CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) is an international, nonprofit accreditor of health and human services, covering aging services, behavioral health, medical rehabilitation, employment and community services, and more. Much like The Joint Commission (TJC) that accredits hospitals, CARF certification requires a service provider to commit to quality improvement, focusing on the unique needs of each person the provider serves, and monitor the results of those services.
The accreditation process takes a thorough and comprehensive look at all aspects of a community and the care it provides, with over 1,500 standards that the provider needs to meet. The process includes internal and external audits, as well as onsite surveys conducted by a team of expert practitioners selected by CARF to determine if the provider meets a series of rigorous and internationally recognized standards.
This voluntary process means that a service provider, like Koinonia, must take the extra steps to earn accreditation. More rigorous than state licensure, earning accreditation means the provider has the industry-specific seal of approval, the standard set by the very best providers.