What do accreditations, like CARF, mean?

The Commission on Accreditation Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)

When choosing a treatment facility, you may hear someone mention — or fail to mention, accreditation, such as CARF. But what does CARF accreditation mean?

The Commission on Accreditation Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) is an independent, nonprofit organization which creates standards for those providing health and human services, and works to ensure that those providers retain a commitment to continually improving services, encouraging feedback, and serving the community. 12 Keys was recently awarded CARF accreditation.

When a recovery center such as 12 Keys, applies for CARF accreditation, they first complete a self-evaluation to ensure they are meeting rigorous quality standards. After meeting these standards for at least 6 months, the provider can request an on-site survey.

The survey team is made up of industry peers who interview staff, speak to those treated and their families, observe organizational practices, review appropriate documentation, answer questions, and suggest ways to improve the provider’s operations and service.

If an organization meets the quality standards, they are granted CARF accreditation and receives report that identifies the service provider’s strengths and areas for improvement. As a CARF accredited provider, 12 Keys must now submit an Annual Conformance to Quality Report each year throughout the accreditation term.

At 12 Keys Rehab in Jensen Beach, FL we are committed to exceeding the rigorous standards accreditation requires. In fact, some of our staff members are approved surveyors for CARF, and review drug treatment programs across the country.

When you are choosing a treatment facility, it is important to ask if they are CARF accredited. This “seal of approval” gives peace of mind in knowing that the facility you or your loved one have selected is committed to maintaining high standards and continuous improvement — and that this commitment is verified by an independent review.

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