SPRINGFIELD — The Center for Human Development (CHD) announced it has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), an organization that reviews and grants accreditation services nationally and internationally.
CARF is an independent, nonprofit organization focused on ensuring people receive high-quality services from other organizations. CARF also provides consultation to organizations so they can improve their delivery of services. Accreditation means CHD has passed an in-depth review of its services and has met CARF’s rigorous standards through an on-site survey.
Other benefits of accreditation include:
• Identification as an organization meeting internationally developed quality standards;
• Assurance that CHD meets internally accepted standards;
• Assurance to funding sources, referral agencies, payers, regulators, and other providers of the quality of programs and services provided;
• Guidance for responsible management that promotes active, dynamic planning focused on positive outcomes, impact, and organizational development;
• Enhanced safety and risk management;
• Increased funding and reimbursement opportunities; and
• Practices that demonstrate accountability, person-centered service delivery, teamwork, networking, and ongoing professional development.
CHD has been accredited in the following program areas during its first application: AMH Springfield, Holyoke, Hartford, Conn., and Waterbury, Conn.; DDS programs; and all OBHS clinics. Other programs will be accredited in time.