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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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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.



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.



Where CARF surveyors come from

We spoke with three former CARF surveyors who are now CARF staff members. They shared some interesting context on themselves and why they first got into surveying



Hope in the hallways:

Halfway into the 1971 classic film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Gene Wilder, wearing an orange top hat and oversized bow tie, excitedly shows off a special wall covered in fruit-decorated wallpaper. “Lick a pineapple,” he implores. “It tastes like a pineapple. Try some more! The snozzberries taste like snozzberries!” While snozzberries and lickable wallpaper are the stuff of fiction, the interactive wonderland of Wonka’s chocolate factory is not far from reality at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health in Indianapolis, Indiana.



The essential philosophy of serving youth with diverse SOGIE (Part 2 of 2)

4 practices to develop a SOGIE-literate culture: CARF spoke with Los Angeles Youth Network (LAYN), about what it does to create and maintain a SOGIE-conscious culture. CEO Mark Supper identified four cultural competency practices that help LAYN stay inclusive of diverse SOGIE.



The essential philosophy of serving youth with diverse SOGIE (Part 1 of 2)

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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



Report suspicions of abuse: Protect young people and the organizations serving them

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.


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