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VA mental health center earns 3-year accreditation

September 17, 2012
by Shannon Brys
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The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) International announced that The Oasis Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center (PRRC) at Northern Arizona VA Health Care System has been accredited for three years for its outpatient mental health rehabilitation program.

This represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and shows the organization's substantial conformance to the CARF standards. An organization receiving a three-year accreditation has put itself through a rigorous peer review process and has demonstrated to a team of surveyors during an onsite visit that its programs and services are of the highest quality, measurable, and accountable.

PRRCs are a new program model being used at VA centers nationwide. The Oasis provides intensive outpatient support to veterans with significant mental health issues including severe PTSD, schizophrenia and other major mood disorders. The focus is on psychiatric recovery, which means that people can learn to live well and reach self-determined goals, despite having symptoms.

Programming at The Oasis is developed collaboratively with the veterans, who are actively involved in setting their own treatment goals. The program is located off the hospital grounds because the focus is on community integration, which means that the center supports veterans in learning how to find support and services in the communities where they live instead of having all their needs met in a hospital setting.

For additional information, contact Larry Fitzwalter at 445-4860, ext. 5302.

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