint Commission surveys health care organizations to protect the public by identifying deficiencies in care and working with those organizations to correct them as quickly and sustainably as possible,” says Mark Pelletier, RN, MS, Chief Operating Officer, Accreditation and Certification Operations, and Chief Nursing Executive, The Joint Commission. “We commend Newport Mental Health for its continuous quality improvement efforts in patient safety and quality of care.”