Richland County Board of Developmental Disabilities accredited by international board

Staff report

The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) International has awarded the Richland County Board of Developmental Disabilities (Richland Newhope) a three-year accreditation for Community Employment Services, a division of the board’s Adult Services department.

Two specific service areas were accredited: job development and employment supports. This accreditation outcome represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and shows the Board’s substantial conformance to the standards established by CARF. It follows an extensive on-site review process conducted in early May.

“This accreditation indicates that the services we provide for hundreds of individuals meet or exceed the high standards established by CARF for job development, supports, and on-site training,” said Richland Newhope Superintendent Liz Prather. “I’m especially pleased because this marks our 13th consecutive three-year award from CARF.”

The report issued by CARF listed 19 different areas of strength demonstrated by Richland Newhope, including person-centered excellence:

Richland County Board of Developmental Disabilities is complimented for the priority it gives to its person-centered practices and philosophy across the organization.

Job development efforts are based on individual preferences of the individual served and are closely aligned with personal goals.

The report also cited the operation of the City Garden Café, Project SEARCH, and the Employment Connection Program as efforts that are successfully assisting individuals to find community employment.

“You do an incredible job in job development,” Program Surveyor Monica Elsbrock-Boyd said.

CARF is an independent, non-profit 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, the accrediting body establishes consumer-focused standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their programs and services.

In 2014, Richland Newhope (Richland County Board of Developmental Disabilities) supported more than 1,800 individuals through early intervention, preschool, adult, residential, therapy, transportation and other family support programs.

Staff report