Gainesville mental health facility reaccredited

Published: Friday, July 5, 2013 at 5:02 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, July 5, 2013 at 5:02 p.m.

The North Florida Evaluation and Treatment Center in Gainesville recently received a three-year reaccreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.

The mental health-care facility, which opened in 1976 and was accredited in 2010, is for men with mental illnesses who face criminal charges. Set in Gainesville’s Northeast side, it has 194 beds and was designed to resemble a small town, replete with a “Main Street,” a bank, canteen, garden and recreational facility.

According to a news release, NFETC administrator Joe Infantino said, “Despite significant changes during the past 14 months, including budget cuts from the state, a merger with Northeast Florida State Hospital (NEFSH), the loss of many positions, and a change in leadership, NFETC continues to provide quality treatment to individuals from all 67 counties in Florida.”

CARF awarded the accreditation based on a review of several criteria including the facility’s safety, patients’ rights, human resources and finances.

-- Kristine Crane

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