Why do your products focus on the Section One ASPIRE standards?

All CARF Manuals (Aging Services, Behavioral Health, Opioid Treatment, Medical Rehabilitation, Employment and Community Services, and Children and Youth Service) contain Section One: ASPIRE standards. These standards focus on the business functions and practices and apply to all accredited organizations.

  • Service Delivery Functions
    Organizations seeking CARF accreditation have typically conformed to clinical guidelines (screening, assessment, treatment planning, discharge planning, etc.) either required by state governments, insurance companies, and/or practices that have been common in the field of health care for many years. Preparing for accreditation to meet the clinical standards tends to be a “tweaking” process for the majority of organizations.

  • Business Functions
    On the other hand, most of the business functions of organizations have originated from the business management style (or orientation) of ownership, which can vary greatly between organizations. The CARF ASPIRE standards require a shift in how most organizations typically operate. These standards require business practices based on a “performance improvement” model.

  • The Bottom Line
    Integration of the ASPIRE standards, which significantly impact an organization’s business practices, require (for the majority of organizations) a significant shift in how you operate. This shift requires education, training, and resources to support the transition. Thus, Accreditation Readiness focuses heavily on the ASPIRE standards when supporting organizations in their accreditation process, in addition to providing clinical tools and resources.