I AM slowly coming to the realization many area's within rehabilitation services here in the USA are about the money,not the patient....http://www.tennessean.com/section/projects23
But again - enter CARF. The last link you posted led to this article from Jul 17, 2011:Public in dark on rehab records2008 change moved inspections from state to outside control
In a move that went largely unnoticed by legislators and advocates, the Tennessee rules governing residential drug and alcohol treatment centers were dramatically narrowed in 2008 after an executive order from Bredesen that shifted the inspection process from the Department of Health to the Department of Mental Health.Subsequently, the state elected to authorize nonprofit accreditation organizations to perform detailed inspections.Before the switch, facilities had to demonstrate to the state details about their operations, such as plans for transporting patients in the event of an emergency.Private inspections' quality questionedQuestions have been raised about the quality of inspections for rehab centers after the death last year of 29-year-old Lindsey Poteet, a patient at New Life Lodge who died after being taken by van to a hospital in Nashville when she became ill. Records indicate there may have been two additional deaths reported by New Life Lodge in 2010.Because New Life Lodge is certified by a nonprofit agency, the Commission on the Accreditation of Residential Facilities, or CARF, inspection reports about its emergency transportation policy, along with any CARF review of the facility after Poteet’s death, are not public record.New Life Lodge had its three-year accreditation renewed by CARF earlier this year. The only reports made public by CARF are cursory survey results, and those take six weeks to access once a request is made.Dick Blackburn, executive director for the Tennessee Association of Mental Health Organizations, said it was not unusual for states to outsource health-care inspections to outside agencies like CARF.New Life Lodge touts its CARF accreditation and points out that surveys conducted by the agency indicate the facility is doing its job.“CARF survey officials noted many existing strengths in New Life Lodge’s operations, including its leadership, communication and patient satisfaction,” a recent news release from New Life Lodge stated. “In a letter to the facility, CARF International President and CEO, Brian Boon, Ph.D., wrote: ‘Your organization should take pride in achieving this high level of accreditation. This achievement is an indication of your organization’s dedication and commitment to improving the quality of lives of the persons served.’ ”
Questions have been raised about the quality of inspections for rehab centers after the death last year of 29-year-old Lindsey Poteet, a patient at New Life Lodge who died after being taken by van to a hospital in Nashville when she became ill.