What is Accreditation?

If an association receives Government funding for services at the level of $500,000 or more, it is required to become accredited by a certified organization.

The association is surveyed through a rigorous peer review process and demonstrates that programs and services meet or exceed international standards. 

When certified, this proves that the association is fulfilling its contractual obligations with Community Living BC in the best possible way.

The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) promotes quality service delivery based upon sound business practices. CARF has these core values.  All of their standards are based on these values:

  • All people have the right to be treated with dignity and respect

  • All people would have access to needed services that achieve optimum outcomes

  • All people should be empowered to exercise informed choice

The benefits of accreditation are:

  • An assurance on the part of persons seeking service and their families that our organization meets accepted person-focused standards that emphasize an integrated and individualized approach to services and outcomes

  • Accountability to Community Living BC  and to the Community

  • Continuous quality improvement through the application of CARF standards

  • Guidance for responsible management and professional growth of personnel

  • Support from CARF though consultation, publications, training opportunities and newsletters.

Three Year Accreditation Awarded

CARF awarded Quesnel Community Living Association a fourth three year accreditation certificate in March 2018.   This is the highest level of accreditation awarded by CARF.  

Quesnel Community Living Association received this certification in all areas of service offered which includes:

  • Community Housing

  • Community Integration

  • Supported Living

Accreditation is a valuable ongoing process.  It requires feedback from our stakeholders. Our stakeholders include consumers, family members, staff and community members.   This feedback is reviewed, considered and incorporated to nurture our agency culture.  It requires that policies and procedures reflect that culture.  It requires that services are accountable and measurable.

We want to take this opportunity to thank the many people who participate in surveys and serve on committees to assist us in achieving our accreditation goals.  This collaboration could not be done without you.