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NOSAC joins CARF's International Advisory Council

New council seat strengthens the input that children, youth, and family populations have in the standards development process

December 1, 2014, Tucson, Arizona—The National Organization of State Associations for Children (NOSAC), a national collaboration of state-level associations serving children and families, has accepted a seat on CARF's International Advisory Council (IAC). CARF International provides accreditation services, including the development of quality standards, for health and human services.

The IAC provides guidance on the development of the CARF standards and input on issues affecting fields in which CARF offers accreditation. The IAC comprises organizational and individual members who represent the spectrum of CARF's accreditation services. Members include persons served, providers, professionals, governmental agencies, and purchasers in the health and human services field.

"We are excited to increase our child and youth services representation on the IAC," said Leslie Ellis-Lang, managing director of Child and Youth Services for CARF. "We now have a better opportunity of ensuring that voices of children, youth, and families throughout the country are included in our standards."

NOSAC is dedicated to providing leadership and advocacy on public policy issues by helping facilitate networking and sharing of information among its member associations. Megann Anderson, J.D., president elect for NOSAC, said, "NOSAC is honored to join CARF's International Advisory Council. This partnership offers an opportunity for our organizations to work more closely together on our shared commitment to quality services for children, youth, and families."

Ms. Anderson, who is also the executive director of the New Jersey Alliance for Children, Youth, and Families, will represent NOSAC on the IAC. With the addition of NOSAC, the IAC encompasses 37 organizational and six individual members. A full list of IAC members can be found at www.carf.org/IAC.

12/2/2014 8:35:00 AM

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