Paint Valley ADAMH Board awarded Culture of Quality certification


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The Paint Valley Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Board has been awarded a three-year Culture of Quality (COQ) Certification.

The Culture of Quality program has been developed by the Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities (OACBHA) and its member boards to improve the quality of the statutorily mandated functions of county boards administering local alcohol, drug addiction and mental health services for Ohioans. The Culture of Quality is designed to promote community confidence and boards’ public support through increased accountability. The Culture of Quality brings consistency to the local board system through self-regulation while preserving flexibility for boards to be responsive to the needs of their respective constituencies.

Peer Certification is a voluntary process for boards that involves an intensive evaluation of the board’s operations in comparison to over 142 standards developed as a part of the COQ. This process is based on a continuous quality improvement philosophy and is meant to be a consultative model that allows peers within the system to perform an evaluation based on pre-established measures to provide ongoing assistance to ensure the highest possible level of quality.

The Peer Certification award letter highlighted the following strengths:

– The Paint Valley ADAMH Board is to be commended for their level of visibility throughout the five-county community-system in which they serve.

– It was noted by the surveyors and during the certification, that all ADAMH Board staff were dedicated, transparent and knowledgeable.

– The board has outlined a very detailed three-year communication plan, aligned with a goal within their strategic plan.

– Prevention activities, along with the work that they are doing in the schools and the community with PAX Training and Mental Health First Aid Trainings, are effective ways of working upstream to reduce and prevent mental health and substance abuse conditions.

The Culture of Quality transforms Ohio’s behavioral health system by promoting a more efficient, effective, consistent and accountable county board system. The Paint Valley ADAMH Board was created in 1967 to ensure the availability of community-based alcohol, drug addiction and mental health services for the residents of Fayette, Highland, Pickaway, Pike and Ross counties.

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