What is accreditation?
Accrediation is the process that demonstrates a provider has met standards for the quality of its services. CARF International* establishes these standards to guide providers in offering their services and also uses the standards to evaluate how well a provider is serving people and how it can improve.
What is a survey
As a step toward accreditation, a provider invites CARF International to send a team of professionals, called surveyors, to visit its site and evaluate its serices for quality. The surveyors consult with staff members and interview people who use the provider's services. Based on the surveyors review, the provider may be awarded accreditation for term of one or three year for CARF accreditation and five years for CARF-CCAC accreditation. In some cases, the provider may need to improve its services before it can become accredited.