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The CARF Connection blog, previously distributed in the form of a newsletter, provides timely tips, resources, and updates about CARF accreditation, business practices, and related matters. Learn about current trends in the fields that CARF accredits, improving services, and the latest CARF news.

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1/19/2018

What the loss of Tyler Hilinski teaches us about the vital, ongoing conversation around suicide

On Tuesday, January 16, Tyler Hilinski, the starting quarterback for the Washington State Cougars football team, lost his life to suicide. His death leaves family, teammates, classmates, and many other members of the community in a state of deep pain. Tyler was not someone most would have imagined was dealing with a behavioral health issue. He was young, intelligent, and a star Division-1 athlete. These facts underscore a major misconception about suicide.

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1/3/2018

The Sweden Story

In 1996, Lund University Hospital in Sweden became the first organization outside North America with a CARF-accredited program. Since then, the organization has restructured into Skåne University Hospital. The organization is preparing for its seventh accreditation survey in early summer of 2018. 

Already one of the largest rehabilitation medicine clinics in Scandinavia, what makes Skåne University continuously committed to CARF accreditation?

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11/8/2017

Tending to business in human services

Standards for business practices in health and human services are robust and forward-looking in the CARF model. However, this important area can be underemphasized or overlooked entirely by other accreditors. David Wilber, executive director of Diversified Enterprises and long-time CARF surveyor, witnessed the difference in results and volunteered his perspective for the white paper Developing sophisticated systems for success, recently published by BB&T Capital Markets. In the following article, Wilber describes his path to understanding how CARF is a differentiator for organizations seeking to survive, compete, and thrive in this increasingly complex service arena.

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9/1/2017

Message from CARF CEO regarding Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

We at CARF are deeply concerned about the many lives affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, natural disasters of significant scope and scale.

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8/23/2017

Where CARF surveyors come from

We spoke with three former CARF surveyors who are now CARF staff members. They shared some interesting context on themselves and why they first got into surveying

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7/11/2017

Hope in the hallways:

Halfway into the 1971 classic film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Gene Wilder, wearing an orange top hat and oversized bow tie, excitedly shows off a special wall covered in fruit-decorated wallpaper. “Lick a pineapple,” he implores. “It tastes like a pineapple. Try some more! The snozzberries taste like snozzberries!” While snozzberries and lickable wallpaper are the stuff of fiction, the interactive wonderland of Wonka’s chocolate factory is not far from reality at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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6/7/2017

Better outcomes through consumer feedback: A spotlight on China

Gathering consumer feedback with uSPEQ survey tools has been gaining traction within hospitals across China over the past two years. It is part of a larger quality improvement groundswell happening in the country.

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4/12/2017

Dolphin Assisted Psychotherapy: An adjunct to evidence-based treatment for substance abuse disorders

Hawaii Island Recovery utilizes a resident pod of wild, free-swimming Spinner dolphins to create meaningful experiences for their clients receiving treatment for addiction. Program Director and Experiential Therapist, Eliza Wille, shares how she combined her master’s degree in psychology and years-long interest and research in cetaceans to develop this unique program.

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3/23/2017

The essential philosophy of serving youth with diverse SOGIE (Part 2 of 2)

4 practices to develop a SOGIE-literate culture: CARF spoke with Los Angeles Youth Network (LAYN), about what it does to create and maintain a SOGIE-conscious culture. CEO Mark Supper identified four cultural competency practices that help LAYN stay inclusive of diverse SOGIE.

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3/21/2017

The essential philosophy of serving youth with diverse SOGIE (Part 1 of 2)

In this case study, we follow a youth named Adam through his decision to come out as transgender, the resulting trauma and homelessness, and the services provided to get him on a path to success. The challenges he experienced were a direct result of his gender identity and new expression of it. Valuing that part of his identity was an important element in creating a service environment for him to succeed.

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