CLEVELAND – The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) International announced that Koinonia, a leader in services for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), has been accredited for a period of three years for the following programs and services:
- Community Employment Services: Employment Supports
- Community Employment Services: Job Development
- Community Integration
- Community Integration: Integrated IDD/Mental Health (Autism Spectrum Disorder – Adults)
- Outpatient Treatment Integrated: IDD/Mental Health (Autism Spectrum Disorder – Adults)
The accreditation affirms Koinonia’s commitment to a Whole-Person Integrated Care service model rolled out last year. This model includes all actions needed to keep the person safe and healthy, including health care, nutrition, safety, and personal support. This includes not only mental and behavioral health care, but also an understanding of social and environmental issues that need to be considered when treating people with IDD.
This accreditation decision represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and shows Koinonia’s substantial conformance to the CARF standards. An organization receiving a three-year accreditation has put itself through a rigorous peer-review process and has demonstrated to a team of surveyors during an on-site visit that its programs and services are of the highest quality, measurable, and accountable.
“Koinonia is evolving, our story is changing to emphasize integration, interdependence, and diversity,” said Diane Beastrom, President & CEO of Koinonia. “People want to be seen as a whole person, they want the services and supports that they need when they need them, and they don’t want to go shopping around to get them connected and integrated. CARF Accreditation confirms our commitment to offering new lines of services that fully meet the needs of the people we serve.”
Additionally, in 2021, Koinonia received the Quality Assurance Accreditation by the Council of Quality Leadership (CQL). The three-year accreditation promotes excellence in person-centered services and support that leads to an increased quality of life.
Koinonia (coin-o-NEE-yah) is a leading 501(c)(3) organization in Northeast Ohio that provides residential services, day programs, and employment services to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Its service portfolio includes 20 licensed group homes and more than 50 supported living arrangements, as well as transportation services, shared living options, day care services, and vocational and employment services in safe and healthy settings. For more information, visit www.koinoniahomes.org.
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 of Rehabilitation Facilities, and now known as CARF, the accrediting body establishes consumer-focused standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their programs and services.