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  • Behavioral Health

    With the rapid changes and advances in rehabilitation for mental health as well as alcohol and other addiction and substance abuse treatments, CARF's behavioral health standards reflect leadership in the field internationally.

    CARF accredits behavioral health programs, including:

    • Assertive Community Treatment
    • Assessment and Referral
    • Case Management/Services Coordination
    • Community Housing
    • Community Integration
    • Comprehensive Suicide Prevention Program
    • Court Treatment
    • Crisis and Information Call Centers
    • Crisis Intervention
    • Crisis Stabilization
    • Day Treatment
    • Detoxification/Withdrawal Support
    • Diversion/Intervention
    • Employee Assistance
    • Health Home
    • Inpatient Treatment
    • Integrated Behavioral Health/Primary Care
    • Intensive Family-Based Services
    • Intensive Outpatient Treatment
    • Out-of-Home Treatment
    • Outpatient Treatment
    • Partial Hospitalization
    • Prevention
    • Residential Treatment
    • Specialized or Treatment Foster Care
    • Student Counseling
    • Supported Living
    • Therapeutic Communities

    The following specific population designations may be added to a program:

    • Addictions Pharmacotherapy
    • Autism Spectrum Disorder
    • Children and Adolescents
    • Consumer-Run
    • Criminal Justice
    • Eating Disorders
    • Juvenile Justice
    • Medically Complex
    • Older Adults

    Programs covering community and employment services are also included in the behavioral health standards manual, section 5.

    Please refer to the program descriptionsNew window icon for further details on each program in the lists above.

    For more information on CARF behavioral health accreditation, please email, or call toll free (888) 281-6531. 

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  • Promising Practices newsletter

    Read the latest issue of the BH/CYS/OTP newsletter celebrating exemplary conformance to the standards:

    New school aims to impact both education and employment barriers (PDF).

    If you would like to be notified of new publications, subscribe to future issues.

  • New comprehensive suicide prevention program standards

    CARF convened an International Standards Advisory Committee (ISAC) in late 2016, and then conducted a field review in early 2017 to gather input for comprehensive suicide prevention program standards. Those standards have now been released in a standards manual supplement.

    Read the announcement: Suicide prevention standards address public health crisis.

    If you would like to be notified of future news releases, submit a news inquiries form.

  • On the airwaves for CARF

    Behavioral Health Managing Director Michael Johnson was interviewed by Mary Woods, CEO of WestBridge Community Services in New Hampshire. Michael spoke about the CARF standards for Behavioral Health during the one-hour broadcast. Recording below:

  • Level of Care Certification

    Learn more about Level of Care Certification. New window icon

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