CARF Accreditation 101

This edition of the CARF blog series focuses on health and safety, meaning matters related to how CHD maintains a healthy and safe environment for both its persons served and personnel alike.

CHD is committed to maintaining the health and safety of its persons served. CHD programs and services have written policies and procedures for training and education for the reduction of physical risks, which is provided to persons served. Programs provide education specific to the areas of focus determined by the needs of persons served. For instance, areas that are commonly addressed with persons served in residential and supported housing programs are fire safety; blood-borne pathogens and hygiene; avoiding trips and falls; emergency evacuation; and safe smoking.

All CHD staff receives competency-based training upon hire and annually, thereafter, in areas related to health and safety practices. These include training in OSHA/blood-borne pathogens and fire safety; identification of and response to unsafe environmental factors including emergency and evacuation procedures; identification and reporting of critical incidents; medication management when indicated; and reducing physical risks including prevention of trips and falls and safe driving practices.

CHD also has a continuation of operations (COO) policy that details agency and program response and restoration of services in the event of a natural or unnatural disaster.

For more information about health and safety practices at CHD, or for questions about CARF accreditation, please contact Jennifer Higgins, Ph.D., at 413-439-2261 or jhiggins@chd.org.

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