Hopewell Receives Accreditation from Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)

Mesopotamia, OH, Nov. 02, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hopewell, a therapeutic farm community located in Mesopotamia, OH, announced today it received CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) accreditation. Hopewell also earned numerous positive comments in the CARF Survey Summary. Hopewell is located on a 300-acre farm in the heart of Ohio Amish country. Hopewell helps adults who have been diagnosed with schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, major depression or other forms of mental illness.

The mission of CARF 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 persons served.

“We are honored to receive CARF accreditation again,” says Hopewell Executive Director/CEO Rick Karges. “It really is a testament to our staff. Everyone at Hopewell is focused on providing our residential clients the very best possible care.”

The CARF  standards have been developed over 40-plus years by international teams of service providers, policy makers, payers, family members and consumers. The standards also have been submitted to the public for review to validate relevancy and ensure input from all interested stakeholders. The CARF accreditation process starts with a provider’s commitment to continuous improvement and culminates with external review and recognition that the provider’s business and service practices meet international standards of quality.

In addition to receiving CARF accreditation, here are just a few of the written comments provided on the CARF Survey Summary.

  • Hopewell is praised by its funders and referral sources for its innovative practices, such as its nature therapy program, using evidence-based practices, and its work on program evaluation and metrics to demonstrate its impact on the lives of clients.
  • Board members, leadership and staff at all levels are committed to improving the lives of clients and are passionate about their work.
  • Hopewell has built of set of welcoming and comfortable residences and workshops on this farmland; the residences are spacious, well furnished, personalized and welcoming. There is a large variety of daily activities in which the clients can participate, all of which work to provide an excellent environment for recovery.
  • Hopewell clients report a very high satisfaction with the services provided; several have lived on site for many years. In addition, several clients report that they were so inspired by their staff that they want to become social workers and therapists themselves.
  • Hopewell staff is dedicated, caring and respectful; many staff members have worked at the organization for multiple years, reflecting their commitment to the clients and to Hopewell's model of a therapeutic community.

About Hopewell

Hopewell is a 300-acre residential working farm located in Mesopotamia, Ohio, where adults with schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder or depression learn to manage their mental illness and return to independent life. It is the only facility of its kind in Ohio, and one of only a handful in the United Sates. Hopewell is ODMHAS-licensed and CARF -accredited. It is a member of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and the American Residential Treatment Association (ARTA). A new backgrounder on Hopewell is available. Information and assessments are available by contacting Hopewell’s admissions team at 440.426.2009. Visit www.hopewellcommunity.org.



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