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Jan 2017

AWARE Inc.’s CARF accreditation renewed

AWARE's CARF review opened with a statewide meeting via videoconference in its main offices in Anaconda, Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Helena and Missoula, Dec. 7, 2016. 

Every three years, AWARE Inc. works with CARF International to update accreditation for the services it provides. AWARE received its latest results in January and is proud to announce that CARF has approved its accreditation for the next three years.

At the beginning of December 2016, seven surveyors spent three days at AWARE facilities throughout Montana reviewing a sampling of its services. These experts hired by CARF work in similar organizations across the United States. They review everything from AWARE’s services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, services for families and children, procedures for board governance, financial sustainability, benefits and compensation for employees, and much more.

CARF opening meeting

CARF opening meeting

Photo above: AWARE’s CARF review opened with a statewide meeting via videoconference in its main offices in Anaconda, Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Helena and Missoula, Dec. 7, 2016.

CARF’s latest survey results continue to show that AWARE ranks at the top of the international organization’s highest tier. A letter from CARF President Brian Boon states, “This achievement is an indication of your organization’s dedication and commitment to improving the quality of the lives of the persons served. Services, personnel, and documentation clearly indicate an established conformance to standards.”

Larry Noonan, AWARE CEO, said “Inviting CARF to review our organization is one way we show our commitment to providing the highest quality services to each and every person we serve.”

AWARE, now in its 40th year of service, has sought CARF accreditation since 1980. AWARE’s dedicated employees take what they know along with new advice from CARF surveyors to continually advance the organization’s services.

“We’re always looking to improve to ensure the highest level of independence possible for the people we serve,” Noonan said. “Every day, AWARE aims to meet and exceed CARF’s quality indicators.”

For example, CARF gave exemplary ratings to AWARE’s yearly Corporate Congress. Corporate Congress is a unique strategic planning process that includes input from all areas of AWARE. Ran much like the state legislature, it’s an opportunity for any employee and/or client to make a meaningful contribution to the organization’s direction and overall plan for continued success in the years to come.

AWARE held its latest Corporate Congress January 25-27, passing 21 bills. Corporate Congress has been an integral part of AWARE’s yearly planning since 1994.

To learn more, please contact Matt Bugni, AWARE CIO, at mbugni@aware-inc.org or (406) 449.3120.