Mental Health & Developmental Services earns 7th highest-possible accreditation

Henrico Area Mental Health & Developmental Services (HAMHDS) has earned a three-year accreditation — the highest-possible endorsement — from CARF International, following an extensive review of its programs and services.

It is HAMHDS’ seventh consecutive three-year accreditation from CARF, and it reflects substantial conformance to nearly 2,000 standards as well as the agency’s commitment to offering programs and services that are measurable, accountable and of the highest quality.

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.

In its survey report, CARF said HAMHDS “employs warm, competent and respectful staff members. During this survey, staff members were observed displaying compassion, patience, enthusiasm and pride in the supports they provide. In every activity the individuals and staff were involved in, there appeared to be excellent rapport between the staff and individuals. Staff members extend themselves beyond assigned responsibilities and are always available to the individuals. The staff members believe in the mission of the person-centered organization.”

Laura S. Totty, executive director of HAMHDS, said the agency welcomed CARF’s rigorous onsite review by peer surveyors. “I am very proud of our staff and appreciative of the commitment shown every day to our mission,” she added.

HAMHDS’ accreditation covers the following programs and services: assertive community treatment; case management/services coordination; community housing for adults receiving mental health services; community housing for adults with developmental disabilities; community integration-psychosocial rehabilitation; prevention, supported living, community employment, community integration-Hermitage Enterprises and Cypress Enterprises; community integration-older adults/dementia care; and organizational employment programs.

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