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Ozark Center Earns Accreditation from CARF International

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Ozark Center, an entity of Freeman Health System, has once again earned a three-year accreditation from Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). CARF International is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body. Its mission is to promote the quality, value and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process centered around enhancing the lives of the people served. Founded in 1966, CARF establishes consumer-focus standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their programs and standards.

“Staff at Ozark Center express a great deal of enthusiasm in their work and a desire to further improve services to meet clients’ needs,” said Mary Parrigon, Ozark Center Executive Director. “This achievement is a testament to their dedication to provide quality service day in and day out.”

The achievement represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and shows Ozark Center’s substantial conformance to CARF standards. Ozark Center underwent a rigorous on-site survey to achieve the accreditation, during which its compliance with behavioral healthcare standards was evaluated. This included care, treatment, services, leadership and screening procedures.

During the site visit, 27 Ozark Center programs and services were reviewed, including Adult Community & Outpatient Services, Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism, Crisis Services, Home Health Care, Individual Placement Services, New Directions, Turnaround Ranch and Will’s Place. All 27 received the three-year accreditation.

The rigorous CARF assessment complimented Ozark Center for “significant efforts to reduce stigma and to advocate for the needs of persons served.” Additionally, CARF noted that Ozark Center has an extensive outreach program, stating “and unique programs that are designed to remove treatment barriers and touch the heart of the community.”

For more information about the accreditation process, visit carf.org.

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