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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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1/15/2016

Welcome to the new CARF Connection blog

The CARF Connection is being converted from an e-newsletter into a blog. The focus of the CARF Connection blog will stay true to its historical mission of providing timely tips, resources, news, and updates about CARF accreditation, business practices, and related matters. However, the blog will expand on those topics to also discuss current trends in the fields that CARF offers accreditation and invite your comments and feedback.

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6/30/2015

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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3/25/2015

Succession planning focuses on leadership development

Without a carefully crafted succession plan, an organization's stability can be at risk when the organization replaces its chief executive or other senior staff member, especially if that leader has been with the organization for many years. This article profiles the Center for Human Services whose planning for future leadership transitions went well beyond writing a succession plan document. This organization created a program to groom future leaders and prepare the organization for change and growth.

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11/6/2014

Cancer care rehabilitation is game changer for patients

With a renewed focus on both survivorship and quality of life, the medical community now recognizes that rehabilitation can serve an important role in improving care for the more than 14 million people currently living with cancer. This renewed focus allows for new opportunities of growth and clinical development in which the skills and tools commonly used for more traditional rehabilitation populations are now being applied to underserved individuals with significant needs.

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7/23/2014

Integrating rehabilitation into cancer care

When CARF International conducted market research and analysis in 2012, a consensus emerged that CARF was at a critical juncture for bridging a gap in the cancer field. Many acute care and oncology specialists had limited experience and expertise in providing rehabilitation care, and cancer rehabilitation professionals were seeking a framework for integrating their specialty into the cancer care continuum.

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11/21/2013

Holistic wellness programs energize organization’s workforce

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.

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8/6/2013

Living longer, living better: Improving service quality and supports for persons with ID/DD and dementia

With advances in medicine and assistive technology, persons with intellectual disabilities or developmental disabilities (ID/DD) are living more productive and longer lives. This extended life expectancy also means that these individuals experience an increased risk for Alzheimer's disease and related dementias (ADRD) as they age. This article highlighted the ongoing collaboration between the National Task Group on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia Practices (NTG) and CARF International.

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2/12/2013

A sensory approach proves effective in working with persons with autism and challenging behaviors

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.

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11/28/2012

We, too, are storytellers: People own the stories told from their perspective

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 in 2012.

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10/24/2012

How Ticket to Work helped a county improve employment outcomes

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.

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10/4/2012

Mission shapes the focus of a social enterprise

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.

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9/12/2012

Blind consumers learn not only how to use computers but also how to build them

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 in 2012.

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2/1/2012

Going back to school today makes it easier to go to work tomorrow

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.

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