Kennedy Krieger Institute Awarded Three-Year CARF Accreditation

Article ID: 619211

Released: 12-Jun-2014 3:00 PM EDT

Source Newsroom: Kennedy Krieger Institute

Newswise — June 12, 2014 (Baltimore, Md.) — CARF International announced that Kennedy Krieger Institute has been accredited for a period of three years for the following CARF program areas:• Home and Community Services: Brain Injury Specialty Program (Pediatric Specialty Program)• Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs – Hospital (Pediatric Specialty Program)• Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs – Hospital: Brain Injury Specialty Program (Pediatric Specialty Program) • Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs – Hospital: Spinal Cord System of Care (Pediatric Specialty Program)• Interdisciplinary Outpatient Medical Rehabilitation Programs: Spinal Cord System of Care (PediatricSpecialty Program)• Governance Standards Applied

These CARF program areas relate to the following Kennedy Krieger Institute programs:• Pediatric Rehabilitation Unit• Neurobehavioral Unit • Pediatric Feeding Disorders Unit• International Center for Spinal Cord Injury (pediatric inpatient and outpatient)• Specialized Transition Program• Community Rehabilitation Program

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.

Kennedy Krieger is an international resource with a strong tradition of providing comprehensive rehabilitation services for children and young adults with disorders of the brain, spinal cord, and musculoskeletal system. Depending on a patient’s needs, the Institute offers patient care in a variety of inpatient, outpatient, and community based settings through its Rehabilitation Continuum of Care for children with both acute and chronic rehabilitation needs. Guided by a philosophy emphasizing individualized care, innovative approaches and evidence-based therapies, the Institute strives to help each patient maximize their potential for recovery, with the goal of successful transition back to home, school, and community life. Learn more at 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. 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

About Kennedy Krieger InstituteInternationally recognized for improving the lives of children and adolescents with disorders and injuries of the brain, spinal cord and musculoskeletal system, the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, Md. serves more than 20,000 individuals each year through inpatient and outpatient clinics, home and community services and school-based programs. Kennedy Krieger provides a wide range of services for children with developmental concerns mild to severe, and is home to a team of investigators who are contributing to the understanding of how disorders develop while pioneering new interventions and earlier diagnosis. For more information on Kennedy Krieger Institute, visit


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