Accreditation & Memberships

The Elk River Treatment Program is licensed and regulated by the Department of Youth Services and accredited in behavioral health care by nationally recognized Joint Commission. Our education program has earned AdvancED/SACS accreditation as well. The Elk River Program has maintained an excellent A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. Our goal is to continue to meet the needs of adolescents and families while maintaining the standard of excellence that our clients deserve. Our accreditations and memberships include:

The Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval

Elk River Treatment Program has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in behavioral health care. The accreditation award recognizes Elk River Treatment Program’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards. To report concerns about a child's safety or quality of care, please call The Joint Commission 630-792-5800.

AdvancED Accredited

Elk River Treatment Program’s year-round academic program is recognized as one of the nation’s quality education systems by continuously meeting rigorous accreditation standards. Its education program is accredited by the national commission that confers accreditation, AdvancED, a non-profit, non-partisan organization that conducts on-site external reviews of schools and school systems. AdvancED was created through a 2006 merger of the PreK-12 divisions of the North Central Association (NCA) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)—and expanded through the addition of the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC) in 2011.

Better Business Bureau A+ Rating

Since 2008, Pinnacle Programs have earned accreditation by the Better Business Bureau. The BBB Code of Business Practices represents sound advertising, selling and customer service practices that enhance customer trust and confidence in business. The Code is built on the BBB Standards for Trust, eight principles that summarize important elements of creating and maintaining trust in business.

National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP)

Since 2006, Elk River Treatment Program has been a member of the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP), a collaboration of therapeutic schools, residential treatment programs, outdoor therapeutic programs, young adult programs and home-based residential programs that work with troubled teens. All NATSAP members must be licensed by the appropriate state agency authorized to set and oversee standards of therapeutic and/or behavioral health care for youth and adolescents or accredited by a nationally recognized behavioral health accreditation agency and have therapeutic services with oversight by a qualified clinician. The Elk River Treatment Program is also a recognized treatment center

Association of Experiential Education (AEE)

Elk River Treatment Program is a member of the Association for Experiential Education (AEE) and serves on the board of the Southeastern Division. AEE exists to connect a global community of educators and practitioners and expand their capacity to enrich lives through Experiential Education. Through membership, Elk River Treatment Program helps to increase AEE member skills and knowledge, define and identify professional standards and best practices, and measure the impact and value of experiential education.

The Association for Treatment and Training in the Attachment of Children (ATTACh)

The Association for Treatment and Training in the Attachment of Children (ATTACh) is an international coalition of parents, professionals and others working to increase awareness about attachment and its critical importance to human development. Founded in 1989 by leaders in the children’s mental health field, ATTACh promotes clinical education, training and research; promotes standards for ethical practice; encourages clear diagnostic classifications in the mental health field; generates public policy discussions; and offers family support.