CARF Accessibility Planning

Robert Johnson - Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Three Important factors related to Accessibility to be aware of for accreditation:  ..

Organizational Person-Centered Philosophy

Robert Johnson - Friday, May 27, 2011

Overview:  The CARF standard that requires a “person-centered” philosophy be demonstrated by leadership and personnel, that the philosophy guide service delivery, and the philosophy is communicated to stakeholders in an understandable manner," was first published in the ASPIRE 1.A. Leadership subsection in all 2010-2011 CARF standard manuals. ..

About Required "Written Procedures"

Robert Johnson - Thursday, April 28, 2011

When discussing an administrative or clinical process with an organization, I am often asked: “Does CARF require us have something written for how we do that?” The question implies that deciding whether or not writing down the steps and/or sequence of how something is to be done somehow rests on whether or not writing it down is required by CARF. What the question tends to ignore is the worth of having “how we do things around here” clearly outlined in written procedures. ..

CARF Standards: Change Happens

Robert Johnson - Monday, March 28, 2011

Life is a process. We are a process. The universe is a process.”  -- Anne Wilson Schaef ..

Six Important Factors for Meeting the CARF Health and Safety Standards

Robert Johnson - Saturday, January 08, 2011

1.      Safety emergency procedures should be clear and as simple as possible. Don’t complicate your procedures. The longer they are, the less likely they will be followed. Stick with the basics. ..

The Strategic Plan: Six Essential Components for a CARF Survey

Robert Johnson - Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Below are six suggested components supportive of meeting CARF strategic integrated planning standards. ..

Successful Stakeholder Input Surveys

Robert Johnson - Wednesday, October 13, 2010

A key element of successful CARF accreditation is generating input from your organization's stakeholders (program participants, employees, family members, referral sources, etc.) and using the input to increase quality of services and your financial bottom line. ..

The Culturally Competent Provider

Robert Johnson - Thursday, July 29, 2010

A provider’s level of cultural competency is a critical component in determining the level of service outcomes for persons seeking care.  The process of increasing a service provider’s cultural competency involves awareness of institutional and personal biases, knowledge of the dimensions of culture, and development of skills based on the increased awareness and obtained knowledge.  ..

Critical Incidents and Performance Improvement

Robert Johnson - Monday, June 14, 2010

When the focus of a critical incident is on the person who is identified with, or as the problem, there is a tendency to try to fix the person instead of resolving the problem.” ..

How to Choose a CARF Consultant

Robert Johnson - Monday, April 05, 2010

I typically speak with ten to fifteen people a month who are seeking assistance with CARF accreditation.  The majority of the conversations are spent assisting individuals with defining their organization’s needs and determining what type of assistance they are seeking.  On more occasions than not, inquires about my qualifications (knowledge, education, and experience) are not initiated by the interested party, yet they are willing to begin the consultation process. The majority of these folks tend to be in pressured situations, such as a state accreditation mandate threatening the existence of their business, and seem willing to move forward without doing their due diligence. In the interest of assisting those of you who are seeking assistance with CARF accreditation, the following is a list of factors that a consumer of such services should consider when making a decision about hiring a consultant, and/or purchasing accreditation resources and materials. ..