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CARF annually accredits thousands of health and human service programs across the continuum of care, serving children to seniors. The services include many types of living and care options, including addiction and substance abuse treatment, rehabilitation after an injury or disease, employment for persons with a disability, home and community services, and retirement living. Given the diverse needs of the various populations, the programs are organized into eight standards manuals and additional online standards, serving the unique needs of persons served. Find the program descriptions for each respective accreditation area below.
Aging Services (PDF)
Behavioral Health (PDF)
Child and Youth Services (PDF)
Employment and Community Services (PDF)
Medical Rehabilitation (PDF)
Opioid Treatment Program (PDF)
Vision Rehabilitation Services (PDF)
One-Stop Career Center
Supplement for Networks* (PDF)
*Some standards are developed specifically to be used as a supplement to the program sections of other CARF standards manuals. These standards are available as complimentary PDF downloads on the
Online Standards page.
Service providers may request
blended surveys that combine programs from two or more standards manuals into a custom accreditation to meet their unique circumstances. For information about any of the CARF programs, please call (888) 281-6531 and ask to speak to a resource specialist.
View the ASPIRE to Excellence® video (Flash, 2 1/4 min.) to learn about CARF's framework for business practice standards. Or read the script.
In the following videos, CARF-accredited providers and surveyors were interviewed about their experiences with CARF.
Video - The benefits of choosing CARF accreditation
Video - Recommending CARF to colleagues
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View the Quality Practice Notice on Suicide Prevention (PDF).
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