CARF's Mission, Vision, Core Values & Purposes


Publication: 2013-07-13



Name:Owen Ambur


Name:Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities


Who we are -- Founded in 1966 as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, CARF International is an independent, nonprofit accreditor of health and human services in the following areas: * Aging Services * Behavioral Health * Opioid Treatment Programs * Business and Services Management Networks * Child and Youth Services * Employment and Community Services * Vision Rehabilitation * Medical Rehabilitation * DMEPOS (Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies) The CARF family of organizations currently accredits close to 50,000 programs and services at more than 22,000 locations. More than 8 million persons of all ages are served annually by more than 6,500 CARF-accredited service providers. CARF accreditation extends to countries in North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa.


  • CARF Board of DirectorsStructure of CARF -- Eleven elected members of the CARF Board of Directors approve policies regarding standards development and the accreditation process and fiscal matters governing the operation of CARF. The board's composition reflects individuals whose expertise, experience, and perspectives are invaluable to CARF's business interests and success:

  • Kayda JohnsonBoard Chair, Solana Beach, California

  • Susanne M. Bruyère, Ph.D., CRCIthaca, New York

  • Thomas J. Buckley, Ed.D.Hollywood, Florida

  • Karen ChastainScottsdale, Arizona

  • Richard ForkoshManchester, Missouri

  • Marvin MashnerWest Point, Pennsylvania

  • Paul Nathenson, RN, NDLincoln, Nebraska

  • D. Sharon OsborneSeattle, Washington

  • Robert H. ShortSalt Lake City, Utah

  • Sherry WheelockClermont, Florida

  • Herb Zaretsky, Ph.D.New York City, New York

  • CARF CanadaCARF Canada is governed by a board of directors:

  • Brian J. BoonBoard Chair, Ph.D., Tucson, Arizona

  • H. Stanley Eichenauer, M.S.W., M.Div.Dayton, Ohio

  • International Advisory Council (IAC)CARF also benefits from national associations and individuals joining together in support of the value of accreditation through membership in the International Advisory Council (IAC). These member associations and individuals represent a broad range of expertise and specialties. They support CARF's mission, vision, core values, and purposes by providing input on standards and related matters... International Advisory Council The International Advisory Council (IAC) creates a partnership for CARF and IAC members to promote quality in human services and enhance the lives of persons served. The IAC is a forum for its members to provide guidance and input into standards development and the accreditation process and also provide insight on issues affecting the fields in which CARF provides accreditation services. CARF's IAC represents a broad spectrum of stakeholders, including persons served, providers, and professionals, in the health and human services field. IAC members support CARF's mission, purposes, values, and vision. CARF is pleased to include the following organizations as members of IAC:

  • AARP

  • American Academy of Neurology

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

  • American Academy of Pain Medicine

  • American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

  • American Congress of Community Supports and Employment Services

  • American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine

  • American Hospital Association

  • American Kinesiotherapy Association, Inc.

  • American Music Therapy Association, Inc.

  • American Network of Community Options and Resources

  • American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc.

  • American Physical Therapy Association

  • American Psychological Association

  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

  • American Therapeutic Recreation Association

  • Assisted Living Federation of America

  • Association of Rehabilitation Nurses

  • Brain Injury Association of America, Inc.

  • Case Management Society of America

  • Child Welfare League of America

  • Children's Home Society of America

  • Department of Veterans Affairs

  • Easter Seals, Inc.

  • Goodwill Industries International, Inc.

  • International Association of Jewish Vocational Services

  • LeadingAge

  • Mental Health Corporations of America, Inc.

  • National Adult Day Services Association

  • National Association of Social Workers

  • National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare

  • Paralyzed Veterans of America

  • SourceAmerica

  • United Cerebral Palsy Associations

  • United Spinal Association

  • U.S. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association

  • CARF IAC Individual MembersCARF is pleased to have the following individuals as members of its IAC:

  • Peter C. AshendenChicago, Illinois

  • Bruce ChristensenGlenwood Springs, Colorado

  • Stanley H. Ducharme, Ph.D.Boston, Massachusetts

  • Cynthia H. DunnCleveland, Ohio

  • Cathy Ellis, PTWashington, D.C.

  • Cheryl Gagne, Sc.D., CRCBoston, Massachusetts