Our holistic, person-centered quality framework of standards reflects leadership in the field internationally through the promotion and advancement of programs and services for integrated behavioral health, mental health, substance use disorders/addictions, psychosocial rehabilitation, and family services.
What we accredit
Standards for the following types of programs/services are in the Behavioral Health (BH) Standards Manual:
Specific population designations
Accreditation for CCBHCs
A Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) is a form of provider within the U.S., established by the Excellence in Mental Health Act. CCBHCs are designed to provide whole-person care by integrating physical health with a comprehensive range of mental health and substance use disorder services to vulnerable individuals.
The SAMHSA 2023 Criteria for CCBHCs encourages states to require accreditation by an independent accrediting body. CARF has converted the SAMHSA criteria into ratable standards for the purpose of accreditation.
The standards are available in the 2024 Behavioral Health Standards Manual when CCBHC is surveyed along with other accreditation programs and in the 2024 CCBHC Standards Manual when CCBHC is the only program surveyed.
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The Managing Director
Michael Johnson is a certified addictions professional with more than 30 years of experience as a clinician, manager, and executive working in mental health, substance abuse, and intellectual disabilities.