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  • Employment and Community Services

    With sweeping changes in the disability movement, CARF's employment and community services standards reflect leadership in the field internationally. 

    CARF accredits employment and community services programs, including:

    • Employment Planning Services
    • Comprehensive Vocational Evaluation Services
    • Employment and Career Centers
    • Employee Development Services
    • Employment Skills Training Services
    • Organizational Employment Services
    • Community Employment Services
    • Self-Employment Services
    • Affirmative Business Enterprise
    • Services for Children and Youth
    • Transition Services
    • Family Services
    • Foster Family Services
    • Host Family/Shared Family Services
    • Respite Services
    • Community Integration
    • Community Housing
    • Supported Living
    • Services Coordination
    • Assistive Technology Supports and Services
    • Behavioral Consultation Services
    • Comprehensive Benefits Planning
    • Self-Directed Community Supports and Services: Flexible Supports Planning
    • Self-Directed Community Supports and Services: Employer of Record for Support Services
    • Personal Supports Services
    • Short-Term Immigration for Support Services
    • Mentor Services
    • Supported Education Services
    • Rapid Rehousing and Homelessness Prevention Program
    • Centers for Independent Living
    • Home and Community Services

    The following specific population designations may be added to a program, including:

    • Children and Adolescents Specific Population Designation
    • Older Adults and Older Adults/Dementia Care Specific Population Designation
    • Medically Fragile Specific Population Designation
    • Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder
    • Children/Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder
    • Standards for Workforce Development Services

    Please refer to the program descriptionsNew window icon for further details.

    For more information on CARF employment and community services accreditation, please email ecs@carf.org or call toll free (888) 281-6531.

  • Developmentally disabled man talking with his job coach

  • Promising Practices newsletter

    Read the latest issue of the ECS newsletter celebrating exemplary conformance to the standards:

    Working better by working together

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  • Tending to business in human services

    The CARF standards emphasize strong business practices in health and human services; whereas, this important area is underemphasized or overlooked entirely by other accreditors. David Wilber, executive director of Diversified Enterprises, witnessed the difference in results and volunteered his perspective for a white paper, Developing sophisticated systems for success, published by BB&T Capital Markets.

    Read blog article featuring Dave Wilber.

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