Project Turnabout’s Vanguard residential gambling treatment program, the only one of its kind in the state of Minnesota, is now believed to be the first non-hospital-based residential gambling rehab facility in the country to be approved by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities CARF. CARF is an independent, nonprofit accreditor of health and human services residential facilities.

“We felt it was important to do this so we could have a benchmark against national credentials,” says Mike Schiks, executive director and CEO of Project Turnabout. “We were looking for a baseline from which we could continually improve.”

The CARF approval is part of Vanguard’s ongoing efforts on quality improvement that have been underway for several years. The efforts have focused on individualized treatment planning as well as the interaction with other aspects of mental health.

Vanguard is also employing quality improvement methods established by NIATx, which works with behavioral health care organizations across the country to improve access to and retention in treatment for the millions of Americans with substance abuse and/or mental health issues. It employs a practical, evidence-based approach to quality improvement that is being applied in over 2500 health and human service settings around the country.

“This is not the finishing line for us, but it’s an important milestone” says Mike. “It reflects our commitment to providing the very best care to people with severe gambling addiction.”