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Frequently Asked Questions About CARF® Accreditation

If your organization has considered pursuing CARF® Accreditation but still haven’t taken the initial steps to get started, you likely still have some questions that may be holding you back. As an all-in-one resource for businesses seeking to obtain or maintain CARF® Accreditation, CARF® 101 is committed to providing the resources and information needed to help you make the process easier. Let’s take a look at some of the most frequently asked questions about CARF® Accreditation to help determine if it’s right for your organization.

How Long Does It Take?

If it is your organization’s first time preparing for a CARF® Accreditation survey, you will generally need anywhere between 9 months to 1 year before the survey is performed. However, if you are preparing for a resurvey, 6 to 8 months will likely be enough. When you are ready, a survey application must be submitted online at least 3 months before the survey is set to take place.

How Can CARF® Accreditation Help?

By successfully receiving CARF® Accreditation, organizations have shown that they are committed to improving the quality of their services and programs with a focus on their persons served. Throughout the preparation process, your organization will be able to look internally to meet internationally recognized standards. With the guidance set out in the CARF® Accreditation manual, you will have the knowledge needed to make the most impact.

How Much Does It Cost?

Any form of accreditation is an investment in the future of your organization. To remain viable for organizations of all sizes, a CARF® survey has been priced competitively when compared to other options. If you are interested in learning the costs associated with a CARF® survey and how the investment can help your business, please reach out to CARF® directly or visit our forum.

Does CARF® Provide Accreditation Assistance?

Throughout the accreditation process, you will be paired with a designated resource specialist that can answer any questions you may have, provide guidance and explain resources that you may have available to you. If desired, you can partner with a training partner like Accreditation Now, Inc. This will give you access to CARF® approved documents and resources needed to simplify the accreditation process.

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