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Shuswap Association for Community Living creates opportunities and
provides support to optimize the potential of individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Accreditation

SACL is proud to “ASPIRE to Excellence” through the CARF Accreditation Process.
Thanks to your continual support and input, we have been successful in obtaining a full 3-year accreditation each time we have been surveyed.
We have been a fully accredited agency since 2005.

Our next scheduled survey is June, 2020.

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What is ASPIRE to Excellence?

A – Assess the Environment
S – Set Strategy
P – Persons Supported and other Stakeholders (Obtain Input)
I – Implement the Plan
R – Review the Resultsw
E – Effect Change

Why Does Accreditation Matter?

Consumers face a variety of options when deciding what services to use and who should provide them. Accreditation is a sign of quality and is an important consideration in their decision making. They look for CARF accreditation in their choice of treatment for addiction and substance abuse, rehabilitation of a disability, home and community services, retirement living, and other health and human services.

The value of accreditation goes beyond a competitive distinction for service providers and a framework for continuous quality improvement.

Who is CARF?

CARF is an independent, non-profit organization focused on advancing the quality of services used to meet your needs for the best possible outcomes.

CARF provides accreditation services worldwide at the request of health and human service providers. Whether you are seeking rehabilitation for a disability, treatment for addiction and substance abuse, home and community services, retirement living, or other health and human services, you can have confidence in your choice. Providers that meet our standards have demonstrated their commitment to being among the best available.

Consumers face a variety of options when deciding what services to use and who should provide them. Accreditation is a sign of quality and is an important consideration in decision making.

CARF International has surveyed hundreds of thousands of programs throughout North and South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia since it was founded as an independent, nonprofit accreditor in 1966.

How is Accreditation Achieved?

Achieving accreditation requires a service provider to commit to quality improvement, focus on the unique needs of each person the provider serves, and monitor the results of services.

A service provider begins the accreditation process with an internal examination of its program and business practices. Then the provider requests an on-site survey that will be conducted by a team of expert practitioners selected by CARF. During the survey, the provider must demonstrate that it conforms to a series of rigorous and internationally recognized CARF standards.

Based on the results of the survey, CARF prepares a written report of the provider’s strengths and areas for improvement. If a provider has sufficiently demonstrated its conformance to the standards, it earns CARF accreditation.

After receiving the report, the provider must submit a Quality Improvement Plan (QIP) to CARF to show how it is addressing any areas for improvement. Then, each year during the term of accreditation, the provider must submit a report to CARF documenting additional improvements it has made.