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  • CARF 101: Preparing for Successful Accreditation

    Achieving CARF accreditation requires a commitment to excellence.

    Presented by CARF staff, CARF 101s are intended for a variety of audiences, including organizations that are:

    • Exploring CARF accreditation.
    • Preparing for their first CARF survey.
    • Needing a refresher prior to a CARF resurvey.

    Topics vary depending on the audience and may include:

    • An overview of the accreditation process, including an examination of the value of accreditation for organizations, consumers, and the public.
    • An overview of CARF standards, including the ASPIRE to Excellence® quality framework, which provides a logical and action-oriented approach to continuous quality improvement.
    • Examples of conformance to the CARF standards, including discussion of the most commonly missed standards.

    CARF 101s are presented in different formats depending on which accreditation area your programs fall under.

    Onsite Training Sessions

    Aging Services (AS 101)
    Behavioral Health/Child and Youth Services/Opioid Treatment Program (BH/CYS/OTP 101)
    Employment and Community Services (ECS 101)

    The onsite training format consists of comprehensive and engaging two-day training sessions designed to help organizations prepare for successful accreditation.

    Participants will be given the opportunity to discuss and receive "hands-on" support from training faculty regarding the development and implementation of plans, policies, and procedures needed to demonstrate organizational conformance to the standards. Additional emphasis will be placed on areas where organizations or personnel new to CARF most often need guidance. Participants will have the opportunity to consult with the faculty one-on-one and participate in break-out sessions with other attendees.

    Web-based Training Modules

    Medical Rehabilitation (MED 101)

    The web-based training format is being conducted as a pilot in 2017. It consists of a series of training modules that can be accessed online. The modules can be viewed as many times as desired, and shared with as many staff members as needed, within the calendar year.

    Each module is approximately 30–60 minutes and discusses topics around the development and implementation of plans, policies, and procedures needed to demonstrate organizational conformance to the standards. Each section of the standards manual has its own dedicated module, and includes discussions with real surveyors who answer questions and provide information.

    Click on the event name for further information and to register.

  • Medical Rehabilitation

    May 01, 2017 - April 30, 2018
    MED 101: Preparing for Successful Accreditation in Medical Rehabilitation Web-based

    Purchase now! Available until April 30, 2018.

  • To download full event schedules, click here.
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  • 2017 MED 101 notice:

    Beginning in 2017, CARF’s Medical Rehabilitation unit will offer 101 trainings exclusively as web-based recorded training modules rather than conducting physical-location trainings. More information can be found in this article.

    For questions, contact the Education and Training unit toll free at (888) 281-6531 or email

  • In their own words:

  • The session on CARF accreditation standards was invigorating, and provided me with the energy, motivation, and voice to influence change. The session simplified the process and was fluid and integrative concerning day-to-day activities. I am pleased to hear that accreditation is not another “add on”, and supports the person-centered philosophy.

    Tulia Ferreira
    Responsive Health Mentors

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