Nova Recovery Centers Achieves Behavioral Health Care Accreditation from The Joint Comission

(Austin, Texas – November 30, 2016) –  Nova today announced it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Behavioral Health Care Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective care.

GoldSeal_4colorNova underwent a rigorous onsite survey November 15-18, 2016. During the review, compliance with behavioral health care standards related to several areas, including care, treatment, and services; environment of care; leadership; and screening procedures for the early detection of imminent harm was evaluated. Onsite observations and interviews also were conducted.

Established in 1969, The Joint Commission’s Behavioral Health Care Accreditation Program currently accredits more than 2,250 organizations for a three-year period. Accredited organizations provide treatment and services within a variety of settings across the care continuum for individuals who have mental health, addiction, eating disorder, intellectual/developmental disability, and/or child-welfare related needs.

“Joint Commission accreditation provides behavioral health care organizations with the processes needed to improve in a variety of areas related to the care of individuals and their families,” said Peggy Lavin, LCSW, interim executive director, Behavioral Health Care Accreditation Program, The Joint Commission. “We commend Nova for its efforts to elevate the standard of care it provides and to instill confidence in the community it serves.”

Nova is pleased to receive Behavioral Health Care Accreditation from The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation,” added Mat Gorman, CEO, Nova. “Staff from across the organization continue to work together to develop and implement approaches and strategies that have the potential to improve care for those in our community.”

The Joint Commission’s behavioral health care standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, quality improvement measurement experts, and individuals and their families. The standards are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus to help organizations measure, assess and improve performance.



Julie K, LCDC – Counselor

Julie Killelea, LCDC13


Julie Killelea is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor that has worked in the field of chemical dependency since 1996 .Julie understands that addiction is a disease requiring an intense fight and hard work to recover from.  She is dedicated to helping others along their path to recovery. She encourages those fighting this disease to not give up until the miracle happens!

Patricia Sumption, LMSW – Counselor

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Pat is a Texas state licensed master social worker and psychotherapist with additional training as a certified Daring Way facilitator.  She received her master’s degree in Social Work from Loyola University in Chicago in 1999. She provides psychotherapy to men and women who are struggling with addiction and alcoholism.

She is committed to empowering people to make choices that move them closer to living the life they desire. She takes an integrative and holistic approach to therapy. Throughout life we face certain struggles which are sometimes too difficult to navigate on our own. She is passionate about helping people through counseling to get clarification about the issues they are facing. In your counseling sessions she will work with you to develop healthy coping techniques and solutions to these issues.

Crystal Baynes, BS, LCDCI – Counselor

Crystal Baynes, BA, LCDCI12


Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Crystal comes to Nova with an assertive attitude and a passion for helping others. She moved to Texas in 2013 and has been in the addiction field for approximately 10 years. When not working with clients, Crystal spends her days deadlifting 250lbs and eating ice cream-at the same time. In addition to being a master multi-tasker, she is also proficient in crisis intervention and can talk her way out of anything. If you wish to request additional family sessions with her, you may provide her with whole foods products or banana bread.

Julie Osofsky, LPC – Counselor

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Julie has experience working with individuals, families, and groups at outpatient and inpatient levels of care. Her clinical experience has been in helping individuals with a wide range of issues, including anxiety disorders, mood disorders, substance use disorders, eating disorders, self-harm behaviors, self-esteem, and more.

Julie utilizes an integrative approach when working with clients and she strives to tailor her approach for each client.  She values each client as an individual and encourages her them to tap into their personal strengths and provide themselves with compassion as the work towards building a foundation in their recovery

Jennifer Matthews – Clinical Director

Jennifer Matthews, LPC, NCC, CDWF

Clinical Director

Jennifer Matthews has been in practice since 2006. She specializes in assessment, complex trauma work, and addressing shame-based behaviors in addiction treatment. She has worked in several states, for both non-profit and for profit agencies. Ms. Matthews has 4 years experience in residential treatment settings, including implementing the Daring Way curriculum into programs. She also has several years experience in all other levels of care in both substance abuse and mental health focused treatment.

Jenn completed an internship in 2008 at Southeast Alabama Medical Center Behavioral Medicine Unit and Alta Care. She has been a National Certified Counselor since 2011. She received her EMDR training in 2013. She has been a Certified Daring Way Facilitator since 2013.

Ms. Matthews received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Troy University in 2006, Cum Laude. She completed her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology at Troy University in 2008, Summa Cum Laude.

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