How do I find content relative to my facility...a substance abuse recovery center certified through CARF?
Thanks for your question. Some more information may help with answers from the community as we are not sure how we can help you.
An independent, nonprofit organization, the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) evaluates and certifies health and human service programs for care excellence, client/patient satisfaction, fiscal responsibility, commitment to ongoing improvement and high standards of business practice.
Most state's behavioral health department mainly oversees mental health and substance abuse treatment services in our state to ensure the state's residents receive care that always meets specific baseline quality standards, regardless of which provider they choose.
We are not required to adhere to JCAHO standards; We are a state licensed facility; yes I'd appreciate help with life safety standards in my facility, which is a non profit, substance abuse recovery center. We are certified through CARF and other industry related accreditation entities.
It is my intention to attend the 3 day NFPA Life and Safety course in Dallas this fall, and I expect that any knowledge I gain there will be beneficial to my facility. I was expecting that this discussion forum, also would provide additional information pertinent to my facility. My facility is approximately 16k sq ft. We are in the final planning stages for an addition which will about double our square footage, with construction to begin in the 4th quarter of this year. Any help would would be very much appreciated.
Thanks for the information. It helps to clarify. As always this leads to some more questions.
Does your state licensing require compliance to the NFPA 101 Life Safety Code? If so what edition will you be using?
I have attended all the NFPA 101 Life and Safety courses for all the editions of the Life Safety Code since 1985. They are all very thorough with professional presenters. You have invested in a good program.
I am experienced (see my profile) in various state-licensed healthcare facilities and would be glad to help. I am sure there are others in the community that will help with their experiences.
I am glad to see you involved in the planning of your new addition. Where should we start?
I've been working with numerous clients for well over 20 years assisting them comply with the intricacies of the various CARF accreditation programs and requirements. One of the more common requests is to perform the "annual external inspection" so I am cognizant with CARF standards and requirements.
What you will come to learn is there are many "AHJ's"... Authorities Having Jurisdiction... local, county, state, and federal agencies/organizations that have some kind of authority or oversight over your facility and how it operates... i.e. what laws, regulation, standards (voluntary accreditation as well as others) that you must comply with to stay in their good graces! Much of this is somewhat unique to each state in terms of local, county, state and which codes/standards (and which specific edition) they each have adopted. Federal requirements by their very nature are fairly uniform regardless of your location.
With construction planned for Q4 I would expect by now DD dwg.'s are done and you are well into CD's, possibly with some preliminary submittals to local/state regulators? This is clearly the time to be considering an independent life safety plan review to identify any oversights and omissions (architects hate to hear this, but... erasers are still cheaper than bulldozers!). More often than not the value of code issues identified during a plan review far exceeds the cost of the plan review itself.
Quite frankly, acute care hospitals are the most commonly represented component of health care found on these boards looking for answers to Life Safety Code and NFPA standards questions. Substance abuse recovery centers have not been well represented, to date, in terms of asking questions and seeking answers so there really is not a lot of specific historic information to search for or pull from. Having said that though, there is a growing body of information related to the Life Safety Code and many other NFPA standards on these boards... the challenging part for someone with limited knowledge of both health care and NFPA is where to look and what to ask for as much of what you will read on these boards may have the ability to apply to situations/arrnagements in your facility.
Rather than spending/wasting a lot of your time searching for questions/answers that might not exist it might be simpler for you to start posting the fire or life safety questions that are of most importance/concern to you and see how the NFPA Xchange community responds? If you have CARF compliance questions outside the scope of NFPA fire or life safety contact me separately and I will do what I can to assist you.
Thank Lawrence, your info was very helpful. With your input I'm assured that the nfpa life safety course ill take in October will be of great benefit to me and my facility.
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