Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Achieves Highest Level of National Accreditation


The Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), is an international organization providing accreditation for a wide range of facilities and services.  In April, CARF surveyors came to Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services (GCB) to review the organization’s conformance to over 3,000 standards. This involved an in-depth review of all GCB functions and the application of thousands of Behavioral Health and Opioid Treatment accreditation standards.

“It was an intense and validating experience made possible by amazing teamwork across all of our divisions,” said Jeff O’Neil, President and CEO of GCB.  “It was also our first integrated survey since our mergers.”

 CARF standards identify “best practices” for everything from clinical processes and programs, to Finance and Human Resources.

GCB has a long history of national accreditation, and this survey renews the organization’s accreditation for both Behavioral Health and Opioid Treatment.  The surveyors noted many strengths in the organization’s wide-range of Evidence-Based Practices in the areas of clients, services and programs.  Also recognized was GCB’s commitment to using technology and communication to help staff provide comprehensive responsive services, as well as the organization’s multiple years on the Top Workplaces list for Greater Cincinnati. 

Also cited were our strong leaders, who are involved in shaping the regional and national service environment, in addition to their inspired work within the organization, as well as client reports of staff who are committed, resourceful, compassionate and professional in the delivery of services. 

“The surveyors shared that this is truly one of the best organizations any of them have ever seen,” says O’Neil.  ‘Many, many thanks to our team for the work they do, every day, to support our mission of ensuring that people with mental illness, addiction and related challenges lead healthy and productive lives.”

GCB achieved three-year accreditation for both Behavioral Health and Opioid Treatment.