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Fulton County Government Achieves Behavioral Health Care Accreditation from the Joint Commission | Print |

The Agency received the Gold Seal of Approval ® by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards

The Fulton County Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities 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.  

The Fulton County Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities underwent a rigorous onsite survey. During the review, compliance with behavioral health care standards was evaluated.   Among the areas examined were Care, Treatment and Services, Environment of Care, Human Resources Management, Infection Control, Emergency Management, Leadership, Performance Improvement, National Patient Safety Goals, and Record of Care, Treatment and Services. Additionally, onsite observations and interviews 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.  

“Receiving accreditation from The Joint Commission certifies that Fulton County Government is committed to providing high-quality culturally competent behavioral health services to the residents of this county, regardless of their ability to pay,” said Fulton County Manager Dick Anderson. “Receiving the Gold Seal of Approval from the Joint Commission demonstrates that our services rank with the best health care organizations.”  

“I applaud our employees for their professionalism, dedication, and commitment to delivering excellence during even the most challenging times,” said LaTrina R. Foster, Director of the Fulton County Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities.   “It takes continuous year-round planning and organization to meet the strict standards of The Joint Commission, and our staff should be very proud of their teamwork and accomplishments.”  

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 formed by scientific literature and expert consensus to help organizations measure, assess and improve performance.

About 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.

About Fulton County

For more information, visit Fulton County’s website at www.fultoncountyga.gov or connect with Fulton County government on Twitter at @FultonInfo or Facebook at @fultoninfo.  

Citizens in need of reasonable accommodations due to a disability including communications in an alternative format should contact the Disability Liaison in the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities at (404) 613-6385alt. For Georgia Relay Access, dial 711.





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