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Helen Ross McNabb Center receives highest level of accreditation

KNOXVILLE — CARF International recently announced that the Helen Ross McNabb Center has been accredited for a period of three years for its continuum of rehabilitation services including mental health care, addiction treatment and social services programs.

The Helen Ross McNabb Center was the first community mental health center awarded CARF accreditation in the state of Tennessee 16 years ago. The latest accreditation is the seventh consecutive accreditation the international accrediting body has awarded to the Center.

This accreditation decision represents the highest level of accreditation which can be awarded to an organization by CARF and shows the organization’s significant conformance to the CARF standards. An organization receiving the Three-Year Accreditation has put itself through a rigorous peer review process and has demonstrated to a team of surveyors during an on-site visit that its programs and services are measurable, accountable and of the highest quality.

CARF International’s award letter states this achievement is an indication of the Helen Ross McNabb Center’s dedication and commitment to improving the quality of lives of the persons served. Services, personnel and documentation clearly indicate an established pattern of conformance to standards.

“CARF‘s accreditation demonstrates to our community that we greatly value the quality of our services while we strive to be the premier behavioral health agency in East Tennessee,” said Jerry Vagnier, president and CEO of the Helen Ross McNabb Center. “I am extremely proud of our staff whose expertise and passion make this accomplishment possible.”

CARF International is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body whose mission is to promote the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process that centers on enhancing the lives of the persons served. Founded in 1966 as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, and now known as CARF, the accrediting body establishes consumer-focused standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their programs.

The Helen Ross McNabb Center is a premier not‐for‐profit provider of behavioral health services in East Tennessee. Since 1948, the Center has provided quality and compassionate care to children, adults and families experiencing mental illness, addiction and social challenges. As the Center celebrates nearly 70 years of providing services to communities in East Tennessee, its mission remains clear and simple; “Improving the lives of the people we serve.” For more information, visit

Published April 8, 2017

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