CARF International Board of Directors elects Donald Dew as Chair

Dew brings decades of experience from distinguished career in behavioral health and employment and community services The CARF International Board of Directors elected Donald Dew as Board Chair. His one-year term began on January 1, 2022. Dew has been involved with CARF governance previously, having been elected an At-Large Trustee and serving from 1995 until…

CARF medical rehabilitation director honored by ACRM and AMRPA

Chris MacDonell receives both Coulter Award and National Leadership Excellence Award The American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) awarded Chris MacDonell, CARF International’s managing director of medical rehabilitation and international aging services/medical rehabilitation, with the 2019 John Stanley Coulter Award. As the award recipient, Chris will present the award plenary, An Around the World Perspective: Moving…

CARF managing director honored with ACRM Gold Key Award

Following distinguished career in medical rehabilitation, Christine MacDonell receives highest honor given by ACRM. The American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) awarded Christine MacDonell, CARF International’s recently retired managing director of medical rehabilitation and international aging services/medical rehabilitation, with the 2021 Gold Key Award in recognition of her lifetime achievements. This award was established in 1932 as…

Terry Carolan brings more than two decades of field experience to medical rehabilitation managing director role

Following more than 20 years in the field of medical rehabilitation as an administrator, provider, and educator, Terrence Carolan has accepted an appointment as managing director of medical rehabilitation for CARF International beginning August 30. Carolan will join CARF staff after working in clinical and administrative leadership positions within Select Medical’s Inpatient Rehabilitation Division and…

Jed Johnson, CARF’s Managing Director of Aging Services, joins task force to lead senior living response to COVID-19

Industry thought leaders and key stakeholders convened on May 27 and 28 to chart a path forward for North America’s senior living industry. CARF International’s Managing Director of Aging Services Jed Johnson, MSW, MBA, joined more than 160 industry thought leaders to provide guidance for communities throughout North America as they prepare to emerge from…

CARF significantly expands technology guidelines

The technology standards updates are published in the ASPIRE to Excellence® section of all CARF 2019 standards manuals From portals and apps to electronic health records to firewall and malware protection, technology is increasingly vital to modern health and human services. It can expand an organization’s ability to provide services and increase consumers’ access to them….

CARF adds screening for suicide risk to its assessment standards

Suicide risk screening requirement added to 2019 Behavioral Health and Opioid Treatment Program Standards Manuals. Data show that a large number of people who die by suicide had prior contact with the behavioral healthcare system. As part of a society-wide suicide intervention and prevention strategy, the need for evidence-based universal screening within behavioral healthcare settings…

New CARF standards address variability of care in office-based opioid treatment settings

More than 170 advisory council participants and field review respondents provided feedback to create the first national best-practice framework. A new medication-assisted treatment (MAT) setting, called an office-based opioid treatment (OBOT) program, has arisen in recent years in response to the growing opioid epidemic. OBOT programs offer treatment solely for people with opioid use disorder…