How to Gain CARF Accreditation

CARF Accredited IDD Agency

What is CARF Accreditation?

The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities aims to “promote the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services” ( for health and human services in the following areas:

  • Aging Services
  • Behavioral Health
  • Child and Youth Services
  • Employment and Community Services
  • Vision Rehabilitation Services
  • Medical Rehabilitation
  • Opioid Treatment Program

There are over 8,000 CARF accredited service providers across the globe. “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.” (

This certification helps give consumers confidence in choosing a provider and indicates that an agency has met (and exceeded) all industry standards. Not only are CARF-accredited IDD and Rehabilitation Centers set apart from others in the eyes of consumers, but they also receive a wide variety of tangible benefits including but not limited to:

  • Increase in funding and reimbursement opportunities
  • Participation in insurance programs that offer discounted premiums to eligible providers
  • Independent, external review to identify strengths and areas for improvement based on objective program expectations and guidelines that are common to all CARF-accredited organizations
  • Access to thousands of hours of corporate quality, tuition-free, online training in a variety of professional development and career related areas


Service providers earn CARF accreditation as a result of their commitment to excellence and their constant goal to improve the quality of health service delivery. CARF accreditation is a sign that consumers can rely upon an agency that demonstrates their commitment to internationally accredited standards. Individuals across the U.S. look for CARF certification of IDD and Rehabilitation Agencies in helping them to make the right choice in selecting a provider.

Accreditation Process: How Vertex Can Help

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.” (

In order to gain CARF accreditation, it’s important for an agency to have optimized business operations. An entire cycle – from service to documentation and billing – needs to be connected and available on any computer or mobile device in order to prove the presence of efficient internal operations. The Vertex System features software modules that work as one powerful, complete and integrated system for your organization. This seamless system of multiple products enables you to spend more time doing the work that really matters and less time doing administrative tasks.

Vertex products to help optimize operations

  • Client Payroll Manager + Vocational Time Manager enables you to easily and accurately track hours worked for vocational services
  • Products like Case Manager keep online records of case
  • Billing Manager software takes the service documentation your direct service providers and facilitates accurate and compliant billing of funding sources
  • Vertex Financials enable your team to manage your agency’s financial needs, like general ledgers, financial statements, accounts receivable, accounts payable, fixed assets, purchasing, invoicing, and budgeting

By helping your agency connect functions and information, Vertex gives you the necessary foundation to gain CARF accreditation. To learn more about how Vertex Systems can help, fill out the form below!

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