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CARF accreditation focuses on quality, results


Accreditation assists service providers to improve the quality of their services and meet internationally recognized standards. Learn more >


Consumers, their families, and the public look for CARF accreditation as assurance that providers strive to offer the highest quality services. Learn more >


Funders, insurers, referral agencies, and government regulators recognize that CARF-accredited providers are accountable and a better risk. Learn more >

Value of CARF Accreditation

CARF accreditation signals a service provider's commitment to continually improving services, encouraging feedback, and serving the community.

What is CARF?

What is the accreditation process?

Why choose CARF?

About CARF

We are an independent, nonprofit organization focused on advancing the quality of services you use to meet your needs for the best possible outcomes.

CARF provides accreditation services worldwide at the request of health and human service providers. Whether you are seeking rehabilitation for a disability, treatment for addiction and substance abuse, home and community services, retirement living, or other health and human services, you can have confidence in your choice. Providers that meet our standards have demonstrated their commitment to being among the best available.

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  •  50,913 accredited programs/services
    and growing

     Welcome newly accredited service providers

  • Request for Information (RFI): Building an Evidence Base for Effective Psychiatric Inpatient Care and Alternative Services for Suicide Prevention 

    The National Institute of Mental Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and American Foundation for Suicide Prevention are seeking information on approaches to better understand:

    • What components of inpatient care are safe and effective in reducing suicide risk for various populations?
    • What are effective alternatives to inpatient care (e.g., telephone counseling, home visits, intensive day/residential treatment, types of respite care) and how can they be broadly implemented?
    • What type of research designs could compare inpatient interventions with alternative approaches in a safe, acceptable, and fair manner?

    Please respond to the RFI no later than August 1, 2015.

  • 2015 standards manuals available

    The 2015 standards manuals, companion publications, and promotional items are now available.

    Be sure to keep up to date with the changes made from the previous manual. If you do not have the 2015 manual, order yours now at the
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