CLEVELAND, Sept. 29, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hopewell Therapeutic Farm Community has just received a second year extension for its three-year accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), according to Rick Karges, executive director/CEO. Hopewell is the only mental health therapeutic farm community with this nationally recognized accreditation.
"The mission of CARF 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 persons served," said Karges. "This is the second year of our third three-year accreditation period. Each year, Hopewell is formally evaluated before the extension is granted."
According to Karges, CARF develops and maintains field-driven best practices that improve the value and responsiveness of the program services delivered to people in need of life enhancement services. CARF conducts accreditation research emphasizing outcomes measurement and management, and provides information on common program strengths as well as areas needing improvement.
"This is CARF's 50th Anniversary year," said Candace Carlton, LISW-S, Quality Improvement and Compliance Director at Hopewell. "The accreditation process is comprehensive and demanding. Hopewell satisfied each of the CARF accreditation conditions and demonstrated substantial conformance to the standards."
Hopewell is a 300-acre residential working farm located in Mesopotamia, Ohio, where adults with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and major depression learn to manage their mental illness and return to independent life. Hopewell is the only therapeutic farm community in Ohio. It is ODMHAS-licensed and CARF-accredited. Hopewell is a member of the National Alliance on Mental Illness and the American Residential Treatment Association. Information, tours and assessments are available by contacting Nicole Shuster, clinician/admissions coordinator, at 440.426.2009. Visit www.hopewellcommunity.org.