Aspire to Excellence
What is CARF Accreditation?
CARF, or the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, is an independent, nonprofit organization focused on advancing the quality of services used to meet the best possible outcomes. Providers that meet CARF’s rigorous standards have demonstrated their commitment to being among the best available.
The CARF accreditation process applies sets of standards to service areas and business practices during the on-site survey. Accreditation, however, is an ongoing process, signaling to the public that a service provider is committed to continuously improving services, encouraging feedback, and serving the community.
CARF-accredited service providers have applied CARF’s comprehensive set of standards for quality to their business and service delivery practices. This means that the center has demonstrated conformance to proven standards for business practices and are committed to continuous quality improvement. Each provider’s commitment to excellence is evaluated on site every three years for compliance and reaccreditation. Pee Dee Mental Health received their last three year accreditation award in November 2015. The Center will go through the reaccreditation process in November 2018.
We must first “Assess” to develop the foundation for organizational strategy. We must assess within the sphere of our influence, purpose, and location. We must assess as relates to the Mission and Vision of our organization. Finally we must assess how Pee Dee Mental Health Center fits into the social, economic, legal, regulatory, and political environments in which we operate.
Once we understand our environment and our organizational competencies, we can go about identifying opportunities, threats, and resources that make up strategic planning. Such planning establishes direction which allows us to achieve, sustain, and advance our organizational Mission.
Since we function in a service environment, our success can not be sustained without success for our clients and other stakeholders. Actively engaging them as part of our planning and service delivery, both through direct feedback and person-centered planning, is the best way to attain positive outcomes.
All of the greatest planning is lost if we do not or can not implement the plan. Implementation is the enactment of steps designed to achieve goals. We must enact ways to maximize resources and minimize risks in order to achieve desired outcomes.
To stay on track we must set goals or performance indicators against which to measure success. We must track performance in order to measure levels of achievement both individually and organizationally.
Why do all of this? To achieve a dynamic (rather than static) and proactive (rather than reactive) organization equipped to align purpose, practices, and resources.