The Importance of Accreditation – Why We Partner with the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities!
CARF’s mission is to promote the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process and continuous improvement services that center on enhancing the lives of persons served.
Key Assets Kentucky’s purpose is to achieve positive and lasting outcomes for children, families, and communities, and our affiliation with CARF helps us to ensure we fulfill our purpose. Every three years, we welcome the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) into our group homes and offices to ensure we provide high-quality services by our residential and community-based outpatient counseling services team members.
As a licensed Private Child Caring and Behavioral Health Services Organization, we are required to be accredited. It is our choice as to the agency we choose to partner with in this ongoing process.
So, why CARF and why accreditation?
Consumers face a variety of options when deciding what services to use and who should provide them. Accreditation is a sign of quality and is an essential consideration in their decision-making.
CARF International has surveyed hundreds of thousands of programs worldwide since it was founded as an independent, nonprofit accreditor in 1966.
The value of accreditation goes beyond a competitive distinction for service providers and a framework for continuous quality improvement. CARF offers a wide variety of value-added benefits and several unique advantages to help providers receive the greatest return for their accreditation investment.
One primary advantage is the consultative approach of CARF surveyors. We know that we will be surveyed by professionals working in the areas we are seeking accreditation. We are upfront about the areas in which we need to improve, and CARF can provide expert advice on ways to achieve success in those areas. We genuinely believe that being accredited by CARF does help us to stay focused on our Core Values:
- Recognizing everybody counts and is accountable.
- Providing high-quality and safe services.
- Achieving excellence through continuous improvement.
- Cultivating knowledge, innovation, and learning.