Eliada, a local non-profit organization providing child and family services, has been deemed a Critical Access Behavioral Health Agency (CABHA) by the state of North Carolina. Eliada is one of an elite group of providers who qualifies for this distinction, which represents a new standard of excellence and type of provider in the state.
Organizations that are designated as a CABHA can provide community services, such as Case Management/Peer Support, Community Support Team (CST), Intensive In-Home (IIH), and Day Treatment. In addition, CABHA agencies will provide Comprehensive Clinical Assessments, Medication Management and Outpatient Therapy. Although the new requirements take effect in less than six months, less than 70 organizations in the state have qualified. Preliminary estimates indicate that less than 30% of NC providers will achieve CABHA, meaning that they must cease services or form a linkage with another organization that is a CABHA.
According to Eliada CEO Mark Upright, who is also President of the Child and Family Services Association of North Carolina, "The state's goal in creating the CABHA network is to ensure services are supported by a strong clinical model with appropriate medical oversight. It identifies those providers who demonstrate evidence-based practices to ensure that children and adolescents are receiving the best possible care."
The standards to become a CABHA require a provider organization to be nationally accredited for three years. Additionally, the organization has to meet staffing requirements that provide for a medical director, clinical director, and quality management/staff training director. The CABHA also requires specific training and credentials for staff providing treatment services.
"For Eliada, the CABHA regulations have essentially been an affirmation of the direction we've been moving for many years now," Upright said. "Before CABHA, there was a lot of variation in service delivery across providers. We're glad to see that the state has a vested interest in improving and standardizing care for the most vulnerable in our society."
For more information on CABHA, visit: http://www.dhhs.state.nc.us/MHDDSAS/cabha/
Eliada is a 107 year old non-profit agency serving North Carolina's children and families. Founded in 1903 by Dr. Lucius B. Compton as a home for women and children, Eliada's full service continuum includes Child Development Services (Pre School, After School, Summer Camp, More at Four); Residential and Day Treatment for children and adolescents; Foster Care and Therapeutic Foster Care; and Therapeutic Recreation services. The agency enters its second century with pride, committed to the fulfillment of its mission statement: Helping Children Succeed.