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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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11/8/2017

Tending to business in human services

By Betty O'Keefe, publications & communications, CARF International

Standards for business practices in health and human services are robust and forward-looking in the CARF model. However, this important area can be underemphasized or overlooked entirely by other accreditors. David Wilber, executive director of Diversified Enterprises and long-time CARF surveyor, witnessed the difference in results and volunteered his perspective for the white paper Developing sophisticated systems for success, recently published by BB&T Capital Markets. In the following article, Wilber describes his path to understanding how CARF is a differentiator for organizations seeking to survive, compete, and thrive in this increasingly complex service arena.

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6/7/2017

Better outcomes through consumer feedback: A spotlight on China

By Brad Contento, Corporate Communications, CARF International

Gathering consumer feedback with uSPEQ survey tools has been gaining traction within hospitals across China over the past two years. It is part of a larger quality improvement groundswell happening in the country.

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8/31/2016

Making the shift: Improving SCI outcomes with enhanced person-centered care

Shepherd Center in Atlanta, Georgia, is beginning to share the results from a three-year research project on the outcomes of an enhanced person-centered care initiative (including spinal cord injury peer mentorship) and how those strategies can be affordably replicated elsewhere.

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2/16/2016

Parity and the modern boom time for mental healthcare in the United States

By Michael Johnson, Managing Director of Behavioral Health, CARF International

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.

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10/24/2012

How Ticket to Work helped a county improve employment outcomes

By Maria Walker, Employment Program Planner, Polk County Health Services

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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