DATE: December 5, 2013
Contact: Kara Cowie, 816-813-2350


Kansas City, Missouri —Heartland Center for Behavioral Change, one of the largest nonprofit providers of addiction treatment and court services in Missouri, has earned the highest level of accreditation possible by CARF International, the premier accrediting body of health and human service organizations. Heartland Center, formerly known as the Kansas City Community Center, has been accredited for a period of three years for the following programs:

  • Court Treatment: Alcohol and Other Drugs/Addictions
  • Detoxification: Alcohol and Other Drugs/Addictions
  • Intensive Outpatient Treatment: Alcohol and Other Drugs/Addictions
  • Outpatient Treatment: Alcohol and Other Drugs/Addictions

“The accreditation received from CARF communicates to our community and clients that Heartland staff meets international standards for quality and consistently works toward excellence in providing programs and services to those who need us,” said Myrna Trickey, Heartland Center President and CEO. “We are very proud to share this accreditation result with our clients and community.”

Heartland Center has been delivering recovery to people struggling with addiction since 1982. Most recently, Heartland Center started an Inpatient Medically-Modified Detoxification program – the only publicly-funded program of its kind in the Kansas City area. Heartland Center also offers outpatient substance abuse treatment, court services and medication-assisted treatment, in multiple locations across the Kansas City metropolitan area and Southwest Missouri.

About The Heartland Center for Behavioral Change
The Heartland Center for Behavioral Change is a private, not for profit, 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to providing substance abuse and other behavioral healthcare services to Missouri residents. Founded in 1982 as the Kansas City Community Center, we help people who are struggling with addiction and other life problems to lead healthier, happier, more productive lives. Our comprehensive services have helped tens of thousands of people begin a new life — free of alcohol and drugs. Learn more at

About CARF
CARF is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body whose mission is to promote the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process that centers on enhancing the lives of the persons served. Founded in 1966 as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, and now known as CARF International, the accrediting body establishes consumer-focused standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their programs and services. For more information about the accreditation process, please v