PRESS RELEASE: Clifford Beers Receives Gold Seal of Accreditation from The Joint Commission




Sheryl S. McNamee

Director of Public Affairs

203 777-8648 x.2244



Gold Seal of Approval® underscores agency’s commitment

to ensuring all children and families have access to safe, high-quality care

(NEW HAVEN, CT) -- Clifford Beers today announced it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Behavioral Health Care Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective care (pictured above).

Clifford Beers underwent a rigorous onsite survey in June 2018. During the review, compliance with behavioral health care standards related to several areas, including: care, treatment, and services; environment of care; leadership, and; screening procedures for the early detection of imminent harm. Onsite observations and interviews also were conducted.

Established in 1969, The Joint Commission’s Behavioral Health Care Accreditation Program currently accredits more than 2,250 organizations for a three-year period. Accredited organizations provide treatment and services within a variety of settings across the care continuum for individuals who have mental health, addiction, eating disorder, intellectual/developmental disability, and/or child-welfare related needs.

“Joint Commission accreditation provides behavioral health care organizations with the processes needed to improve in a variety of areas related to the care of individuals and their families,” said Julia Finken, RN, BSN, MBA, CSSBB, CPHQ, executive director, Behavioral Health Care Accreditation Program, The Joint Commission. “We commend Clifford Beers for its efforts to elevate the standard of care it provides and to instill confidence in the community it serves.”

“Clifford Beers is pleased to receive Behavioral Health Care Accreditation from The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation,” added Dr. Alice M. Forrester, CEO, Clifford Beers. “Under the Gold Seal of Approval® everyone across the organization will continue to work together to develop and implement approaches and strategies that have the potential to improve care for those in our community. In pursuing accreditation, it was important to us to provide continued assurance to individuals and families regarding the high-quality care they’re receiving in the safe environment maintained by Clifford Beers.”

The Joint Commission’s behavioral health care standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, quality improvement measurement experts, and individuals and their families. The standards are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus to help organizations measure, assess and improve performance.


About Clifford Beers

Clifford Beers has a respected century-plus tradition of bringing leading-edge mental health solutions to children and families. Today, Clifford Beers continues to develop and implement community-based systems of care programming in clinic offices, schools, and homes. Among other things, Clifford Beers offers trauma-informed outpatient care, services for children and their families facing autism or intellectual/developmental disabilities, care coordination that considers the full family dynamic, trauma training for child-serving organizations (schools, camps), and emergency crisis care. Last year, Clifford Beers served over 6,300 children/caregivers and provided professional development training to over 3,300 in Connecticut and beyond. Clifford Beers also maintains a policy presence to protect and expand funding that supports critical human services. Visit to learn more.

The Joint Commission

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, nonprofit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at

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