Development Workshop Receives National Recognition for Innovating Business Practices.



Development Workshop, Inc., headquartered in Idaho Falls, has been awarded 3-year accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). Three year accreditation is an honor earned only by those facilities exhibiting industry best-practices and is the highest level awarded by the oversight organization.

In addition, Development Workshop was cited for exemplary conformance to the CARF standards. The CARF surveyors were particularly impressed by the processes developed and implemented since the company acquired and relocated the manufacturing firm, Compleat Angler to Idaho Falls.  The survey report declares that “the purchase of an existing manufacturing company, Compleat Angler, has resulted in increased efficiencies corporate-wide” “The new process resulted in quicker turnaround times on bidding of all contracts.  It provides a method to immediately evaluate individual contract performance with regard to ROM (return on mission) and ROI (return on investment).”

Mike O’Bleness, President and CEO of Development Workshop said of the exemplary citation that “A more responsive, efficient, and flexible business model is essential to survival in these economic times.  With budget cuts, the state has fewer funds available to purchase rehabilitative services, so we have to continue to find ways to deliver the highest quality at a lower cost.”

CARF also highlighted 16 additional strengths of Development Workshop’s programs; from involvement of the Board of Directors to the agency’s commitment to customer satisfaction.

Development Workshop provides a broad array of services that assist people with disabilities to develop independence and self reliance.   Development Workshop is one of only a handful of organizations of its kind in Idaho to receive the prestigious CARF accreditation.  They provide services to upwards of 700 people annually.