Community Recovery Receives Joint Commission Accreditation

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Chief Operating Officer discusses 2013 plans in adapting to Obamacare Addiction Treatment Health Care Financing.

"We all need to be accountable to our peers and the treatment community. By participating in accreditation we participate in the process of improving addiction treatment."-Kirsten Wallace, Chief Operating Officer, CRLA

Community Recovery has received Joint Commission Accreditation after a recent review of the facility and program by the Joint Commission Staff.

“We're obviously pleased to be accredited. In our industry especially it is important to be accountable to your peers and the agencies that accredit” Said Kirsten Wallace, the Chief Operating Officer. “This serves our clients and it distinguishes us from other programs who all claim to be professional but don’t show up when it is time to measure their performance .”

Community Recovery now only 1 year old has facilities in the Larchmont area of Los Angeles as well as in the Santa Monica Mountains near Malibu.

“We have great plans for the coming year but the first thing to acknowledge is that we are full” said Wallace “and we are preparing for the massive changes in the health care system. In January 2014 Millions more people are going to have access to mental health and addiction treatment.” We want to be there and ready for those who want help and now will be able to afford it. We and many facilities are focusing on expansion and preparation for the law changes.

The Affordable Care Act or “Obama care”, will outlaw exclusion of pre existing conditions in health insurance as of January 1. “Until now if you were in addiction but had no insurance, you could not get it to cover your illness. This will change and is a very big deal” says Wallace.

The other big change is the establishment of Essential Health Benefits in 12 areas of care—including mental health/addiction, that will establish a baseline of care that all health care plans will have to meet and pay for.

“California is a leader in this area and is aiming high for a standard of care that may ensure all state funded insurance as well as private are giving serious addiction treatment benefits. But who is going to be ready for this vast expansion of care? All facilities need to be moving towards this date with the understanding something huge is happening. At Community Recovery we are getting ready for it.”

For more information Contact Kirsten Wallace 818.635.9380 Kirsten(at)communityrecoveryla(dot)org

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