Fort Wayne, Indiana, May 6, 2019
260.456.4534 ext. 344
CARF International has awarded a three-year accreditation to Easter Seals Arc of Northeast Indiana for the following services:
This accreditation decision represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and shows Easterseals Arc’s conformance to the CARF standards. To earn the accreditation, the agency participated in a rigorous peer review process and hosted a team of surveyors for a three-day on-site visit to demonstrate its commitment to offering programs and services that are measurable, accountable, and of the highest quality.
“We hold ourselves to high standards at Easterseals Arc because we believe that is the best way to support the individuals and families we serve,” said Donna Elbrecht, Easterseals Arc president/CEO. “Earning another three-year accreditation through CARF’s intensive survey process shows that our entire team—from the direct support staff to management to our board—is committed to meeting the needs of our consumers.”
Easterseals Arc has been accredited by CARF since 1997.
A typical CARF survey summary includes recommendations for improvements, which would then be addressed in a Quality Improvement Plan submitted by the agency. However, this was the second consecutive survey for which Easterseals Arc received no recommendations, meaning the agency is in compliance with all standards. Less than 3 percent of service providers worldwide experience a CARF survey with no recommendations.
“Easterseals Arc of Northeast Indiana has a number of strengths and demonstrates commitment to its mission and the welfare of persons served,” the CARF survey report stated. “It was clear from observations throughout the survey process that the persons served always come first.”
Areas of strength noted in the survey include respite services; the Employment Readiness Academy; Pre-Employment Transition Services offered in area high schools; partnerships with local businesses and organizations; extensive training for new staff; and tools for getting feedback from staff, consumers and other stakeholders.
“Earning such a positive survey report is a great reward for all that we’ve done so far, but it’s an even greater inspiration to keep improving and looking for new ways to help people with disabilities pursue their goals,” Elbrecht said.
CARF is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body whose mission is to promote the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process that centers on enhancing the lives of the persons served. Founded in 1966 as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, and now known as CARF International, the accrediting body establishes consumer-focused standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their programs and services. For more information about the accreditation process, please visit the CARF website at www.carf.org.