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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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  •  57,757 accredited programs/services
    and growing

     Welcome newly accredited service providers

  • Are you attending the 2018 ACRM Annual Conference?

    Use this code at checkout to receive a discount* off your registration:

    15% off for ACRM members: 2018-CARF 

    20% off for nonmembers: CARF20

    *Only for CARF affiliates.

    September 30–October 3 in Dallas, Texas     
    Learn more and register here  New window icon 

  • How CARF accreditation helps programs develop sophisticated systems

    Helping create best practices using proven systems and approaches is where CARF accreditation adds tremendous value. The process exposes your organization to intellectual capital and perspectives to which it would not otherwise have access. Read this BB&T white paper to see how accreditation helps your program thrive from a business perspective.

  • 2018 publications available now

    The 2018 standards manuals, companion publications, and promotional items are available.
    Be sure to keep up to date with the changes from the previous manual. Order 2018 publications now at the CARF Online Store. New window icon 

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