By Valerie Baldowski
The programs offered by a local community service agency have received an international endorsement.
The McIntosh Trail Community Service Board (CSB) received accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) for the next three years, through June 2013, according to Pam McCollum, chief executive officer for the board.
The McIntosh Trail CSB provides behavioral-health services to individuals from Henry, Butts, Fayette, Lamar, Pike, Spalding, and Upson counties, said McCollum.
The board's accredited programs include: outpatient treatment, residential treatment, crisis stabilization, community integration, supported living, and employment services, she said.
"Our vision is to promote and support community cultures in which those who have, or experience disabilities, are visible, valued, participating and contributing members [of society]," she added.
The agency served more than 6,000 people during fiscal year 2010. Of those individuals, 1,729 were served in Henry through the Henry County Counseling Center and the Henry County Developmental Disabilities Program, said Janet Robinson, accreditation coordinator for the McIntosh Trail Community Service Board.
McIntosh Trail CSB is a part of the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health, Addictive Diseases and Developmental Disabilities, she added.
"A three-year accreditation represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization ...," said Robinson. "We are very proud of the services we offer, and are proud that CARF has acknowledged our commitment to quality behavioral-health-care services and support, by granting us accreditation."