Henrico Area Mental Health & Developmental Services earns three-year accreditation

Henrico Area Mental Health & Developmental Services (MH/DS) earned this month accreditation for three years from CARF International following an extensive review of the agency and its programs and services.

MH/DS received its sixth consecutive three-year accreditation, the strongest possible endorsement of compliance with CARF standards. The accreditation extends through November 2019. CARF, founded in 1966 as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, is an independent, nonprofit organization that works with health and human service providers to assess and improve the quality of their services based on internationally recognized organizational and program standards.

MH/DS “has an excellent leadership team, and the commitment to quality is seen throughout all levels of the organization,” CARF said in its report. “The positive attitude of staff members promotes teamwork and dedication to service delivery. There is excellent rapport between staff members and persons served.”

MH/DS earned the new accreditation following a survey in late October that focused on 10 program and service areas, including treatment, case management, community housing, community integration, rehabilitation, prevention and employment. MH/DS is a Henrico agency that provides mental health, substance abuse and developmental services for the counties of Henrico, Charles City and New Kent.

“I am very proud of our staff, they do an incredible job,” said Laura S. Totty, executive director of MH/DS.

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