CARF International surveyors and providers interviewed about the value of accreditation.
"The fact that every survey I do reaffirms that the process works, that it is focused on quality improvement, and that it truly gets to the level of making sure quality services are provided.
"The process is...You'll find it rewarding. You'll find that it brings your staff together. Again, working from a common sense of purpose, there's absolutely no reason not to go through the CARF accreditation process.
"What happens is you've got excellent support. It's a ton of work, but I will tell you the end result is absolutely worth it. It transformed my organization. We're at a point now where we have no wait lists for service, and it's created a level of efficiency and, more importantly, effectiveness in how we work with children and families.
"In my experience, the organizations I've worked with and the organizations I've surveyed, is everybody always gets a return on their investment. And not to let the cost intimidate you or influence you, but realize that you will get more than your money's worth from going through the CARF survey process.
"Really what CARF allows you to do is it allows you to join the organizations that, in my opinion, are innovators and leaders in the field. So what it does is that it just takes you to the next level. So don't be afraid; come and join the leadership circle."http://www.carf.org