CARF International announced that STEPS Inc. has been accredited for a period of three years for its Community Employment Services: Employment Supports; Community Employment Services: Job Development and Organizational Employment Services programs. The latest accreditation is the sixth consecutive Three-Year Accreditation that the international accrediting body, CARF, has given to STEPS Inc..

This accreditation decision represents the highest level of accreditation that can be given to an organization and shows the organization’s substantial conformance to the CARF standards. An organization receiving a Three-Year Accreditation has put itself through a rigorous peer review process. It has demonstrated to a team of surveyors during an on-site visit its commitment to offering programs and services that are measurable, accountable, and of the highest quality.

STEPS Inc. is a not-for-profit organization with offices at 225 Industrial Park Road, Farmville. It has been providing Community Employment Services and Organizational Employment Services in the Counties of Amelia, Appomattox, Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, Lunenburg, Nottoway, and Prince Edward since 1982.

“We take great pride in the quality of the services we provide and their impact on the lives of the citizens with disabilities we serve. It is confirming that the team of CARF surveyors recognized our efforts,” said Sharon Harrup, president and CEO of STEPS.

CARF 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.

For more information about the accreditation process, visit the CARF website at wwvv.carf.orq.

For additional information, contact Cynthia A. Saunders at 434-315-5909 Ext. 209.

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