Sertoma Centre Receives 13th Consecutive CARF Accreditation

Alsip, IL—(ENEWSPF)–June 25, 2014.  The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) recently announced that Sertoma Centre, Inc. was accredited for a period of three years for the services and programs provided to individuals with disabilities. This latest accreditation marks the 13th consecutive Three-Year Accreditation outcome that the international accrediting commission has awarded to the Sertoma Centre.

This accreditation outcome represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization.  It also shows the organization’s substantial conformance to the standards established by CARF.  An organization receiving a Three-Year Accreditation outcome has put itself through a rigorous peer review process. It has demonstrated (to a team of surveyors during an on-site visit; that its programs and services are of the highest quality, measurable, and accountable. Gus van den Brink, Executive Director of Sertoma Centre thanked his staff for their great work by stating, “The entire staff at Sertoma Centre has a part creating an exceptional agency and making a real difference in the lives of the individuals served.”

CARF is an independent, not-for-profit accrediting body whose mission is to promote the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process that centers on enhancing the lives of the persons served.  Founded in 1966 as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, and now known as CARF, the accrediting body establishes consumer-focused standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their programs and services.

Sertoma Centre, Inc. is a nonprofit, community service agency with two day facilities in Alsip, IL and a third facility in Matteson, IL which houses Mental Health Services. Sertoma Centre provides job training programs and services to more than 725 individuals with developmental, physical and emotional disabilities, and/or mental illness.  These services include vocational evaluation, developmental training, community-based assessments, senior programming, work adjustment training, residential services, janitorial skill training, foster care, job placement services, supported employment, specialized services, school transition services, psychosocial rehabilitation, and a sheltered workshop program.  Started in 1971 by three local Sertoma Clubs, Sertoma Centre serves more than 725 individuals annually. For more information about Sertoma Centre, Inc. visit