The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) is one of the most trusted and respected accreditation bodies in the addiction treatment landscape. Founded in 1966 by Social and Rehabilitation Services commissioner Mary E. Switzer, CARF is an international nonprofit designed to modernize, innovate and affect positive change in various areas of healthcare, including behavioral health treatment, by providing stringent, patient-focused standards of quality and service.
Drug and alcohol addiction has reached epic proportions in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that more than 72,000 Americans died of overdoses in 2017, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reports that over 20 million Americans and counting are in need of quality treatment.
Despite this growing epidemic, there remains an acute lack of quality and accessible treatment resources. Organizations like CARF are an enduring and committed advocate for those who need the highest level of care for their substance use disorder.
If you or your loved one is seeking treatment for substance use disorder, you want to know that the facility you’re choosing offers the highest level of quality and is fully equipped to treat your specific condition. CARF-accreditation represents a baseline of quality and endorsement from a trusted and reputable organization. Although it’s an independent organization, CARF is affiliated with the Department of Health and Human Services, which provides an extra layer of oversight of the organizations charged with your care.
CARF continuously works with accredited treatment providers to improve the quality of life for you and your loved ones. In a climate in which relapse rates are between 40 and 60 percent, according to research from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), these extra protections are invaluable.
Alcohol and drug rehab services cover a wide array of clinical, behavioral, and lifestyle areas. CARF provides accreditation for a wide range of these services, including:
CARF also accredits a full range of general treatment services not related to substance use disorder.
The CARF accreditation process for alcohol and drug rehab programs relies on a stringent set of criteria to ensure and uphold the highest levels of care.
The steps to CARF accreditation for drug and alcohol rehab organizations include:
After the final report is issued, the provider must indicate commitment to improving the deficits outlined in the report by submitting a quality improvement plan. Following the creation and submission of the plan, the provider must submit regularly reports throughout the year documenting additional improvements it has made to improve compliance.
CARF offers an intuitive and user-friendly search tool to help you or your loved one find an accredited provider. Whether you’re looking for medically supervised detox and withdrawal management, different types of behavioral rehab, intervention and outreach, or any other type of addiction-related behavioral health service, this tool will help you find the best and most accessible treatment resources in your state. Users have a variety of search tools at their disposal, including parameters like program type, city, age, country, and more. Users can also search for specialized population to help specific groups find treatment. CARF has made the process very easy.
You or your loved one doesn’t have to fight substance use disorder alone. Organizations like CARF exist for the express purpose of helping you find the best and most intuitive care available for your drug or alcohol addiction. If you’re worried about paying for treatment, your employer-based health insurance may be able to help. The sooner you get help for addiction, the sooner you can reclaim your health, your dignity, and your quality of life.
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