As a state leader in foster care, school mental health and financial counseling services for children and families, Gateway has become the first agency of its kind in Alabama to achieve The Joint Commission Accreditation.
Gateway has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Behavioral Health Care Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its rigorous performance standards. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective care for the children and families they serve.
“As physical and behavioral healthcare continue to integrate, we strategically chose The Joint Commission Accreditation to take Gateway's services to the highest levels of care, quality and safety. Though we are not required by an external funder or regulation to attain these standards of performance, the children and families we serve deserve nothing less."
Kathryn R. O'Day, LCSW
Gateway President and CEO
Gateway’s voluntary decision to rise to this level of care reflects the spirit of its founders in 1891. Before the child welfare system existed, a group of courageous community leaders voluntarily cared for the homeless children on the streets of Birmingham. They founded the Magic City’s first child and family service agency, and 128 years later its Board of Directors continues this commitment to community solutions.