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  • Behavioral Health

    With the rapid changes and advances in rehabilitation for mental health as well as alcohol and other addiction and substance abuse treatments, CARF's behavioral health standards reflect leadership in the field internationally.

    CARF accredits behavioral health programs, including:

    • Assertive Community Treatment
    • Case Management/Services Coordination
    • Community Integration
    • Court Treatment
    • Crisis Intervention
    • Crisis Stabilization
    • Day Treatment
    • Detoxification/Withdrawal Management
    • Health Home
    • Inpatient Treatment
    • Integrated Behavioral Health/Primary Care
    • Intensive Family-Based Services
    • Intensive Outpatient Treatment
    • Office-Based Opioid Treatment Program
    • Outpatient Treatment
    • Partial Hospitalization
    • Residential Treatment
    • Specialized or Treatment Foster Care
    • Student Counseling
    • Therapeutic Communities
    • Assessment and Referral
    • Call Centers
    • Community Housing
    • Comprehensive Suicide Prevention Program
    • Diversion/Intervention
    • Employee Assistance
    • Prevention
    • Supported Living

    The following specific population designations may be added to a program:

    • Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder
    • Children/Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder
    • Children and Adolescents
    • Consumer-Run
    • Criminal Justice
    • Eating Disorders
    • Juvenile Justice
    • Medically Complex
    • Older Adults

    Please refer to the program descriptions New window icon for further details on each program in the lists above.

    For more information on CARF behavioral health accreditation, please email bh@carf.org, or call toll free (888) 281-6531. 

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  • Promising Practices newsletter

    Read the latest issue of the BH/CYS/OTP newsletter celebrating exemplary conformance to the standards:

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  • Suicide Prevention Resources

    CARF wishes to raise the bar for accredited organizations to ensure clinical and service workforce preparedness as it relates to suicide prevention. Following the 2016 publication of CARF's Quality Practice Notice on Suicide Prevention, CARF published standards for Comprehensive Suicide Prevention Programs and added screening for suicide risk to its assessment standards.

    CARF adds screening for suicide risk to its assessment standards
    Suicide risk screening requirement added to 2019 Behavioral Health and Opioid Treatment Program Standards Manuals.

    988 Messaging Framework
    CARF is a proud partner of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention supporting the implementation of 988, the three-digit dialing, texting, and chat code for direct connection to compassionate, accessible support for anyone experiencing substance use issues, a suicidal crisis, or mental health-related distress.


  • Level of Care Certification

    Learn more about Level of Care Certification. New window icon

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