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2509, 2020

How to Choose a CARF Consultant

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I typically speak with ten to fifteen people a month who are seeking assistance with CARF accreditation.  The majority of the conversations are spent assisting individuals with defining their organization’s needs and determining what type of assistance they are seeking.  On more occasions than not, inquires about my qualifications (knowledge, education, [...]

2509, 2020

The Culturally Competent Provider

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A provider’s level of cultural competency is a critical component in determining the level of service outcomes for persons seeking care.  The process of increasing a service provider’s cultural competency involves awareness of institutional and personal biases, knowledge of the dimensions of culture, and development of skills based on the [...]

2509, 2020

Successful Stakeholder Input Surveys

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A key element of successful CARF accreditation is generating input from your organization's stakeholders (program participants, employees, family members, referral sources, etc.) and using the input to increase quality of services and your financial bottom line. Stakeholder surveys are a foundational component of the input process. Below are some tips [...]

2509, 2020

The Strategic Plan: Six Essential Components for a CARF Survey

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Below are six suggested components supportive of meeting CARF strategic integrated planning standards. 1.  A written strategic plan.  As per standard #3 in the strategic planning standards. Its gotta be written folks! 2. A strategic plan that is reflective of what the surveyors are seeing and hearing during the survey. [...]

2509, 2020

Six Important Factors for Meeting the CARF Health and Safety Standards

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1. Safety emergency procedures should be clear and as simple as possible. Don’t complicate your procedures. The longer they are, the less likely they will be followed. Stick with the basics. 2. Organized and up-to-date documentation of all safety requirements is very important. You can put yourself in a big [...]

2509, 2020

CARF Standards: Change Happens

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“Life is a process. We are a process. The universe is a process.”  -- Anne Wilson Schaef Them Changes I use the above quote to answer a question I often get: “Why are the CARF standards always changing?” Contrary to the belief of some folks that the standards are changed [...]

2509, 2020

About Required “Written Procedures”

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When discussing an administrative or clinical process with an organization, I am often asked: “Does CARF require us have something written for how we do that?” The question implies that deciding whether or not writing down the steps and/or sequence of how something is to be done somehow rests on [...]

2509, 2020

Organizational Person-Centered Philosophy

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Overview:  The CARF standard that requires a “person-centered” philosophy be demonstrated by leadership and personnel, that the philosophy guide service delivery, and the philosophy is communicated to stakeholders in an understandable manner," was first published in the ASPIRE 1.A. Leadership subsection in all 2010-2011 CARF standard manuals. Although the majority [...]

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