Why CARF Accredited Treatment Centers Matter

CARF accreditation is the best way to ensure that you’re providing the highest quality of care. We hold ourselves to the highest standard in regard to not only our facilities and treatment programs, but also our standing in the state and country.

When you’re looking for a treatment center for addiction services, it’s important to find one that carries the appropriate accreditation. While it’s not likely that just anyone would hang out a shingle and tout their addiction recovery services, not every addiction treatment center will be the right fit for all individuals in need of such services. That’s a big reason why addiction treatment center accreditation matters. But there are many more aspects to treatment center accreditation and why it’s important.

What CARF Accredited Means and Why It's Important

When buying a car, many people look to Consumer Reports as the last word on quality, cost and consumer satisfaction. Or, when seeking a new physician, they carefully examine the doctor’s credentials, board certification, hospital affiliation, experience and specializations. When considering an addiction treatment center, how do you evaluate the different available options? Where do you look to determine which providers may offer the highest quality services? The answer is CARF International.

CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) is considered the gold standard, the premiere accrediting body for rehabilitation programs. Facilities that are CARF accredited must meet stringent international standards. The most interesting thing about CARF, however, is that it is a voluntary accreditation. This means that organizations seeking CARF accreditation spend their own time, money and efforts to undergo the in-depth assessment and review that the organization demands. Why do all this when drug abuse and alcohol programs are not required by law to be accredited?

“That’s simple,” says Susie Hopson, co-owner and Director of Admissions at New Method Wellness. “It’s the best way to ensure that you’re providing the highest quality of care for your clients. Basically, by being a CARF accredited treatment center it assures our clients that New Method Wellness is an addiction treatment center that values them so much that it has voluntarily agreed to adhere to vigorous standards and has opened our rehab center in California up to intense scrutiny.”

Of note is that the CARF philosophy and New Method Wellness’ approach to care are remarkably similar. Hopson explains, “At its core, CARF is an advocacy program to ensure that the client remains at the center of the drug and alcohol program’s focus. It mandates that the persons served are key members of the treatment team and that they take an active role in their recovery.” The same is true with New Method Wellness. 

New Method Wellness is committed to delivering high quality services to our clients. We are equally committed to maintaining a high level of quality standards for business practice. We are proud to demonstrate this commitment by achieving a three-year CARF accreditation for our residential and outpatient drug abuse and alcohol programs.

When it comes to choosing the right addiction treatment facility, accreditation matters – a great deal. Recovery treatment centers that carry accreditation have demonstrated an ongoing commitment to continuing improvement in the highest quality standards and to focusing on customer satisfaction. While there are no guarantees that treatment will be successful for everyone, the fact that the organization adheres to internationally-accepted quality standards is a sign that clients can expect the very best in professional care and a commitment to helping them achieve the hoped-for outcome: recovery.

What is CARF International?

CARF International is an independent, nonprofit accreditor of health and human services providers in the areas of Aging Services, Behavioral Health, Child and Youth Services, Durable Medical Equipment, Employment and Community Services, Medical Rehabilitation, Opioid Treatment Programs, and Vision Rehabilitation Services.

Programs and services that are CARF accredited have demonstrated their conformance to internationally recognized standards for service delivery. They have demonstrated their commitment to continuous quality improvement and a consumer-driven focus.

Persons served play an active and vital role in the CARF accreditation process, from helping to develop the international performance standards to giving input on the quality of services they receive. Through accreditation, providers demonstrate their belief that all people have the right to be treated with dignity and respect, have access to needed services that achieve optimum outcomes, and are empowered to exercise informed choice. New Method Wellness is pleased to join CARF in this mission.

For more information about CARF International, the standards, or the accreditation process, visit CARF.org.