Hawaii Island Recovery utilizes a resident pod of wild, free-swimming
Spinner dolphins to create meaningful experiences for their clients receiving
treatment for addiction. Program Director and Experiential Therapist, Eliza
Wille, shares how she combined her master’s degree in psychology and years-long
interest and research in cetaceans to develop this unique program.
Management Systems of America (HMSA) is a leader in the State of Michigan in
providing training on human trafficking. Two years ago, HMSA embarked on a mission to develop education,
awareness, and training programming for this topic following a meeting with the
Ambassador from Australia, who is also a member of the Global Freedom Network.
Human trafficking trainings are now being presented in the community, and HMSA
is in the process of putting together community groups to focus on the health
of victims, housing, and education. Videos, booklets, and other actionable
pieces of information are available online.
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.
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.
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
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.
TRICARE, the healthcare program offered by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), is in the process of modernizing its behavioral health benefits. Earlier this month, the DoD published a Proposed Rule entitled TRICARE: Mental Health and Substance Abuse Disorder Treatment. Providers, persons served, and the public can submit their comments on this rule change until April 1, 2016.
What we are seeing today, for the first time in my career, is a mainstream attitude in the United States that mental health treatment should be on par and equal with that of other illnesses. However, growth in service offerings has been slow. We must utilize this historic opportunity to move forward with greater capacity and efforts toward integrating mental and behavioral healthcare with primary healthcare. As part of CARF’s 50th year anniversary, we will be sharing snapshots of the industries in which we offer accreditation services. This is part 2 of that series: Behavioral Health.
Dawn Pickering of CARF Canada collaborated with the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse and Canadian Executive Council on Addictions to create a resource document for residential treatment facilities.