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MORE Center Earns Highest Accreditation

Monday February 14, 2011

The MORE (Methadone Opiate Rehabilitation & Education) Center of the Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness has been accredited for a three year period by CARF International, the International Commission on Accreditation and Rehabilitation Facilities. This latest accreditation is the third consecutive three-year accreditation that the international accrediting body has awarded to the MORE Center.

This accreditation represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization. An organization receiving a three-year accreditation has successfully completed a rigorous peer review process and has demonstrated to a team of surveyors during an on-site visit that its programs are of the highest quality, are measurable, and are accountable.

CARF is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body whose mission is to promote the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process that centers on enhancing the lives of the persons served. Founded in 1966 as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, and now known as CARF, the accrediting body establishes consumer-focused standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their programs and services.

“We are proud that the MORE Center has earned its third consecutive three-year CARF accreditation,” said Acting Public Health and Wellness Director Dr. Matt Zahn. “The MORE Center has distinguished itself by the quality of its programs and for its client-centered approach to drug rehabilitation.”

The MORE Center provides medically monitored drug treatment and intensive counseling services to patients who are physiologically dependent on a narcotic drugs such as heroin, morphine, and OxyContin. The center employs a comprehensive, structured program of counseling, education, medical care and case management.

Patients are required to abstain from illegal and unapproved drug use. Through treatment patients re-establish family relationships and find meaningful employment. The MORE Center is part of the Department of Public Health and Wellness’s strategy to control the spread of HIV and hepatitis by individuals who might otherwise spread disease by sharing infected needles. Since the center was established in 1989, not a single patient has become positive for HIV while enrolled in the program.

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