Brookhaven News
Monday, 07 May 2012 16:34

Brookhaven Retreat Successfully Receives Gold Seal of Approval from JCAHO

Brookhaven Retreat has successfully received its second accreditation from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO).

Brookhaven Retreat participated in the process of becoming an accredited organization through the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) for the second time. As a result of the survey, there were no requirements for improvement identified. Accreditation became effective April 7th, 2012 and is valid for up to 36 months. To be accredited, Brookhaven Retreat first had to volunteer to undergo the challenging process. Behavioral Health Care Accreditation is very valuable to Brookhaven Retreat because it ensures that the organization is in compliance with state regulations or licensure requirements. Furthermore, it provides a working system that provides structure for the organizations to help handle risk and to increase the quality of care, treatment, and services.

Accreditation is nationally recognized to be the Gold Standard in health care. The JCAHO gold seal of approval is earned and maintained by having a comprehensive survey by the Joint Commission once every three years. During the challenging survey, Brookhaven Retreat had to meet JCAHO performance standards, safety, and quality.

What are the benefits?

  • Improves risk management and risk education
  • Strengthens community confidence in the quality and safety of care, treatment, and service
  • Competitive edge in the marketplace
  • Provides education on good practices to improve business operations
  • Provides professional advice and counsel, enhancing staff education
  • Increases staff recruitment and development
  • Recognized by select insurers and other third parties

What happens during the survey?

The JCAHO surveyor interviews the staff, tours the facility, observes how the facility is run, and looks over documentation that they select. All of this is done so they can understand how the organization is compliant with the JCAHO standards. These standards are what addresses the organization's level of performance and are based on maximum achievable expectations, and set forth performance expectations for activities that affect the quality of resident care.

Wednesday, 02 May 2012 23:20

Scott Migdole to Present Staff Training Program at Brookhaven

Distinguished clinical treatment expert Scott Migdole will make a presentation to the Brookhaven Retreat staff on May 31 as a part of our ongoing staff development activities.

“Treatment Planning and Documentation: Translating Regulatory Requirements Into Clinical Practice” Treatment planning is an essential component to effective, evidence-based care. However, while treatment plans are fundamentally important, clinicians throughout the country struggle to develop ones that are person-centered, effective, practical and meet the various regulatory requirements. This presentation will offer a hands-on approach to tackling these challenging issues conceptualized within the stages of change. The presentation is highly interactive and participants are strongly encouraged to bring “real-life” examples for discussion.

Scott Migdole, LCSW, ACSW

Mr. Migdole is the Chief Operating Officer of Yale Behavioral Health and the Yale Program on Supervision. He is also an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine. His responsibilities include management of juvenile justice mental health services for pre-adjudicated youth, crisis services, vocational programming for persons with severe mental illness, and outpatient mental health and substance abuse services. Mr. Migdole was the lead trainer and organizational consultant in a statewide Supervision Competency Development Initiative that was federally funded through Connecticut’s Mental Health Transformation State Incentive Grant (T-SIG). He has consulted on supervision to numerous Connecticut state agencies including the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Department of Corrections, Department of Children and Families, Connecticut Valley Hospital, as well as the District of Columbia’s Department of Mental Health. He lectures nationally on the topic of supervision and has authored numerous articles on topics that include supervision, peer support, and juvenile justice mental health. He also consults nationally on Medicaid and recently served as a contributing editor for “Compliance Watch,” a quarterly newsletter published through the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare.

Friday, 30 March 2012 13:45

Brookhaven Founder Appears on The Mind of the Matter

Jacqueline Dawes, founder of Brookhaven Retreat, recently made a guest appearance on Dr. Susan Hickman's radio show The Mind of the Matter to discuss addiction and recovery for women. You may listen to the entire show on Ms. Dawes reveals the tragedy that led her to found this very unique treatment center and what she perceives as the special emotional needs of women. Specific attention is also given to her methods for helping women to develop coping skills that last. Brookhaven is a treatment center for adult women who are struggling with various issues including addiction, depression, trauma, emotional dysregulation, bereavement, bipolar disorder, post traumatic stress syndrome, and postpartum, to mention a few of the wide spectrum of mental health diagnoses.

Wednesday, 21 March 2012 00:42

Karen Hodge Appointed Clinical Director

We offer congratulations to Karen Hodge, LCSW who has recently accepted the appointment as Clinical Director at Brookhaven Retreat. As part of the leadership at Brookhaven, Ms. Hodge will embrace Brookhaven's philosophy and help lead the clinical team in providing the necessary tools to help our women clients release themselves from the emotional shackles in which they find themselves.

Wednesday, 21 March 2012 00:37

Brookhaven Celebrates Sixth Anniversary

March is a very exciting month at Brookhaven Retreat - this year we will be celebrating our 6th anniversary!

We are thrilled to be moving into our seventh year of service dedicated to mood disorders, personality disorders, addiction and trauma issues in women.

On March 26, Jennifer Payne M.D. will be a guest speaker at the anniversary celebration.

The medical and clinical strength of the Lily, Poncho and Sweet Pea programs are evidenced by the ongoing growth of the alumnae who continue to embrace the philosophy of Brookhaven and who have shown that tremendous work, sacrifice and determination along with a commitment to the process by the client, their family and the treatment team result in lasting psychological health. Staying well takes a lifelong dedication to healthy behaviors and our alumnae exemplify this and serve models for clients who are currently in the process of getting well.

Tuesday, 31 January 2012 16:51

Brookhaven Enhances Medical Staff

Brookhaven Retreat is pleased to announce the addition of Robert Harned, MD as it's new Medical Director as of February 1, 2012. Dr. Harned is a board certified psychiatrist who resides in the Knoxville area. He received a BS in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and continued his studies at Wake Forest's Bowman Gray School of Medicine. He completed his residency in adult psychiatry at Wake Forest Medical Center. He has over twenty years of experience in both inpatient and outpatient psychiatric settings and is looking forward to using his expertise to lead the medical and psychiatric teams at Brookhaven Retreat. Dr. Bob, as he is called, enjoys playing his banjo and spending time on his boat.

Kimberly Quigley, MD is a psychiatrist and has been working with Brookhaven Retreat since November, 2011. She received her BSLA in German from Georgetown University, studied at Harvard University's Health Careers Program and completed her doctorate at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine. She went on to complete an internship in pediatrics at Crozer-Chester Medical Center and an adult psychiatry residency at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA.

Dr. Quigley moved back to her home town of Knoxville, TN in 2006 and has worked in outpatient settings since that time. She has a particular interest in the psychological well being of women and their families. Dr. Quigley has five children and enjoys whatever they enjoy.