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.
CARF’s managing director of employment and community services, Pete
Hathaway, spoke with Steve Hill, CEO of ABC
Inc. in Rochester, Minnesota. Steve has been a CARF surveyor for nearly 40
years, and recently announced that he will be retiring at the end of April,
2016. Steve was asked to reflect on his time working and surveying in the
employment and community services field. 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 3 of that series: Employment and Community Services.
Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin created the Circles of Care program to address its employees' life challenges -- whether their difficulty is emotional, spiritual, psychological, physical, or financial.
Showcasing a sensory processing approach for improving the lives of
persons with autism. This approach was presented at a CARF employment and community services conference in 2012.
The Spectrum Network in Decorah, Iowa, recognized numerous and diverse storytelling voices when it published From My Perspective: Essays About Disability. The book celebrates the stories of persons with disabilities, their parents and caregivers, and rehabilitation professionals. This
publication was presented at a CARF employment and community services conference
To paraphrase a popular
book title, it takes a village to reduce the large unemployment rate for
persons with mental illness and intellectual or other developmental
disabilities. Increasing employment opportunities for these individuals is
every service provider’s responsibility. Polk County Health Services (PCHS) in
the Des Moines, Iowa, area works with a network of providers in the community
to increase employment outcomes. This approach was presented at a CARF
employment and community services conference in 2012.
A blend of retail and
rehabilitation is a recipe for creating a social enterprise -- a social service
organization that operates a revenue-generating business to fund the
organization’s mission. Cornucopia, Inc., has been using the model for decades.
This business was presented at a CARF employment and community services
conference in 2012.
Bosma Enterprises is
removing the fear and mystery of using computers for persons served. Four years
ago, the organization launched a Build-A-Computer program designed to help
persons who are blind or visually impaired become confident in using computers. This
program was presented at a CARF employment and community services conference
Recognition of the
positive roles that employment and supported education play in promoting
recovery for persons with mental illness is increasing among organizations like
Optimae LifeServices in Iowa. This program was presented at a CARF employment
and community services conference in 2012.