CARF Accreditation

What is CARF Accreditation?

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CARF_GoldSeal CARF Accreditation – The seal of quality service

Find out all you need to know about the CARF accreditation. Understand the difference between a facility with CARF accreditation and the one without.

The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, CARF is an independent, nonprofit organization with a focus on advancing the quality of services in health and human services. These health and human services range from child and youth services to aging services to opioid treatment. CARF is an accrediting body meaning that a CARF-accredited service provider has applied the CARF set of standards for quality to their business and service delivery practices. CARF International provides a framework, then consults and advises health and human service organizations to help improve their service quality. CARF has been an approved accreditation provider for opioid treatment programs providing outpatient, residential, and detox services since 2001 and has been an accrediting body as a whole since 1966.

What is the CARF Accreditation process?

CARF accreditation can be quite a lengthy process – 9-12 months for first-time applicants; however, because of the time required to complete, it demonstrates the facility’s commitment to continually enhance the quality of services and programs offered. It begins with the service provider completing an internal examination of its programs and business practices. Then CARF sends a team of expert practitioners to complete an on-site survey of the service provider. During that on-site survey, the service provider must demonstrate that it conforms to the rigorous and internationally recognized CARF standards.

CARF accreditation consists of ongoing consultation and in-depth on-site reviews to help a CARF-accredited service provider achieve the highest quality of care for their customers. Accreditation demonstrates that the organization has opened its service delivery and business processes to outside scrutiny to improve the quality of their programs.

Following the on-site survey, the CARF presents a written report for the CARF-accredited service provider which includes strengths and areas for improvement. Throughout accreditation, the facility is required to keep the CARF updated on the status of the improvements that are being made, particularly if there are areas for improvements in the written report.

What does CARF accreditation mean for the public?

For those being served, CARF accreditation means that the CARF-accredited service provider is committed to reducing risk, addressing health and safety concerns, respecting preferences of individuals (cultural or otherwise) and providing the best quality of care possible. It also shows that the accredited organization values the feedback and input of their clients and is accountable to the community. Accreditation demonstrates that a CARF-accredited service provider has made a specific commitment to put the needs of their residents at the center of everything they do and that they respect the rights and individuality of its clients.

Update 7/14/2015

Ocean Hills Recovery has officially been accredited by CARF International, receiving some of the highest honors available, including a maximum length term (3 years). Ocean Hills Recovery was also accredited having received no recommendations, meaning they were in full compliance and no improvements need be made, which is a notation less than 3% of all facilities receive.

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Nicole earned her doctoral degree in Psychology with an emphasis on marriage and family therapy at California School of Professional Psychology. Her doctoral thesis was a grounded theory study exploring the role of alienation and connectedness in the life course of addiction. She specializes in treating addiction and trauma. She is certified in DBT and EMDR, two of the most highly regarded evidence-based methods in psychotherapy. Dr. Doss is a strong LGBT advocate and provides open and affirming support to her LGBT clients.

Dr. Doss’s earlier education included graduating cum laude from the University of California, Irvine in June of 2007 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. While there, she received honors recognition by Psi Chi and Golden Key honor societies.

Nicole has been working with alcoholics and addicts in our California drug and alcohol rehab center as an advisor and counselor for many years. She is passionate about providing quality counseling and care to her clients. Her main focus is on integrating the 12 Step and disease models of addiction with experiential therapeutic theory. She is married to Greg; they have two adorable sons together and an energetic yellow Labrador Retriever.