The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities

What is CARF?
CARF is a private, not-for-profit organization that promotes quality rehabilitation services. It does this by establishing standards of quality for organizations to use as guidelines in developing and offering their programs or services to consumers. CARF uses the standards to determine how well an organization is serving its consumers and how it can improve.


The CARF standards are developed with input from consumers, rehabilitation professionals, state and national organizations, and funders. Every year the standards are reviewed and new ones are developed to keep pace with changing conditions and current consumer needs.

What does it mean to be Accredited?
After an organization applies for accreditation of its service or programs, CARF sends professionals in the field to conduct an on-site survey to determine the degree to which the organization meets the standards.

CARF-accredited programs and services have demonstrated that they substantially meet internationally recognized standards.