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Albertina Kerr’s Children’s Crisis Psychiatric Care and Outpatient Mental Health programs recently received a three-year accreditation—the highest level—from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) International.

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.

According to the CARF report, “The organization is well respected in the state and its local community for being reliable, forward-thinking, and innovative in the ways it provides services.”

CARF International’s findings about Kerr’s team of mental health professionals revealed the following: “Dedicated, hardworking staff have a strong commitment to improving the lives of the clients and their families. It is obvious that the staff members enjoy the work that they do, are concerned about the clients and families, and respect and listen to their desired choices. There is a strong emphasis on communication and support, which is demonstrated by the staff members consistently focusing on the empowerment of the clients and families.”

The report also noted the impact of Kerr’s Children’s Mental Health services on the youth and families served: “The clients and families reported that they feel that their lives have improved significantly because of Kerr and see possibilities for their futures that would not have been possible without the support of Kerr’s staff members.”

CARF International is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body whose mission is to promote the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process and continuous improvement services that center 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.