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All members of the California Alliance have been accredited by, or are in the process of being accredited by, an Alliance recognized national accrediting body including either the Council on Accreditation (COA), the Joint Commission or CARF.

Accreditation is a total evaluation of an agency’s operating systems. Review teams include executives and specialized staff of similar organizations from around the nation who are guided by standards in the areas of governing body, finances, personnel, safety and the specific program(s).

The accreditation standards are based on sound theory and practice, and focus on the systems and procedures that are the essential elements of a healthy organization dedicated to the best interest of children and families.

While the Alliance does not believe that accreditation makes member agencies perfect, it has observed that accreditation provides a valuable management tool for executives seeking to improve both mature agencies and develop younger agencies, as well as, elevate programs to the benefit of children and families.

Accreditation is an important part of building and enhancing member practice and reputation. The California Alliance is proud of the reputation for quality earned by our members over the years. 

For questions regarding accreditation, please contact Kevin Swartzendruber, Alliance Director of Membership and Marketing, at


Accreditation information

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National Accrediting Organizations


Council on Accreditation (COA)
Contact: Zoe Hutchinson, Associate Director of Client Relations,
Phone: 212/871-1972

Private Organization Standards — Our standards are publicly available
Fee Information — Details of types and timing of fees over a four-year cycle
Accreditation Overview and Introductory Video — Learn about the benefits of accreditation, process and standards
Training Calendar — Learn more! Most are free


Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)
Contact: Leslie Ellis-Lang, Managing Director of Child and Youth Services
Phone: (888) 281-6531, ext. 7162

Why Does CARF Accreditation Matter?
Why Choose CARF?
What Are the Costs of a CARF Survey?
Introductory Webinars:



The Joint Commission
Yvonne Rockwood, Senior Associate Director, Behavioral Health Care Program, The Joint Commission
Phone: (630) 792-5792

Guide to Accreditation
Free Trial of our Accreditation Requirements
Why Choose the Joint Commission
Guide to the On-site Survey


Organizations that can help you through the accreditation process:



Accreditation Consulting Group
Contact: John Collins
Phone: 831/332-0801 




Accreditation Guru - Jennifer Flowers
Contact: Jennifer Flowers, President
Phone: (212) 945-8504 

Accreditation — Are you prepared?
Strategic Planning and Board Development


Barrins & Associates Accreditation Consulting
Contact: Anne Barrins, CSW, CEO
Phone: 877-546-7206

CACFS Member Clients – Check out the list of CACFS members we have worked with and see what they say about our services.
Survey Preparation – Read about our proven approach to survey preparation and Joint Commission accreditation.
Clients – See our list of over 140 clients nationwide and read a sample of their testimonials.
Newsletters – Access our archive of over four years of monthly electronic newsletter full of updates on TJC standards and survey strategies. Sign up to get yourself on our mailing list.


Powderhorn Consulting
Contact: Tom Sefcik, Managing Principal
Phone: (740) 272-1935

CARF Benefits and Preparation
Joint Commission Benefits and Preparation
White Papers (Including what can disqualify you from CARF accreditation, how to prepare for a CARF survey and questions to ask your consultant)

Accreditation Guru - Jennifer Flowers
Contact: Jennifer Flowers, President
Phone: (212) 945-8504 

Accreditation — Are you prepared?
Strategic Planning and Board Development

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