Mental Health America of Beaufort/Jasper and its Island House program was recently awarded a Three-Year Accreditation from the Commission of Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). CARF International is a group of private, nonprofit companies including CARF US, CARF Canada, and CARF Europe that credential health and human service providers.

CARF is an independent body whose mission is to promote quality, value, and optimal outcomes using continuous improvement services and a consultative accreditation process that centers on enhancing the lives of persons served.

This award decision represents the highest level of accreditation that can be given to an organization and shows its substantial conformance to the CARF standards. CARF standards represent industry-tested best practices in areas such as program structure, person-centered services, performance measurement, quality management, technology, financial management and human resources.

A rigorous peer review process is required of organizations who apply to become CARF credentialed. It requires demonstration of commitment and evidence to a team of independent surveyors that programs and services are measurable, accountable and of the highest quality through a multi-day onsite visit consisting of interviews and record review.

Mental Health America of Beaufort-Jasper and the Island House program have operated continuously since 1976. Island House provides a structured program of services led by credentialed staff and peers for adults who have behavioral health treatment goals that can be achieved in a supported environment.

The program operates Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Island House is accepting new client referrals, and gifts of time, talent and treasure are always welcome. For more information, contact Steve Maglione, executive director, at 843-757-3900 or