CARF is the acronym for the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. CARF is an organization that reviews and grants accreditation services nationally and internationally. CARF standards are rigorous, so services that meet them are among the best available.
CARF is an independent nonprofit organization. Its focus is on ensuring people receive high quality services from other organizations. CARF also provides consultation to organizations so they can improve their delivery of services.
CHD has been going through the process of becoming accredited for over a year now and we just received word back from them that our survey went well – we received the accreditation!
Why does accreditation matter?
Consumers face a variety of options when deciding what services to use and who should provide them. Accreditation is a sign of quality and is an important consideration in their decision making. They look for CARF accreditation in their choice of treatment for addiction and substance abuse, rehabilitation of a disability, home and community services, retirement living, and other health and human services.
CARF International has surveyed hundreds of thousands of programs throughout North and South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia since it was founded as an independent, nonprofit accreditor in 1966.
The value of accreditation goes beyond a competitive distinction for service providers and a framework for continuous quality improvement. CARF offers a wide variety of value-added benefits and several unique advantages to help providers receive the greatest return for their accreditation investment.
How is accreditation achieved?
Achieving accreditation requires a service provider to commit to quality improvement, focus on the unique needs of each person the provider serves, and monitor the results of services.
CHD began the accreditation process with an internal examination of our program and business practices. Then we requested an on-site survey that was conducted by a team of expert practitioners selected by CARF. During the survey, we demonstrated that we conform to a series of rigorous and internationally recognized CARF standards.
Based on the results of the survey, CARF prepared a written report of CHD’s strengths and areas for improvement. Since we sufficiently demonstrated our conformance to the standards, we earned CARF accreditation!
After receiving the report, we must submit a Quality Improvement Plan (QIP) to CARF to show how we will be addressing any areas for improvement. Then, each year during the term of accreditation, we will submit a report to CARF documenting additional improvements we have made.