Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) Awards Courage Center Three-Year Accreditation

Friday, August 20, 2010 General News J E 4
MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 19 Courage Center is pleased to announce that it has received accreditation from the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). CARF is a private, nonprofit organization that promotes quality services for persons with disabilities and others in need of rehabilitation services. Courage Center first became accredited by CARF in 1983. The accreditation extends through June 2013.

To be accredited, Courage Center met an extensive list of standards in business and clinical practices, as well as the program areas of Outpatient Medical Rehabilitation Services for children and adults, Employment Services and Supported Living (ILS).

"Courage Center is proud to receive CARF accreditation," said Nancy Larkin, chief operating officer. "By choosing Courage Center, it validates that we are an organization focused on assisting each of our clients in realizing his or her full potential. It is like receiving a gold star in our industry."

The report notes that Courage Center enjoys a reputation for providing quality rehabilitation services with employees who are fully engaged in the mission and values of the organization. "There is a sense of commitment to excellence that permeates Courage Center. The organization indicates that it is not sufficient to just be 'good,' ... it is always striving to be 'better.'"

CARF found Courage Center to be "exemplary" in the following areas:

CARF standards are developed and revised through a series of leadership panels, national advisory committees, focus groups and field reviews. Its standards development process provides opportunities for persons served and other stakeholders to be actively involved in developing CARF standards. For more information about CARF, visit

About Courage Center:

Courage Center is a nonprofit rehabilitation and resource center that advances the lives of children and adults experiencing barriers to health and independence. At Courage Center, we specialize in treating brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, chronic pain, autism, and disabilities experienced since birth. Founded in 1928, Minneapolis-based Courage Center offers advanced technologies and innovation provided in part through the efforts of thousands of volunteers and donors. For more information visit

CONTACT: Sue Warner, Courage Center, 763-520-0263

-- Outstanding volunteer program -- State-of-the art assistive technology lab -- Community information available in its semiannual Class Catalog

SOURCE Courage Center


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