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Advocates, a human services organization in Framingham providing supports to more than 30,000 individuals with disabilities and families in Central and Eastern Massachusetts, has received three-year accreditation from the international accrediting body, CARF, for a number of its services. This represents a re-accreditation of Advocates’ Day Habilitation and Brain Injury services; and a first-time accreditation for the Adult Family Care and Shared Living programs, and Advocates Community Counseling.

This accreditation decision represents the highest level of accreditation that can be given to an organization and shows Advocates’ 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.

“We are proud that CARF International has recognized the quality, integrity, and high standards of these Advocates programs,” says Diane Gould, Advocates president & CEO. “Our Board, leadership, and direct service professionals understand the importance of earning the trust of the individuals we serve, their families and guardians, and the community.”

Advocates Day Supports, Adult Family Care and Shared Living, Brain Injury Services, and Advocates Community Counseling programs together serve more than 6,200 people and their families.

Advocates partners with people who face developmental, mental health, and other life challenges. It has been providing service to individuals with autism, brain injuries, intellectual disabilities, and serious mental illness in Massachusetts since 1975.

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.