What Is CARF?

CARF, the Commission on Accreditation of Rehab Facilities, is a privately owned, nonprofit organization that promotes and protects the quality of rehabilitation services worldwide. CARF establishes standards of quality for rehabilitation organizations to use as guidelines, and uses the standards to determine how well a specific organization is serving consumers and areas in which it can improve. These standards are developed based predominantly on consumer feedback, and are reviewed and redeveloped annually.

How To Become CARF Accredited

In order to be CARF accredited, a rehabilitation provider must pass an in-depth review of services. The Commission is extremely strict, and will not hand out an accreditation to any facility – the rehab must demonstrate their commitment to being the best available while upholding uncompromised international standards. Standards are extensive, and clearly identify areas for growth and improvement in the satisfaction of patients, the quality of service delivery, and the ultimate service outcome. Once the provider has met the rigorous CARF guidelines for service and quality, they must apply to be officially accredited. Most rehabilitation programs are not. We at the Hope Center for Rehabilitation are – and we say so with pride.

The standards that CARF holds all accreditors have been developed over the course of 40 years by an international team of service providers, patients, patient families, and policy makers. Standards are also submitted to the public for review, proving that these guidelines take every opinion into careful consideration. Recent data from the CARF website shows that more than 8.3 million individuals are served on a yearly basis by somewhere around 6000 CARF-accredited rehabilitation centers across the globe. As an accredited facility, we have dedicated ourselves completely to the overall betterment of the community. Our priority is providing the best service possible in the best way possible, and treating each client on a highly individualized basis to ensure a dramatic positive change by the end of his or her stay. It is crucial that the treatment facility you or your loved one is thinking of seeking help from is accredited – be sure to research extensively before making any major, life-changing decisions.