North Country Health Consortium

CARF Accreditation

North Country Health Consortium earns three-year CARF accreditation!

In 2019, a CARF three-year accreditation was awarded to the North Country Health Consortium (NCHC) for its Residential, Intensive Outpatient, and Outpatient Substance Use Disorder Treatment programs. The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) is an international accreditor of health and human services providers. CARF’s decision to designate three years to the Consortium represents the highest level of accreditation that can be granted to an organization.

As described on CARF International’s website, "The CARF accreditation process starts with an organization’s commitment to continuous improvement and culminates with external review and recognition that the business and service practices meet international standards of quality—with all the steps in between focused on optimal outcomes for the persons served and sustained organizational success."

During NCHC’s review, CARF surveyors visited all NCHC locations, including the North Country Health Consortium’s headquarters in Littleton, the Friendship House residential substance use disorder clinical services treatment facility in Bethlehem, and satellite sites in Berlin, Woodsville, and Center Conway. In addition to interviewing staff, as well as community partners, clients, and their families, surveyors evaluate organizational practices and review appropriate policies against rigorous CARF standards that champion quality care, services, and safety for clients seeking recovery.

North Country Health Consortium offers Residential treatment and Intensive Outpatient services for substance use disorder at its 28-bed residential facility, Friendship House, in Bethlehem. Outpatient substance use disorder services are also available at NCHC’s satellite locations in Berlin, Woodsville, and Center Conway. If you would like to speak to an Intake Coordinator about entering treatment or the appropriate recovery pathway for you or a loved one, call: (603) 869-2210

The North Country Health Consortium (NCHC) team came together to celebrate NCHC’s receipt of a CARF three-year accreditation for its Residential, Intensive Outpatient, and Outpatient Substance Use Disorder Treatment programs, demonstrating its commitment to quality care and outcomes for clients seeking recovery for substance use disorder and continued organizational success.


If you would like to speak to an NCHC Intake Coordinator about entering treatment or the appropriate recovery pathway for you or a loved one, call: (603) 869-2210

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