The Beachcomber and its programs for alcoholism and drug addiction treatment have been matters for testing, inspection and evaluation since opening in 1976. From those first days James Bryan, founder, engaged in nearly constant liaison with local, state and national authorities to establish programs to meet the strictest of requirements for treating substance abusers.
As with other respected treatment facilities, professional licensing and certification mark the difference between success and failure. They are always a source for great pride and friendly competition among owners, executives and staff members. By far the most highly respected and widely recognized of professional accolades comes from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, JCAHO.
Their Gold Seal of Approval is the hallmark for national recognition and a primary means for meeting guidelines set by business and industry for working with alcoholism and addictions. Many healthcare insurance providers insist on JCAHO accreditation before authorizing admission to helping alcohol abusers and their families.
When Jim Bryan settled on program concepts for his new organization he elected to follow the long established and successful Alcoholics Anonymous 12-Step program. It would be geared to adult alcoholics, substance abusers and addictions of every type. Treatment plans for resident clients would be aimed at their specific needs. Therapists, newly hired, had to meet experience criteria with professional certifications and degrees in related fields.
The Beachcomber was promptly inspected and accredited after its initial cycles of patient care in 1977. The process remains integral to operations and is adjusted to meet all new criteria as outlined by JCAHO and licensing agencies.
“By demonstrating compliance with JCAHO’s national standards year-after-year, we voluntarily meet the highest standards for health care quality and safety,” Director Joseph Bryan stated. “My father, James Bryan, often said that achieving accreditation by JCAHO was how we would always demonstrate commitment to alcoholics and drug abusers who came to us.
“Everyone on our staff plays a vital role in working to meet the standards set. It gives them a feeling of prestige to work in an accredited treatment organization,” he said. “They also appreciate the educational aspect of the surveys and the opportunity to interact with Joint Commission surveyors.”
Highly experienced behavioral health care professionals including psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, behavioral health care nurses and mental health administrators conduct JCAHO surveys.