[Congressional Record Volume 160, Number 25 (Tuesday, February 11, 2014)]
[Extensions of Remarks]
[Page E200]
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                            HON. BILL FOSTER

                              of illinois

                    in the house of representatives

                       Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  Mr. FOSTER. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to congratulate the Gateway 
Foundation on its renewed accreditation by The Joint Commission. Since 
1968, the Gateway Foundation's Alcohol & Drug Treatment Centers have 
helped thousands of individuals and their families formulate 
comprehensive and cost-effective treatment plans to battle addiction. 
Gateway's unique treatment approach, which focuses on both the mind and 
body, has allowed them to help individuals struggling with addiction 
lead full and healthy lives.
  The Joint Commission is the leading accrediting organization for 
hospitals and behavioral healthcare organizations. To achieve 
accreditation, healthcare organizations like the Gateway Foundation 
have to be thoroughly assessed by health care professionals. The 
evaluation is based on a series of areas including how the organization 
educates its clients on treatment risks and options, whether or not the 
organization provides a safe treatment environment and how well the 
organization monitors a client's condition before, during, and after 
treatment. The Gateway Foundation excelled in these fields, receiving 
the Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval.
  The Joint Commission evaluation included 11 Gateway locations 
throughout Illinois, including several in Chicago, one in Aurora, and 
one in Springfield. It also ensured that thirty of Gateway's alcohol 
and drug treatment programs targeting men, women, and teens, will be 
available for the next three years to those in need.
  Mr. Speaker, I ask my colleagues to join me in recognizing the 
achievements of the Gateway Foundation, and to congratulate them on 
receiving accreditation from The Joint Commission for their commitment 
to providing high-quality care and treatment.