The Pinnacle Schools, Inc. Awarded Accreditation From The Joint Commission

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The Pinnacle Schools has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in behavioral health care.

Achieving Joint Commission accreditation is a major step toward maintaining excellence.

The Pinnacle Schools has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in behavioral health care. The accreditation award recognizes The Pinnacle Schools’ dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards.

"It’s a testament to the dedication and hard work of our corporate office, day school and residential program’s staff to earn accreditation by the Joint Commission as a Behavioral Health Care provider. I commend my staff for maintaining the excellence of our residential program and elevating our day school in Huntsville to a recognized therapeutic school and day treatment program,” said Karen Lee, CEO of The Pinnacle Schools. “Achieving Joint Commission accreditation is a major step toward maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide. Our next step in enhancing our quality of care is an Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program. We pledge to continue our commitment in the treatment of adolescents and their families,” Ms. Lee said.

The Pinnacle Schools underwent a rigorous on-site survey last month. A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated The Pinnacle Schools’ programs in Huntsville and north Alabama for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of adolescents and their families served, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.

"In achieving Joint Commission accreditation, The Pinnacle Schools has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for the people they serve," said Tracy Griffin Collander, LCSW. Ms. Collander is the executive director of Behavioral Health Care Accreditation for The Joint Commission. “Behavioral Health accreditation is a voluntary process and I commend The Pinnacle Schools for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

Founded in 2005, programs of The Pinnacle Schools include the residential Elk River Treatment Program (ERTP) that provides clinically supported diagnostic, assessment, and treatment services along with an accredited year-round academic curriculum. Typical residents present with the dual diagnosis of substance abuse, and include, but are not limited to ADD/ADHD, ODD, bipolar disorder, depression, online gaming addiction, adoption/divorce/family issues, academic decline/learning differences, negative peer relationships, and obesity. Short and long-term programs are available as well as the weight management program, Healthy Lifestyles.

The Pinnacle Schools’ Huntsville Campuses provide middle and high school students with comprehensive academic and therapeutic services in a private school setting. Typical students of The Pinnacle Schools do not function at their best in a traditional classroom setting and achieve success with a blended learning model incorporating individual computer-based instruction supported by certified teachers in the classroom. Other services available to students promote learning and life skills development such as group counseling, anger management, coping strategies and substance abuse counseling. Students may earn their high school diploma at The Pinnacle Schools or transition to their local school.

The Joint Commission’s behavioral health care standards address important functions relating to the care of individuals served and the management of behavioral health care organizations. The standards are developed in consultation with behavioral health care experts, providers, measurement experts, individuals served and their families.

An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. 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 evaluates and accredits more than 20,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 10,600 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,600 other health care organizations that provide long term care, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. The Joint Commission also certifies more than 2,400 disease-specific care programs such as stroke, heart failure, joint replacement and stroke rehabilitation, and 400 health care staffing services.

For more information about The Joint Commission or The Pinnacle Schools, visit http://www.jointcommission.org or http://www.thepinnacleschools.com.

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