By Frank Lewis
October 19, 2013
PDT Staff Writer
The Scioto County Board of Developmental Disabilities (SCBDD) recently received confirmation of achieving a three-year accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). Jim Krumer, SCBDD superintendent, said accreditation is a sign of excellence that sets an organization apart for providers and individuals seeking quality in their choice of services.
“This is a substantial achievement,” Krumer said. “This means that we are providing the highest quality of services to our community.”
CARF is an international accreditation service that focuses on health and human service providers’ quality results. Achieving accreditation means assurance to individuals, their families and the public that an organization is continually focusing on providing the highest quality of services. SCBDD has received a three-year accreditation for employment supports, job development and transition services. Founded in 1966 as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, CARF International is an independent, nonprofit accreditor of health and human services in areas such as aging services, behavioral health, opoid treatment programs, business and services management networks, child and youth services, employment and community services, vision rehabilitation, medical rehabilitation and others.
The CARF family of organizations currently accredits close to 50,000 programs and services at more than 22,000 locations. More than 8 million persons of all ages are served annually by more than 6,500 CARF-accredited service providers.
“We began this process to see if what we were doing was in line with the standards set forth by CARF,” Krumer said. “Going through CARF Accreditation requires looking at our procedures, our services and our own processes. We are very honored to know that we are going in the right direction.”
SCBDD had received a one-year accreditation in 2012. SCBDD has implemented an on-going quality assurance process to maintain and exceed CARF’s standards for all programs and will seek accreditation for more programing over the next few years.
“This isn’t a one-time deal,” Krumer said, “We plan to continue to focus these high standards and use process improvement techniques to hopefully begin setting forth some best practice models for the rest of the state. I am very proud of the staff and all the hard work they continue to put in on making us one of the best organizations for those we serve.”
The impact of the achievement is felt in the lives of those served by the SCBDD.
“This achievement is an indication of your organization’s dedication and commitment to improving the quality of the lives of the persons served. Services, personnel and documentation clearly indication an established patter of practice excellence,” Brian Boon, president and CEO of CARF International, said.
Boon also commented that CARF will recognize the accomplishments of SCBDD on a nationwide database.
“We commend you on your commitment and consistent efforts to improve the quality of your services,” he said.
For more information on opportunities available for individuals with developmental disabilities, you can visit them on the web at www.sciotodd.org, like them on Facebook at Scioto County Board of DD or follow them on Twitter @SciotoDD.
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