On September 14, 2016, First Step Recovery Center, which serves Victorville, California, and the surrounding areas, was issued full CARF accreditation extending for three years through August 31, 2019. This accreditation is due to the overall excellence of the First Step Facility and the multitude of rehabilitation services offered at the clinic. It covers the Intensive Outpatient, Outpatient and Partial Hospitalization programs that are offered.

CARF International, which stands for the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, provides accreditation for numerous types of health care facilities based on the facilities’ adherence to quality standards. The accreditation process can be lengthy with facilities first performing internal surveys before submitting to external surveys provided by CARF-approved individuals. Following this survey, CARF prepares a report describing what the facility needs to do to improve enough to meet the qualifications for accreditation. After receiving the report, the facility must take steps to address the listed concerns and must then provide a written report stating the changes they have made.

First Step Recovery Center was able to fulfill all the qualifications for accreditation within only six months

First Step Recovery Center was able to fulfill all the qualifications for accreditation within only six months, which is the shortest possible accreditation time. In addition, First Step received a glowing report stating that they had done an outstanding job developing and implementing their rehabilitation programs. First Step follows numerous protocols to adhere to CARF guidelines. For example, Dr. Matney and his staff at First Step use modern online means to keep records and also use evidence-based treatment models. The entire staff demonstrates a deep commitment to implementing and improving patient care with an emphasis on personalized health care.

[su_note note_color=”#F0F0F0″]CARF inspects and grades facilities on several different levels. First Step passed with flying colors in all of the Aspire to Excellence sections, including Leadership, Financial Planning and Strategic Planning, as well as in General Program Standards, including Program Structure, Medication Use, and Record-Keeping. The few recommendation First Step received will be addressed immediately.[/su_note]

While accreditation by CARF is not legally required for any health care practices, many facilities do like to seek out accreditation to show the public that they are dedicated to improving their services and their practices continually. Most patients feel more confidence in choosing an accredited facility than a non-accredited one. CARF believes in garnering the thoughts of a variety of types of people throughout many sectors when they develop their standards for accreditation. This ensures that everyone’s ideas are heard and that patients feel that they are receiving the best and most comprehensive style of care.

[su_note note_color=”#F0F0F0″]Dr. Matney and First Step Recovery Center are dedicated to improving all aspects of the care that they provide to their patients. From the moment a patient walks through the door to the time that the treatment plan is completed, Dr. Matney and his staff work hard to ensure an experience that provides well-rounded, compassionate medical care. To cement this commitment and to ensure a commitment to future quality of care, First Step is now CARF accredited.[/su_note]