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Brattleboro Retreat's accreditation renewed after visits

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BRATTLEBORO, Vermont — Brattleboro Retreat says the psychiatric hospital's accreditation has been renewed for a period lasting up to January 2018.

The Retreat says in a news release Thursday the decision was made by the Joint Commission, an independent, not-for-profit organization that accredits and certifies more than 20,000 health care organizations nationwide.

Commission representatives made two unannounced visits to the Retreat to assess the organization's compliance with various standards as a hospital and as a provider of behavioral health care services.

The first visit took place in January and lasted several days; the second, one-day visit happened in February.

Tracy Griffin Collander, executive director of the commission's Behavioral Health Care Accreditation program, says it commends the Retreat for its efforts to elevate the standard of care and to instill confidence in the community.

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