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The CARF Connection blog, previously distributed in the form of a newsletter, provides timely tips, resources, and updates about CARF accreditation, business practices, and related matters. Learn about current trends in the fields that CARF accredits, improving services, and the latest CARF news.

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4/10/2018

Seen and heard at the CARF surveyor conference

Surveyors representing health and human service organizations throughout the U.S. and Canada attended the 2018 CARF Surveyor Continuing Education Conference on March 24 and 25 at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort in beautiful Tucson, Arizona.

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4/3/2018

Program repurposes empty parking lots to serve homeless population

The New Beginnings Safe Parking Program in Santa Barbara provides shelter and housing to the vehicular homeless population. The program utilizes empty parking lots that would otherwise remain unused at night. Each night, the program shelters more than 150 individuals and families who live in their vehicles.

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3/22/2018

Adaptive fitness fuels my SCI journey

By T. Kent Keyser, Public Policy Fellow, United Spinal Association. Kent spent more than three decades working for a prominent member of the U.S. House of Representatives. That experience coupled with his natural resilience and optimism helped him overcome rehabilitation obstacles following a severe spinal cord injury from a freak accident in his home. Kent took charge of his own recovery and is now a national advocate for others with spinal cord injury or other paralyzing conditions.  

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3/20/2018

CMS clarifies “Improvement Standard” to the benefit of persons served

Recent CMS actions provide welcome clarity to providers, insurers, and individuals with chronic conditions who need rehabilitative therapies and other skilled services, even when their underlying condition will not improve. 

The actions include revisions to the Medicare Benefit Policy Manual, a CMS webpage devoted to the topic, and a nationwide education campaign.

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3/13/2018

How accreditation supports child welfare’s shift to prevention

One of the biggest drivers of service options is the availability of funding. When a piece of federal legislation redefines how public funds can be used, it changes the array of available services.

The Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) primary focus is prevention services. Simply put, states will be able to use Title IV-E foster-care funds for services for children at risk of entering foster care. Previously, these funds could be used only for foster care itself and for adoption assistance.

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2/28/2018

Seen and Heard at the Transforming Outcomes Institute

CARF’s winter Transforming Outcomes Institute concluded on February 24. It hosted more than 100 participants in Tucson, AZ. Here’s a visual breakdown of the training.

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1/19/2018

What the loss of Tyler Hilinski teaches us about the vital, ongoing conversation around suicide

On Tuesday, January 16, Tyler Hilinski, the starting quarterback for the Washington State Cougars football team, lost his life to suicide. His death leaves family, teammates, classmates, and many other members of the community in a state of deep pain. Tyler was not someone most would have imagined was dealing with a behavioral health issue. He was young, intelligent, and a star Division-1 athlete. These facts underscore a major misconception about suicide.

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1/3/2018

The Sweden Story

In 1996, Lund University Hospital in Sweden became the first organization outside North America with a CARF-accredited program. Since then, the organization has restructured into Skåne University Hospital. The organization is preparing for its seventh accreditation survey in early summer of 2018. 

Already one of the largest rehabilitation medicine clinics in Scandinavia, what makes Skåne University continuously committed to CARF accreditation?

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11/8/2017

Tending to business in human services

Standards for business practices in health and human services are robust and forward-looking in the CARF model. However, this important area can be underemphasized or overlooked entirely by other accreditors. David Wilber, executive director of Diversified Enterprises and long-time CARF surveyor, witnessed the difference in results and volunteered his perspective for the white paper Developing sophisticated systems for success, recently published by BB&T Capital Markets. In the following article, Wilber describes his path to understanding how CARF is a differentiator for organizations seeking to survive, compete, and thrive in this increasingly complex service arena.

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9/1/2017

Message from CARF CEO regarding Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

We at CARF are deeply concerned about the many lives affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, natural disasters of significant scope and scale.

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