Posted on November 22, 2017 by Origins Behavioral HealthCare
In her role as Corporate Director of Compliance, Jennifer serves as the primary point of contact for all compliance issues and all internal and external monitoring, auditing, investigative and reporting processes, procedures and systems. She oversees licensing, regulatory standards and policies and procedures across all Origins campuses. Jennifer has an extensive background in compliance, contracts, grants and human services. She uses her strong interpersonal and organizational skills to ensure cooperation and compliance with external organizations, as well as internal departments and staff. Prior to joining Origins, Jennifer served as Director of Social Services at the Joseph L. Morse Geriatric Center, following over 14 years spent as the Program Support Services Coordinator for Father Flanagan’s Boys Town Florida. Jennifer holds a Master of Science degree in Rehabilitative Counseling and a Bachelor of Science degree in Rehabilitative Services from Florida State University.
What brought you to Origins?
With a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitative Counseling from Florida State University and over 20 years of experience in social services, joining Origins seemed like a natural transition for me. I was invited to join this awesome team in December 2014. I am so fortunate for the opportunity to work with the best in the field of addiction treatment. It is incredible to be a part of a team that are so dedicated to working with individuals and their families. Origins has allowed me to use my knowledge, skills and experience while continuing to help people in need.
If there was only one thing you could tell us about working within your specialty area, what would it be?
My role as Corporate Director of Compliance requires accuracy and consistency in many areas. There are many policies and procedures that we as a company have to adhere to in order to provide the best quality treatment possible and to protect our patients’ rights, including their privacy. Maintaining the integrity of patient information is a fundamental part of treatment. Patient confidentiality is needed to establish trust and confidence in the staff to whom their care has been entrusted and to the therapeutic process.
What have you learned through your experience working in treatment?
Working in treatment has given me a firsthand opportunity to see patients and their families heal. As I review patient surveys, attend Fellowship Friday and anniversary nights, I can see that firsthand how the experience at Origins has transformed so many individuals and their families. It’s incredible to witness.
Do you hold any credentials or certifications? Do you participate in any professional activities outside of work?
I am a CARF Surveyor and I have close affiliations with the state licensing boards where our facilities are located. CARF utilizes a peer-review survey process by recruiting surveyors who are professionals in their fields with primary employment at CARF-accredited organizations. My involvement in the accreditation process and implementation of CARF standards for Origins has opened up this wonderful opportunity to survey other organizations around the country.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Away from work I enjoy spending time with my two children. I enjoy the outdoors, especially running and the beach. As a Florida native, I feel truly blessed to live in such a beautiful place.