What is accreditation and certification?
Accreditation is a process of external reviews, used to insure quality assurance and quality improvement. In the field of substance abuse and mental health, accreditation and certifications are carried out by the state and private nonprofit organizations. The thorough evaluation of the policies and procedures make accreditation and certification of the treatment facility a vital part in making a decision for those seeking treatment.
What is CARF?
Founded in 1966, as the Commission on Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities, CARF is a private, not-for-profit organization that promotes quality rehabilitation services. It does this by establishing standards of quality for organizations to use as guidelines in developing and offering their programs or services to consumers. CARF uses the standards to determine how well an organization is serving its consumers and how it can improve. Every year the standards are reviewed and new ones are developed to keep pace with changing conditions and current consumer needs.
Why are we accredited?
A Better Tomorrow’s accreditation is a means of demonstrating our commitment to quality for clients and their family members. We strive to rise above the standards by providing consistent care in accordance with the newest evidence-based information. The more innovative our treatment, the better we can adjust to the fast-paced field of addiction recovery. Out of the thousands of programs, only 5% have achieved this status of accreditation.
What does accreditation mean to you?
Choosing CARF-accredited programs and services provides the assurance that:
- the programs or services actively involve consumers in selecting, planning and using services.
- the organization’s programs and services have met consumer-focused, state-of-the-art international standards of performance.
- these standards were developed with the involvement and input of consumers.
- the organization is focused on assisting each consumer in achieving his or her chosen goals and outcomes.