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CARF International names Michael Johnson as managing director of the Behavioral Health accreditation area

Executive and former surveyor brings 30 years of behavioral health experience to the accreditor 

February 28, 2013, Tucson, Arizona -- Michael W. Johnson, M.A., CAP, has accepted an appointment as the managing director of CARF International's Behavioral Health accreditation area beginning March 1.

In announcing Johnson's appointment, CARF President/CEO Brian J. Boon, Ph.D., said, "Public attention is focused on the critical need for behavioral health services in our society. Michael will bring multiple perspectives to CARF through his experience with a state agency and his expertise as a service provider and former surveyor. His unique skills and knowledge will help position CARF for the challenges ahead and strengthen CARF's mission of enhancing the lives of persons served."

CARF International is a nonprofit accreditor that has been accrediting health and human services since 1966. Its Behavioral Health accreditation area includes mental health, alcohol and other drugs or addictions treatment, psychosocial rehabilitation programs, and family services. CARF-accredited behavioral health programs are provided at more than 8,600 locations in North America and overseas.

Johnson brings 30 years of experience in the behavioral health field to CARF as a clinician, manager, and executive. Most recently, he was the assistant director of the Fresno County Department of Behavioral Health, an agency that delivers or finances all public-sector behavioral healthcare for more than one million residents of a diverse central California county. He previously served as a chief operating officer of the DeKalb Community Service Board, which provides behavioral health, substance abuse treatment, and developmental disability services at more than twenty locations in DeKalb County, Georgia.

Johnson will be responsible for planning and executing CARF's strategic business activities related to developing standards and cultivating growth of accreditation programs in the Behavioral Health accreditation area. He will conduct in-depth research and analysis of market data and deliver presentations on the CARF standards, accreditation process, and marketing trends to decision makers. He will also represent CARF at industry associations, conferences, and symposia.

No stranger to accreditation, Johnson was a CARF surveyor between 1995 and 2011.

Johnson said, "I am passionate about serving the behavioral healthcare industry, and I am excited and humbled by my selection to serve CARF. I have admired this organization for a long time, and I hope to continue CARF's great work."

Johnson holds a master's degree in communications from the University of Central Florida in Orlando. Since 1991, he has been a Certified Addictions Professional in the state of Florida and has served on or chaired various committees and groups. He is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. 

Service providers interested in being accredited for their behavioral health programs may contact Johnson at (888) 281-6531, extension 7101, or CARF International can also be contacted online at 

2/28/2013 12:05:00 AM

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