Idaho Falls, Idaho – March 24, 2016 -
Development Workshop, Inc. recently learned it 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 providers demonstrating industry best-practices and is the highest level awarded by the oversight organization. The four-person CARF survey team spent three days in late January scrutinizing virtually every aspect of the business. The subsequent audit report cited more than 30 areas for special recognition including “the organization’s strong focus on continuous quality improvement.” The report went on to state that “Development Workshop creates an exceptional environment that promotes advocacy, support, and enrichment for children, youth, adults, and families.” Mike O’Bleness, President and CEO of Development Workshop said “We are obviously very pleased with the survey results. Although Development Workshop is not required to be accredited by CARF, the oversight keeps us focused on the right things. No other provider in the area submits themselves to this level of scrutiny. I’m very proud of our staff and they are to be commended for their dedication to providing the highest quality of service to the clients we serve.” Development Workshop provides a broad array of services that assist people with disabilities to develop independence and self reliance. Development Workshop, with offices in Pocatello, Blackfoot, Idaho Falls, Rexburg and Salmon, is one of only a handful of organizations of its kind in Idaho to receive the prestigious CARF accreditation, and the only one in Idaho Falls, Rexburg or Salmon. They provide services to upwards of 600 people annually. 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.