In this case study, we follow a youth named Adam through his decision
to come out as transgender, the resulting trauma and homelessness, and the
services provided to get him on a path to success. The challenges he
experienced were a direct result of his gender identity and new expression of
it. Valuing that part of his identity was an important element in creating a
service environment for him to succeed.
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.
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.
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.
Although this article focuses on sexual abuse of minors, vulnerable populations are not only children and youths. Adults with disabilities and elderly persons can be at high risk for abuse, neglect, or exploitation. Protecting the rights of persons of any age or ability served by CARF-accredited programs is at the heart of the CARF accreditation process.