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Howard Center Methadone Clinic Receives Highest Accreditation Rating

April 06, 2009

 A three-year accreditation--the highest level of accreditation--was recently awarded by CARF International to Howard Center for its Chittenden Clinic which provides methadone maintenance therapy for those individuals with opioid dependence. The Clinic is offered in affiliation with Fletcher Allen Health Care and the University of Vermont, College of Medicine.
The CARF team noted Howard Center’s strengths in a number of areas, including:

  • Highly dedicated and caring administrative, medical, and counseling staff members are committed to ensuring the rights and dignity of persons served;
  • The Chittenden Clinic has demonstrated a strong commitment to enhancing the services within correctional facilities;
  • There are many tiers of treatment within the organization, which allow for a seamless continuum of care.

CARF also praised a “good partnership” with FAHC’s research department to access state-of-the-art information.


According to Bob Bick, Director of Howard Center Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, “This accreditation and the feedback we received is concrete acknowledgement of Howard Center’s commitment to excellence. It reflects our organizational policy to structure and provide programs that respect the needs of the clients and community we serve.”


CARF (formerly known as the Commission of Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) is an independent, not-for-profit accrediting body which establishes consumer-focused standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their programs and services. CARF’s informational material explains that its “standards are rigorous, so those services that meet them are among the best available.”

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