1Each Center affiliated with the Samaritan Ministry must be accredited by the Samaritan Institute. The goal of the process is to help ensure that affiliated Centers maintain sound organizational structures, efficient management and administration, high-quality clinical processes, careful financial and personnel practices, and professional accountability. On a four year cycle, Centers prepare an extensive self-study, undergo a two-day on-site review by an Institute staff member or appointed Center director, and receive a written report on the findings. The careful review and accountability process of accreditation is identified by Center leaders as one of the most helpful aspects of Samaritan Institute affiliation.
Effective January 2017, all Centers will be expected to adhere to the new 2016 standards to prepare for and achieve full accreditation, or achieve full accreditation with one of the three nationally recognized accrediting bodies (CARF, COA, or Joint Commission). When a Center chooses to pursue a nationally recognized accreditation, there will be a few additional Samaritan Institute related quality standards that will be necessary to meet in order to maintain good standing as a Samaritan Institute affiliate. Upon full accreditation, by a nationally recognized accrediting body there will be a reduction in annual Samaritan Institute affiliation fees commiserate with the amount of the annual fees that relate to supporting accreditation services.
Documents used in this process are:
- Samaritan Institute Accreditation Standards, Copyright© 2016
- Samaritan Institute Accreditation Packet for Centers, Copyright© 2016
- Samaritan Institute Accreditation Standards with Sample Policies, Copyright © 2016
- Samaritan Institute QI – PI Template (Word Document)
- Press Release
- Business Associates Agreement
- Full Samaritan Institute Accreditation Brochure