UofL Trager Institute Mental Health Services Accredited by an International Agency

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Mental health services provided to adults and seniors by the University of Louisville Trager Institute/Republic Bank Foundation Optimal Aging Clinic are now supported by an international accreditation agency.

The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) has accredited Trager Behavioral Health Services Organization for three years for the outpatient treatment of adults and the elderly. Trager is one of only ten facilities globally accredited by CARF for mental health services for older adults.

“Accreditation is a public statement that our organization strives to ensure that our services are of the highest possible quality,” said Joe D’Ambrosio, Director of Behavioral Health for the Trager Institute. “At Trager, we are committed to reducing risk, addressing health and safety concerns, respecting cultural and individual preferences, and providing the highest quality of care possible.”

Mental health is an important aspect of overall health and well-being, especially among older adults, D’Ambrosio said. The losses that can occur with aging – social activity, identity, and physical health – put individuals at higher risk for developing behavioral health problems.

However, signs of mental illness in older people are often overlooked or dismissed as normal symptoms of aging. Conditions such as depression and anxiety can lead to further physical decline without treatment. Behavioral health services are provided as part of the clinic’s comprehensive care to help people stay healthy as they age.

To be accredited by CARF, programs and services must demonstrate that they meet internationally recognized standards for service delivery and are committed to continuous quality improvement and consumer focus.

CARF International is an independent, not-for-profit accrediting body of health and social service providers in the areas of aging services, behavioral health, child and youth services, durable medical equipment, employment and community services, medical rehabilitation, opioid treatment programs and vision rehabilitation services.

“For our Trager team, accreditation demonstrates our belief that all people have the right to be treated with dignity and respect, have access to necessary services that achieve optimal outcomes, and are empowered to make informed choices” , D’Ambrosio said.

D’Ambrosio said that during Trager’s credentialing survey, the CARF inspector commended the institute’s FlourishCare service, an integrated approach to lifelong wellness care focused on lifestyle and preventive medicine for adults of all ages, as well as the use of student interns and telehealth, increasing accessibility to services.

Trager’s aging services include FlourishCare assessment, care coordination, family support, medication management and education, organized education programs, end-of-life care and bereavement support, all available at a nationally recognized senior friendly clinic.

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