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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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Addressing social determinants with higher standards

Social determinants of health (SDH) are the conditions in which people live, work, and age and include factors like housing stability, employment status, geographic location, education, and other socioeconomic circumstances. SDH, often determined by distribution of wealth and resources, has proven responsible for inequities in healthcare and has become its biggest cost-driver.



Alternatives to opioids, continued: The Community Integration Pain Rehabilitation model

Using options like acupuncture, physical fitness, pottery, and more within an organized community-based program can help people reduce reliance on opioids



Alternatives to opioids, continued: Understanding the nature of pain

In October, we highlighted some emerging medtech options that may help reduce reliance on opioids for pain management. Next in our series on pain management in the context of the current opioid crisis, we examine the deeper issue of the nature of pain itself.



Elevating social work

By CARF International

The CARF Connection blog often discusses integrative services and ways to approach a person in a holistic way. In other words, we focus on many of the things that social workers have been advocating since the era of Jane Addams in the 1890s. It is no wonder that CARF’s workforce is teeming with social work professionals.

This March, CARF joins the National Association of Social Workers in celebrating social workers.



Answering your questions about methadone

Answers to 7 frequently asked questions about methadone. Is methadone an opioid? How does methadone work? What is methadone used for? Find the answers here.



Q&A: Talking about office-based opioid treatment programs

By CARF International

CARF invited Flora Sadri to share more about the office-based opioid treatment (OBOT) setting and the need for a centralized quality framework. Flora Sadri participated in the International Standards Advisory Committee that crafted CARF’s new OBOT standards.



Your health literacy: 5 ways to be your own best advocate

By CARF International

With healthcare information more widely available than ever, consumers are boosting their health literacy, taking the initiative to educate themselves more thoroughly on how to take care of themselves. Here are some suggestions for taking control of your own health literacy.



3 examples of outcomes management systems in action

By CARF International

CARF shares best practices related to outcomes management through its standards. To complement that effort, here are some recent field examples of outcomes systems’ improving performance.



After years of stigma, the conversation around methadone has long needed change

By CARF International

The way we talk about methadone often does not communicate the treatment offerings and efficacy of Opioid Treatment Programs. It’s time we update public perceptions



Medication-assisted treatment offers options for people with opioid addiction

By CARF International

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is the term for the combination of counseling and behavioral therapy with FDA-approved medications to treat substance use disorders (SUD). Over the past few years, MAT has become a broad term that describes how medication can support a person’s recovery from SUD. However, due largely to America’s opioid epidemic, MAT is mostly known to the public as it relates to the recovery of people with opioid use disorder (OUD).


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