(Above: The accreditation report mentions "genuinely compassionate" employees. Human Resources Manager Terry Moore awards Kenmore Club Manager Amy Rippy for going above and beyond to help others.)
CARF International announced that Rappahannock Area Community Services Board has been accredited for three years for its behavioral healthcare supports. The latest accreditation is the ninth consecutive Three-Year Accreditation that the international accrediting body, CARF, has given to RACSB.
“The accreditation process allows our agency to shine and to also discover new ways to help the individuals who come to us for services,” Executive Director Jane Yaun said. “The process was intense, but it was gratifying to hear surveyors mention our ‘genuinely compassionate’ employees and ‘beautiful facilities that show care for individuals served.’ And, we received excellent feedback about ideas for improvement.”
This accreditation decision represents the highest level of accreditation that can be given to an organization and shows the organization’s substantial conformance to the CARF standards. An organization receiving a Three-Year Accreditation has put itself through a rigorous peer review process. It has demonstrated to a team of surveyors during an on-site visit its commitment to offering programs and services that are measurable, accountable, and of the highest quality. Surveyors interview staff, board members, and individuals served. They also tour programs and pore over manuals and data.
The CARF accreditation report noted many areas of strength for RACSB, including “enthusiastic and dedicated” staff members, a “competent and compassionate” workforce, a “dedicated” Board of Directors, open communication from leadership, an informative website, comprehensive competency and marketing plans, a strong quality assurance team, a longstanding reputation in the community, and use of evidence-based practices in treatment.
“RACSB provides services in a nonjudgmental manner that considers each individual and meets the person served where he/she is, recognizing that ‘one size fits all’ is not an appropriate way to encourage and foster hope and change,” the report stated.
CARF has accredited RACSB for the following programs:
- Case Management/Service Coordination: Integrated: Alcohol and Other Drugs /Mental Health (Adults)
- Case Management/Service Coordination: Integrated: Alcohol and Other Drugs /Mental Health (Children and Adolescents)
- Community Housing: Mental Health (Adults)
- Community Integration: Psychosocial Rehabilitation (Adults)
- Crisis Stabilization: Integrated: Alcohol and Other Drugs /Mental Health (Adults)
- Court Treatment: Integrated: Alcohol and Other Drugs /Mental Health (Adults)
- Court Treatment: Integrated: Alcohol and Other Drugs /Mental Health (Children and Adolescents)
- Outpatient Treatment: Integrated: Alcohol and Other Drugs /Mental Health (Adults )
- Outpatient Treatment: Integrated: Alcohol and Other Drugs /Mental Health (Children and Adolescents)
- Supported Living: Mental Health (Adults)
CARF is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body whose mission is to promote the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process that centers on enhancing the lives of the persons served. Founded in 1966 as the Commission on Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities, and now known CARF, the accrediting body established consumer-focused standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their programs and services.