Accreditation & Memberships

The Elk River Treatment Program is licensed and regulated by the Department of Youth Services and accredited in behavioral health care by The Joint Commission. Joint Commission standards are considered the benchmark for quality and safety in behavioral health care. Our education program is accredited by Cognia(formerly AdvancED). Elk River Treatment Program has maintained an excellent A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau of North Alabama. 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, Cognia (formerly AdvancED), a nonprofit, non-partisan organization that conducts on-site external reviews of schools and school systems. Two leading education nonprofits, AdvancED and Measured Progress, merged in 2018 and changed its corporate name to Cognia.

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.

Association of Experiential Education (AEE)

Elk River Treatment Program is a longtime member of the Association for Experiential Education (AEE). 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.