Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)

What is CARF?

CARF AccreditedCARF is a private, not-for-profit organization that promotes quality rehabilitation services by establishing guideline standards for organizations to use in developing and offering programs or services to consumers. CARF uses these standards to determine how well an organization is serving its consumers and how the organization can improve.

CARF standards are developed with input from consumers, rehabilitation professionals, state and national organizations and other funding sources. Each year the standards are reviewed and new standards are developed to keep pace with changing conditions and consumer needs.

What Does it mean to be Accredited?

Once an organization applies for service or program accreditation, CARF sends professionals to conduct an on-site survey to determine the degree to which the organization meets the standards. CARF surveyors also consult with staff members and offer suggestions for improving the quality of the organization’s services.

CARF-accredited programs and services have demonstrated that they substantially meet internationally recognized standards. CARF accreditation means that you can be confident that an organization has made a commitment to continually enhance the quality of its services and programs, with a focus on consumer satisfaction.

The Benefits to You—the Service Consumer

Choosing CARF-accredited programs and services gives you the assurance that:

  • The programs or services actively involve consumers in selecting, planning and utilization.
  • The organization’s programs and services have met consumer focused, state-of-the-art international performance standards.
  • The organization is focused on assisting each consumer in achieving his or her goals.
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