Capital Area Human Services District receives accreditation of rehab facilities

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) International announced that it has accredited Capital Area Human Services District for a period of three years for its behavioral health programs, based on quality and program results. The accredited programs are Outpatient Treatment: Alcohol and other Drugs/Addictions, Adults and Children/Adolescents and Residential Services; and Outpatient Treatment: Mental Health, Adults and Children/Adolescents. 

This is the first accreditation that the international accrediting body, CARF, has awarded to the agency, which serves the parishes of East and West Baton Rouge, East and West Feliciana, Iberville, Ascension, and Pointe Coupee with services in mental health, addiction recovery and developmental disabilities. 

This accreditation represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and shows the organization's substantial conformance to the CARF standards. An organization receiving a Three-Year Accreditation has put itself through a rigorous peer review process. It has demonstrated to a team of surveyors during an on-site visit its commitment to offering programs and services that are measurable, accountable, and of the highest quality.

CARF is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body whose mission 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 the persons served.

According to the CARF International survey team, "Capital Area Human Services has emerged as a truly vital community partner who places the needs of the consumers first and is vigilant in creation of prevention, mental health/addictive disorders treatment services and disaster response services to meet the ever-changing needs of the community in which they serve."

Founded in 1966 as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, and now known as CARF International, the accrediting body establishes consumer-focused standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their programs and services. For more information about the accreditation process, please visit the CARF website at

For additional information, contact Jan Kasofsky, Executive Director, at 225-922-2700. The CAHSD website is at