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  • Employment and Community Services

    With sweeping changes in the disability movement, CARF's employment and community services standards reflect leadership in the field internationally. 

    CARF accredits employment and community services programs, including:

    • Affirmative Business Enterprises
    • Assistive Technology Supports and Services
    • Behavioral Consultation Services
    • Centers for Independent Living
    • Community Employment Services
    • Community Housing
    • Community Integration
    • Comprehensive Benefits Planning
    • Comprehensive Vocational Evaluation Services
    • Employee Development Services
    • Employment Planning Services
    • Employment Skills Training Services
    • Family Services
    • Foster Family Services
    • Home and Community Services
    • Host Family/Shared Living Services
    • Mentor Services
    • Organizational Employment Services
    • Personal Supports Services
    • Rapid Rehousing and Homelessness Prevention Program
    • Respite Services
    • Self-Directed Community Supports and Services: Flexible Supports Planning
    • Self-Directed Community Supports and Services: Employer of Record for Support Services
    • Self-Employment Services
    • Services Coordination
    • Services for Children and Youth
    • Short-Term Immigration Support Services
    • Supported Education Services
    • Supported Living
    • Targeted Employment Screening Services
    • Transition Services

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

    • Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder
    • Children/Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder
    • Children and Adolescents
    • Medically Fragile
    • Older Adults and Older Adults/Dementia Care
    • Standards for Workforce Development Services

    Please refer to the program descriptionsNew window icon for further details.

    For more information on CARF employment and community services accreditation, please email or call toll free (888) 281-6531.

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  • Promising Practices newsletter

    Read the latest issue of the ECS newsletter celebrating exemplary conformance to the standards:

    Working better by working together

    If you would like to be notified of new publications, subscribe to future issues.

  • Tending to business in human services

    The CARF standards emphasize strong business practices in health and human services; whereas, this important area is underemphasized or overlooked entirely by other accreditors. David Wilber, executive director of Diversified Enterprises, witnessed the difference in results and volunteered his perspective for a white paper, Developing sophisticated systems for success, published by BB&T Capital Markets.

    Read blog article featuring Dave Wilber.

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