Accreditation

Two-day survey turns into nine-hour success

Briefings on Accreditation and Quality, June 1, 2009

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Brattleboro (VT) Retreat, a freestanding psychiatric hospital, was expecting its most recent unannounced survey in March, but what was unexpected to staff members was the length of the survey, says Sharon Chaput, RN, C, CSHA, director of regulatory and quality management at Brattleboro.

However, this time, the only programs surveyed were Brattleboro’s opiod treatment programs (OTP), including an inpatient adult detox and co-occurring disorders unit and an intensive outpatient suboxone treatment program with three treatment tracks. Another difference was that there was only one surveyor, and it lasted for one day.

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