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What is the CARF Accreditation process?

CARF accreditation can be quite a lengthy process – 9-12 months for first time applicant; however, because of the time required to complete, it demonstrates the facility’s commitment to continually enhance the quality of services and programs offered. It begins with the service provider completing an internal examination of its programs and business practices. Then CARF sends a team of expert practitioners to complete an on-site survey of the service provider. During that on-site survey, the service provider must demonstrate that it conforms to the rigorous and internationally recognized CARF standards.

CARF accreditation consists of ongoing consultation and in-depth on-site reviews to help a CARF-accredited service provider achieve the highest quality of care for their customers. Accreditation demonstrates that the organization has opened its service delivery and business processes to outside scrutiny to improve the quality of their programs.

Following the on-site survey, the CARF presents a written report for the CARF-accredited service provider which includes strengths and areas for improvement. Throughout accreditation, the facility is required to keep the CARF updated on the status of the improvements that are being made, particularly if there are areas for improvements in the written report.

What does CARF accreditation mean for the public?

For those being served, CARF accreditation means that the CARF-accredited service provider is committed to reducing risk, addressing health and safety concerns, respecting preferences of individuals (cultural or otherwise) and providing the best quality of care possible. It also shows that the accredited organization values the feedback and input of their clients and is accountable to the community. Accreditation demonstrates that a CARF-accredited service provider has made a specific commitment to put the needs of their residents at the center of everything they do and that they respect the rights and individuality of its clients.

Through seeking the CARF accreditation, a respected accrediting body in our field of work, we are measuring ourselves not only based on our own standards, but on the standards set and evaluated by unbiased sources outside our organization.

We are proud of the quality services we deliver now. However, CARF accreditation will further demonstrate that our agency meets internationally developed quality standards and maintains a client-centric focus. We are striving to achieve accreditation by fall 2017.

We are excited about the accreditation process and invite your input. Questions about CARF accreditation or preparing for the accreditation survey may be directed to Imelda Berry-Candelario, LCSW-C., at