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  • Quick facts about CARF

    Mission: The mission of CARF is to promote the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process and continuous improvement services that center on enhancing the lives of persons served.

    Moral owners: Persons served are the primary consumers of services. They are the principal decision maker throughout the course of a program/service. Persons served have the right to choose whether members of the family, support system, or advocates may participate in that decision-making process. In circumstances when the person served is unable to exercise self-representation at any point in the decision-making process, person served is interpreted to also encompass those persons legally authorized to make decisions on behalf of the person served.


    CARF, for Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities

    CCRC, for Continuing Care Retirement Community


    CARF International
    Toll Free: (888) 281-6531  

    Tucson, Arizona, USA (headquarters)
    6951 East Southpoint Road
    Tucson, AZ 85756-9407, USA
    Fax: (520) 318-1129

    Washington, District of Columbia, USA
    1775 Eye Street, Suite 1150
    Washington, DC 20006-2435, USA
    Fax: (202) 587-5009

    CARF Canada
    Toll Free: (888) 281-6531  

    Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
    501-10154 104 Street NW
    Edmonton, AB T5J 1A7, Canada
    Fax: (780) 426-7274

    CARF Europe
    Phone: 001 (520) 325-1044
    Fax: 001 (520) 318-1129

    London, England, United Kingdom
    4th Floor, Rex House, 4-12 Regent Street
    London, SW1Y 4RG, UK

    CARF Europe is a charitable company limited by guaranty, registered in England and Wales. Company #06772442, Charity #1134454 

    CARF website address:  

    CARF International established: 1966

    CARF Canada established: 2002

    CARF Europe established: 2008

    Status: Nonprofit, independent organization

    Primary business: Accreditation. CARF officially recognizes health and human service providers as having met standards for quality of service.

    Secondary business: Education, research, publishing

    Fields served: Aging services, behavioral health (including opioid treatment programs), child and youth services, employment and community services (including vision rehabilitation), and medical rehabilitation 

    Regions served: North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Oceania

    Accredited providers: Over 9,000 service providers with more than 65,000 accredited programs and services at 30,000+ locations

    Persons served: More than 13.7 million persons served annually by CARF-accredited service providers

    Surveyors: More than 1,500 in North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia

    Accreditation outcomes:

    CARF, CARF Canada, and CARF Europe: Three-Year Accreditation, One-Year Accreditation, Provisional Accreditation, Nonaccreditation, Preliminary Accreditation

    CCRC: Five-Year Term of Accreditation, Nonaccreditation  

    Revenue sources: Survey fees from applicant service providers, registration fees from seminars and conferences, sales of publications, contributions from International Advisory Council (IAC) members, grants from public and private agencies

    CARF governance: 11-member Board of Directors

    Board Chair: Donald J. Dew, M.S.W., ACSW

    President/CEO: Brian J. Boon, Ph.D.

    CARF Canada governance: Board and community advisors 

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