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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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The newest quality frontier: child and youth services

As part of CARF’s 50th year anniversary celebration in 2016, we are sharing snapshots of the industries in which we offer accreditation. This is part 5 of a series: Child and Youth Services. Leslie Ellis-Lang, CARF’s managing director of child and youth services, discusses how CARF’s development and advancement of distinct child and youth standards parallel how society itself has viewed children and young persons over time.



Quality Practice Notice on Suicide Prevention

Responsible, quality-based practitioners in the health and human services industry should educate and train themselves to act in a responsible and timely manner when presented with a person at risk for suicide. We know through research that applying evidence-based practice and delivering comprehensive and integrated prevention programs can reduce the rate of suicide. In regard to Suicide Prevention Month, please access CARF’s Quality Practice Notice on Suicide Prevention for first step resources to saving a life.



TIRR Memorial Hermann—Past, Present and Future

As part of CARF’s 50th year anniversary celebration in 2016, we are sharing snapshots of the industries in which we offer accreditation. This is part 4 of a series: Medical Rehabilitation. TIRR Memorial Hermann was one of the first providers to receive CARF accreditation in 1967.



Making the shift: Improving SCI outcomes with enhanced person-centered care

Shepherd Center in Atlanta, Georgia, is beginning to share the results from a three-year research project on the outcomes of an enhanced person-centered care initiative (including spinal cord injury peer mentorship) and how those strategies can be affordably replicated elsewhere.



Technology continues to ingrain itself into health and human service fields

Telecommunications and data management technology has unavoidably made its way into healthcare industries because it can increase consumer access to services and providers’ ability to provide them. Many providers are successfully incorporating technological solutions, which is why CARF has made an effort to highlight practices related to this topic in the Promising Practices newsletter series. This blog post features some articles that highlight successful uses of technology to improve business practices or service delivery.



Increasing formation of healthcare networks calls attention to quality guidelines

A major story so far in 2016 has been the change in service delivery models toward larger systems and networks through affiliations, mergers, and various other types of integrations. Providers are forming relationships across multiple sectors to expand their reach and provide services more efficiently to a broader population. The changing environment poses challenges for providers as they find themselves operating within a new service infrastructure or environment. This trend is of particular interest to CARF because it poses quality questions for providers across a spectrum of industries.



Horticultural therapy: It makes a growing difference

The Margaret T. Morris Center in Prescott, Arizona, a residential assisted living community specializing solely in dementia care, shares how it created a horticultural therapy program to address a range of resident outcome goals.



The ins and outs of choosing and displaying the CARF seal of accreditation

After your programs or services have earned CARF accreditation, you will want to market and advertise your achievement to your community and stakeholders. CARF provides resources that can help you promote your accreditation, including guidelines for citing your accreditation, example news release and letter text, and several CARF seal options. This blog post explains how to properly use and display the CARF seals of accreditation in your online and printed materials.



The story behind the 50th anniversary persons served artwork exhibit

CARF recently released the second slideshow in the 50th anniversary persons served artwork exhibit. Did you know that the artwork being highlighted comes directly from the art that currently decorates the CARF office buildings in Tucson, Arizona, and Washington, DC? Here are a few of our staff members' favorite pieces.



Three recent additions to CARF’s International Advisory Council part of larger expansion of child and youth focus over past decade

In the past few months, three child and youth advocacy organizations accepted invitations to join CARF’s International Advisory Council (IAC). The Association of Children’s Residential Centers (ACRC), Youth M.O.V.E. (Motivating Others through Voices of Experience) National, and National Association for Children’s Behavioral Health (NACBH) join the growing contribution of the children and youth services industry in CARF standards.


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