CCSA-CECA: Promoting Accreditation for Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities

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CCSA-CECA:

Promoting Accreditation for Residential

Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities

Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) Canadian Executive Council on Addictions (CECA)

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Accreditation in Canada

In 2013, CECA and CCSA commissioned a cross-Canada scan

of accreditation processes and standards for publicly funded

and independent residential substance abuse treatment

agencies.

The report found that one third of facilities across Canada are

not presently accredited and that in larger provinces, three

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Common Misconceptions

Accreditation is too costly

We can`t afford the time and effort

There is no real benefit to accreditation

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CCSA-CECA Accreditation

Stakeholders Working Group

Mission:

To support publicly funded treatment agencies in the delivery of

care through the supports provided by an accreditation process.

**While the Working Group strives to achieve accreditation for all,

this initiative does not address facilities that are associated with

hospitals (given that they are currently part of hospital accreditation)

or that are privately funded.

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CCSA-CECA Accreditation

Stakeholders Working Group

Members:

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Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (Co-Chair)

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Canadian Executive Council on Addictions (Co-Chair)

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Accreditation Canada

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Canadian Accreditation Council

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Canadian Centre for Accreditation

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CARF Canada

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Conseil Québécois d`Agrément (Québec)

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CCSA-CECA Accreditation

Stakeholders Working Group

Key Activities in 2015-2016:

10 Common Practices to Support Accreditation Document

Accreditation Webinars

Accreditation for Residential Substance Abuse Treatment

Facilities: Getting Started document

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10 Common Practices to Support

Accreditation

All six of Canada’s accreditation bodies offer the following 10 services to facilitate the success of residential treatment facilities in the accreditation process.

Promoting organizational capacity building through:

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Training programs customized to meet the needs of the facility.

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Support for developing effective governance structures and service monitoring and evaluation systems.

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10 Common Practices to Support

Accreditation

Providing access to accreditation resources, tools and

networks, such as:

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Websites and online educational resources featuring information about the accreditation process.

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Research on the impact of accreditation on the organization and its services.

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Case studies and testimonials from similar organizations that have completed the accreditation process.

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10 Common Practices to Support

Accreditation

Supporting programs in achieving accreditation with:

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Support personnel within the accreditation body available as a resource to facility staff.

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Standards that are relevant to the context of residential addictions treatment, based on best practices and achievable by organizations of different sizes.

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Independent, third party reviewers and surveyors who are well trained and skilled, and who understand residential addictions treatment.

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Accreditation Webinars

CCSA and CECA hosted two webinars to raise awareness about accreditation as well as the objectives of the Working Group.

The webinars featured:

an overview of the 10 Common Practices to Support Accreditation document;

– information on the myths and benefits associated with accreditation;

– first-hand testimonials of treatment facility representatives that have successfully completed the accreditation process; and

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Accreditation: Getting Started

This resource is targeted to residential treatment service providers and provides:

an overview of the concept of accreditation programming in Canada;

a brief summary of the literature surrounding the benefits of

accreditation to the residential facility, its clients, staff members and government funders;

concrete examples of some of the tools and training programs available to facilities and their staff to support them throughout the accreditation process;

a checklist outlining key elements to look for when determining which available accreditation programs is the best fit for a specific residential treatment facility; and

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Regional Consultations

Four regional consultations will be hosted by CCSA and CECA in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario.

Participants will include:

– representatives from local publicly funded residential treatment facilities (both accredited and non-accredited);

– local decision makers; and

– CECA-CCSA Accreditation Stakeholder Working Group members.

The objective of the consultations will be to meet with our partners

in-person to:

– discuss the benefits and supports offered through accreditation; and

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Next Steps

Future activities being considered by the Working Group include:

Identifying strategies for engaging privately funded facilities in becoming accredited;

Developing or scaling existing tools and resources that assist consumers in choosing a treatment facility for themselves or their loved ones; and

Working with the accrediting bodies to promote general awareness of accreditation to the public, especially for those individuals selecting a

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Contact Information

Rita Notarandrea

Chief Executive Officer (interim),

Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse Phone: 613-235-4048 ext. 232

Email: rnotarandrea@ccsa.ca

Barry Andres

Interim Executive Director, Provincial Addiction and Mental Health

Alberta Health Services Phone: 780-415-0374

Email:barry.andres@albertahealthservices.ca

For more information about this initiative, please contact:

Kate Wood

National Priority Advisor

Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse Phone: 613-235-4048 ext. 225

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