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The CARF Connection blog, previously distributed in the form of a newsletter, provides timely tips, resources, and updates about CARF accreditation, business practices, and related matters. Learn about current trends in the fields that CARF accredits, improving services, and the latest CARF news.

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Not just a headache: What to know about youth concussions

By CARF International

In the past, a concussion sustained while playing sports may have been dismissed as just a bad headache. These days we understand a bump, blow, or jolt to the head (or even the body) can affect brain function and impeding an athlete’s ability to participate in sports for some time afterward. In worst-case scenarios, coma or death can result.



Options to opioids: Medical technology offers other pain control choices

By CARF International

Partly in response to the opioid crisis, medtechs across the nation have ramped up development of devices that aim to manage pain without exposing patients to the risk of drug addiction.



3 reflections from the 2018 Zero Suicide International summit

By Michael Johnson, managing director of behavioral health, CARF International

I attended the Zero Suicide International Summit this year to exchange ideas with global thought leaders on how to eliminate the public health crisis of suicide. I came away with many thoughts, but here are some of the highlights.



Eradicating suicide: Tips for better public service messaging

By CARF International

As suicide rates edge up, many human service organizations are challenged to publicly talk about the issue in responsible and effective ways.



FFPSA changing funding for child welfare services

By CARF International

For U.S. providers of child-welfare services, one of the most impactful laws to take effect this year has been the federal Family First Prevention Services Act or FFPSA.



Spotlight on a practical tool based on research

By Amy Ryan, MS, CCC-SLP and Dana Read, MS, CCC-SLP; CBIS-T

Screening for dysphagia and risk of aspiration in stroke patients

As speech pathologists and leaders in the stroke rehabilitation acute care setting, we know that a reliable swallow-screening tool is essential in treating patients at risk for dysphagia. Early detection of dysphagia and the risk of aspiration are critical in improving swallowing function during a patient’s hospital course. This is especially important with stroke patients, a population in which oropharyngeal dysphagia occurs in 42%–67% of patients within the first 3 days.



Healthy China 2030: Trends in rehabilitation

By Jing Walker, International Advisor, CARF Europe

Healthy China 2030 (HC 2030), healthcare reform launched in 2016, has put China’s relatively young but fast-growing rehabilitation and aging services industries back in the spotlight. In this article, Dr. Jianan Li discusses trends in China’s health and human services and the role CARF accreditation has in advancing quality healthcare in China.



Recent CDC report, deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, again bring attention to suicide as public health issue

By CARF International

This week brings renewed attention to the issue of suicide. While the tragic losses of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain will get headlines, they represent a growing public health issue that is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States: suicide. These events offer an opportunity to address misconceptions, stigma, and a lack of resources that act as barriers for people at risk, and to bring the focus toward resources and best practices.



The Value of Professional Development

By CARF International

Take advantage of the professional development resource offered to CARF-accredited organizations, and encourage your emerging leaders to become CARF surveyors. 



4 ways accreditation supports the human services ecosystem

By CARF International

A recent report discusses the future of community-based human services. The first four initiatives are directly supported by CARF standards, meaning, if you’re a CBO applying the standards for accreditation, you’re likely strengthening the overall ecosystem. Here are the standards and other CARF resources that can offer guidance to your organization.


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