Family Services Awarded 3-Year CARF Accreditation for Two Behavioral Health Programs

Date: Apr 16, 2013

(Gaithersburg, MD) – CARF International announced that Family Services, Inc. (FSI) has been accredited for a period of three years for its Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Outpatient Mental Health programs. The latest accreditation is the second consecutive Three-Year Accreditation for Montgomery Station’s Psychiatric Rehabilitation program that the international accrediting body, CARF, has awarded to FSI and the first for the Outpatient Mental Health Clinic.

This accreditation decision 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. Family Services has the only CARF accredited psychiatric rehabilitation program (PRP) and mental health clinic in Montgomery County, and is one of seven with dual accreditations in the State of Maryland.

Family Services, Inc., an affiliate of the Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Foundation, is the oldest non-profit social service and behavioral health organization in Montgomery County, Maryland. Founded in 1908, FSI's mission is to foster strong and healthy individuals and families through innovative education, behavioral health, child development, and social services that address needs in the home, school, and community. Located in Gaithersburg, MD, FSI sits within a "nonprofit village" where community members can come to receive an array of programs and services in one location. Our vision is to continue to be at the forefront in the development and delivery of services that meet the needs of a culturally diverse and evolving community. On January 1, 2013 GUIDE Program Inc. and Family Services, Inc. merged organizations and continue to operate early childhood, education, behavioral health, substance abuse, juvenile justice, child welfare, and social service programs in Montgomery, Prince George's, and Baltimore Counties and Baltimore City.

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 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 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

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