The Treatment and Learning Centers’ Outcomes Service earned a seventh consecutive three-year accreditation from CARF International. CARF provides accreditation services worldwide at the request of health and human service providers. Five Outcomes programs were surveyed including:
- Community Employment Services: Employment Support
- Community Employment Services: Job Development
- Comprehensive Vocational Evaluation Services
- Employee Development Services
- Transition Services
The Outcomes Service in Rockville has been advocating for adults with disabilities to live independently in the community with employment support since 1986. The accreditation extends through November 30, 2018. CARF had great things to say about TLC in the survey report, including:
The organization is commended for taking an assertive approach toward employment by developing strong, positive community employment options that meet the needs of the person served. The job development staff has implemented effective networking methods that have allowed for increased placements and more effective and lasting job experiences.
Employee development services (EDS) is complimented for its use of a speech therapist to help enhance the curriculum that is offered to the persons served. The cohesive partnership and enthusiasm from the EDS staff offer a unique learning experience. The classes are fun, thought provoking, and relevant to each person in the group. Staff incorporates current trends and events to present a relatable experience.
All employment planning, from youth transition services to comprehensive vocational evaluation to job development and employment supports, utilizes a team dynamic that allows for barriers to be minimized and for creative opportunities to be developed. Teams collaborate openly and bank on each staff member’s “super powers” to formulate a direction that lends itself to the desires of the person served.
TLC’s Executive Director Dr. Patricia Ritter commented, “The accreditation decision and positive comments regarding the Outcomes team comes as no surprise. I concur with the surveyors who wrote, ‘A staff team demonstrates its passion and commitment to each person served and has earned the organization its reputation for excellence.’ Thank you to our wonderfully dedicated staff for earning this accreditation seven times.”
For more information about the survey or services at Outcomes, please contact me.
Jan Miller-Vogel, Outcomes Director