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    Occasionally standards are introduced or updated between printings of standards manuals or are developed specifically to be used as a supplement to the program sections of all CARF standards manuals, unless otherwise specified.

    To identify a primary standards manual, please review the program descriptions, then call CARF at (888) 281-6531 for consultation to identify which standards manual you should order as your primary manual.

    The following standards are available as complimentary PDF downloads:

    • 2017 CARF Standards Manual Supplement for Comprehensive Suicide Prevention Programs — For surveys between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018. This supplement is intended to be used in conjunction with the 2017 Behavioral Health Standards Manual and contains standards and survey preparation questions applicable for comprehensive suicide prevention programs.

    • 2017 CARF Standards Manual Supplement for Networks — For surveys between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018. A network is a legal entity that contracts with two or more organizations that deliver health and human services to persons served (“participating providers”) to coordinate functions between or on behalf of the participating providers. This supplement contains standards and survey preparation questions applicable to network administration and participating providers in the network.
    • 2017 Standards Workbook for Unaccredited Participating Providers — Service delivery networks that are seeking CARF’s Network accreditation can use this workbook for their quality review of participating providers that are not accredited by CARF or another nationally or internationally recognized accreditation organization. The workbook includes applicable standards with questions to guide providers in demonstrating conformance, appendices for required written documentation and operational time lines, and the CARF glossary.

    • 2017 Standards Manual Supplement Employment Services Centre in Canada — For surveys between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018. The design of an Employment Services Centre (ESC) is results oriented and focused on the employment and career development goals of the job seeker.

    • DMEPOS standards — To participate in the Medicare Part B program, a DMEPOS supplier must be accredited by an organization deemed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). CARF is approved by CMS as a national deeming authority. Please visit for more information.

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