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What Is CARF® Accreditation and Who Is It For?

What Is CARF® Accreditation and Who Is It For?

Since 1966, CARF®, or the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, has been a primary independent, nonprofit accreditor of human service providers and networks. Through a consultative accreditation process, CARF® promotes the quality, value and optimal outcomes of services for rehabilitation facilities and persons served by those facilities as well as the communities they are responsible for. By obtaining CARF® Accreditation, service providers are able to demonstrate to their stakeholders, persons served and their families that a stringent approval process has been completed to obtain accreditation.

CARF® Accreditation can be viewed as a seal of approval that conveys your organization has met internationally recognized standards and has demonstrated a commitment to quality assurance and improvement as an organization. This is very valuable for rehabilitation organizations and businesses in the human services field because it can create a foundation for customer satisfaction among persons served and their families. To become accredited by CARF®, organizations must demonstrate a high degree of internal quality, investment in the involvement of services provided to persons served, cohesion among staff members among all levels found in the organization and an enhanced status on services which they are certified for.

Who is CARF® Accreditation For?

CARF® Accreditation covers a wide variety of sectors found in the human services industry to provide an international set of quality standards. Accreditation can be provided for specific program and services; however, many organizations will seek accreditation in more than one area. Standards manuals are available through CARF® for the following areas:

  • Aging Services
  • Behavioral Health
  • Child and Youth Services
  • Medical Rehabilitation
  • Employment and Community Services
  • Career Centers
  • Opioid Treatment Programs
  • Vision Rehabilitation Services

CARF® standards are focused on a person-centered services approach that is designed to enhance the quality of life of persons served by accredited providers in these areas and more. By completing the requirements for these standards during the accreditation process, organizations must be able to demonstrate their commitment to improving efficiency, service delivery and fiscal health. These factors make obtaining accreditation very rewarding for organizations in the rehabilitation and human services industry.


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