The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval

The Joint Commission:

The Joint Commission was founded in 1951, they are an independently owned, non profit organization with the main goal being to improve health care for the public, evaluate health care organizations, and encourage them to aspire for excellence in the quality of care and value on a consistent basis.

The Joint Commission is responsible for accrediting & certifying nearly 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the Unites States. The Joint Commission is the nation’s largest and oldest standard-setting and accrediting organization in health care. To earn and maintain the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval®, an organization must undergo an on-site survey by a Joint Commission survey team at least every three years.

A New Start, Inc. is proud to have earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval®. Our biggest focus at A New Start, Inc. is our patient’s safety and care. We strive for excellence in all aspects of recovery.

Accreditation and Purpose:

The Joint Commission reviewers have experience evaluating disease management programs.
A New Start, Inc. was able to demonstrate the capabilities to treat the health needs of the whole person and improving overall satisfaction with a caring experience, fulfilling the standards of the Joint Commission.

The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® displays a commitment to patient centered quality health care. It is something A New Start, Inc. takes pride in attaining. The JCC Expert Surveyor evaluates the therapy program’s compliance with standards that relate to the field of recovery and addiction treatment while always having a patient centered outlook. The JCC Survey is quite a process and there are many requirements, but this ensures the patient’s care is always the number one focus.

Achieving JCC shows the community that all A New Start, Inc. clients can feel safe and secure and that they are choosing a great addiction treatment program that has a reputation of maintained excellence and provides the highest quality of services.

Knowing that A New Start, Inc. has been set to a certain parr of standards speaks for the quality of care that each client receives in our personalized programs. Having a standard of care gives clients the ability to compare programs with a general idea of a rating system. Sometimes, accreditations could make a difference in insurance plans. The Joint Commission is a prestige that is sought by those who maintain addiction treatment programs.

The Florida Department of Children and Families

The Florida Department of Children and Families’ mission is to “Protect the vulnerable, promote strong and economically self-sufficient families, and advance personal family recovery and resiliency.”

The SAMH program is the legislatively appointed state authority for substance abuse, mental health, and methadone designation. This program is responsible for the oversight of a statewide system of care for the prevention, treatment, and recovery of children and adults with serious mental illnesses or substance abuse disorders. The SAMH programs provide a range of prevention, acute interventions, residential, transitional housing, outpatient treatment, and recovery support services.

Accreditation by The Florida Department of Children and Families (FDCF) is the certification by an independent reviewing authority that an entity has met specific requirements and prescribed standards, and has long been recognized as a means of maintaining the highest standards of professionalism. Accreditation is a coveted award that symbolizes professionalism, excellence, and competence.

The accreditation process requires an in-depth review of every aspect of the offices of inspectors general (OIG) organization, management, operations, and administration. Benefits of Accreditation include establishment of goals and objectives with provisions for periodic updating, evaluation of whether resources are being used in accordance with goals, objectives, and mission, evaluation of policies and procedures, especially as documented in the OIG’s written directive system. Accreditation requires that OIG policies and procedures are in writing, and are available to employees and the public. The OIG is compelled to operate within specific guidelines and is accountable to the CFA, and must stay in compliance with the standards set forth by the CFA in order to retain its accreditation.

A New Start, Inc. is committed to providing our clients with quality services and continuously improving our programs. If you would like to learn more about The Florida Department of Children and Families, please click here.



The Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association

Incorporated in 1981, The Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association, also known as FADAA, is a non-profit membership association representing over 100 of Florida’s premiere community-based substance abuse and co-occurring treatment and prevention agencies, managing entities, community anti-drug coalitions and over 3,000 individual members.

The Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association (FADAA) is dedicated to offering an assorted selection of benefits chosen to enable members to uphold exceptional quality and professional client services while competitively positioning their agencies for the future. The mission of FADAA is to represent its members in advancing addiction treatment, prevention and research through public policy leadership, communications, professional development and quality member services.

FADAA has been involved in leading industry change to better serve consumers and communities and has been at the forefront in creating responsive systems and tools to facilitate the transfer of evidence-based practices to the field. Their focus is also to continuously initiate and expand quality improvement activities.

FADAA believes that addiction is a chronic disease that is amenable to preventative and treatment interventions and that outcomes achieved in addictions treatment are comparable to other chronic diseases. They also believe addiction and mental illness are frequently co-occurring and can be successfully managed in addiction programs.

A New Start, Inc. is committed to providing clients with quality services and continuously improving our programs. If you would like to learn more about FADAA, please click here.


If you’re ready for A New Start, contact us today! Contact Us