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​Dr. Sherman is an accreditation consultant with expertise in CARF and JCAHO behavioral health standards
  • Drug Counseling

National accreditation demonstrates a commitment to continuous improvement.

Preparation for national accreditation involves detailed planning and careful preparation. 


Accreditation consultation services include:

  • Comprehensive accreditation review and technical assistance for CARF / JCAHO for new and existing CARF / JCAHO accredited agencies

  • Readiness consultation and technical assistance for local (Georgia) regulatory standards for behavioral health programs

  • Contract monitoring and technical assistance

  • Policy and procedures development and review

  • Program documentation review and advisement

  • Administration documentation review and advisement


Accreditation Readiness

For those agencies seeking initial accreditation, planning is the key. Our consultants are familiar with the current expectations surrounding accreditation standards. We offer accreditation preparation services via on-site / remote  visits, and documentation and policy review to prepare for your initial survey.

Currently Accredited Programs

Organizations that are currently accredited for and approaching renewal will benefit from consultation. A survey preparation will ensure your agency is positioned for a successful next survey and continuous accreditation.

In the early stages of accreditation, some organizations are awarded a one-year outcome. Those currently accredited for one year demonstrate a commitment to standards and conformance, but need some improvements. We will assist the organization with resolving any cited recommendations, interpreting policies, and implementing new or updated standards.

On-Site Preparation

In most cases, mock surveys and on-site review and technical assistance is the most efficient way to prepare for any survey. This allows the consultants to deliver a survey in a way similar to the actual process, assisting the organization the obtain the best outcome and familiarization of the accreditation survey process. 

Mock surveys are indicated for agencies 

  • upon initial application for accreditation

  • when adding a new program under a currently accredited organization

  • for organizations that have received a one-year accreditation, and preparing for their re-survey visit.


Choosing an Accreditation Consultant

Here are some suggestions to review when you consider hiring a consultant. Ask for verification, information, or references to help you satisfy the following questions:

  • How long has the consultant been a surveyor?

  • Is the consultant a current surveyor?

  • Is the consultant a surveyor in your Core Program Areas?

  • What executive level / program level experience does the consultant possess?

  • How does the consultant demonstrate knowledge of and experience with the CARF process?

  • What skills, knowledge or ability does the consultant to enable them to resolve conflict, enhance brainstorming and creativity in an efficient manner?

  • On first impression, is the consultant someone you can interact with in a pleasurable business manner?

  • How accessible to you is the consultant?

  • What deliverables will you obtain for your financial investment? (Ask for a proposal of deliverables and a timeline. Fees can either be provided by an hourly estimate or project estimate.) 

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