The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) is an
international, non-profit organization with offices in the United States,
Europe and Canada. CARF accreditation could be considered the
equivalent to Joint Commission certification.
CARF’s funding comes from its 48-member in-house International Advisory
Council (IAC), which includes everyone from AARP and Aetna to the
National Council for Behavioral Health. The IAC also provides expert
guidance on the development of CARF standards and offers valuable input
on all issues affecting fields in which CARF offers accreditation.
In short, CARF provides accreditation standards and surveyors for a wide
range of global human-services organizations, including those who operate
opioid treatment programs. It is in this capacity that ALEF works with and is
accredited by CARF.
CARF accreditation helps health service providers improve the quality of
their programs and services, as well as to meet internationally recognized
organizational and operational standards. Accreditation, however, is an
ongoing process. And as such it ensures a health service provider is fully
committed to continually improving services and serving the community.
CARF has been recognized by Presidents Ford, Carter, Reagan and Bush,
as well as the Substance Abuse and Mental Administration (SAMHSA) and
the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT). Both SAMHSA and
CSAT consider CARF to be an approved accrediting organization for
Opioid Treatment Providers (OTPs).