CARF InternationalChildServe currently holds a three-year accreditation from CARF International in the following programs:
- Child & Youth Services
- Child & Youth Services (Medically Fragile)
- Community Integration
- Respite Services
- Respite Services (Children & Adolescents)
- Respite Services (Medically Fragile)
- Case Management
- Inpatient Rehab Programs – Brain Injury Specialty
- Outpatient Rehab Programs – Brain Injury Specialty
Our accreditation is a public commitment that we strive to:
- Involve persons served and their families in their service planning.
- Respect individual cultural preferences.
- Be accountable to our funding sources, referral agencies, and the community at large.
- Address health and safety concerns, such as building safety and emergency preparedness.
- Maintain management practices that are efficient, cost-effective, and based on outcomes and consumer satisfaction.
CARF International is an independent, nonprofit accreditor of health and human services providers in the areas of Aging Services, Behavioral Health, Child and Youth Services, Durable Medical Equipment, Employment and Community Services, Medical Rehabilitation, Opioid Treatment Programs, and Vision Rehabilitation Services. CARF assists providers in improving the quality of their services by applying sets of quality standards during a consultative on-site survey. For more information about CARF International, the standards, or the survey process, visit www.carf.org.
Iowa Recognition for Performance ExcellenceIn 2010, ChildServe was selected by the Iowa Recognition for Performance Excellence (IRPE) program for recognition at the BRONZE level. The IRPE is a Baldrige-criteria based program managed by the Iowa Quality Center.
The Baldrige criteria help organizations identify strengths and opportunities for improvement, provide training for continuous improvement and leadership development, and assure customer focus, efficiency, and workforce engagement. At the time of recognition, ChildServe was only the 8th health care facility in Iowa to be recognized by the IRPE.
The prestigious Iowa Recognition for Performance Excellence program was established in 2000 to help businesses and organizations in the state become more sustainable. Each applicant organization receives over 1000 hours of analysis by a team of trained examiners and the IRPE program presents awards to the organizations that demonstrate successful process-based results. The process is aligned with the Baldrige National Quality Program. To learn more, visit www.nist.gov/baldrige/.
Healthcare Quality Association on AccreditationThe Adaptive Equipment program at ChildServe has achieved the Award of Accreditation from the Healthcare Quality Association on Accreditation, based in Waterloo, Iowa. This award is achieved only when home medical equipment companies demonstrate a high level of quality practices in their business operations and patient care techniques. ChildServe earned the three-year accreditation after completing a comprehensive application that focuses on patient care, financial stability, and a commitment to quality operational practices and procedures. Accreditation by the Healthcare Quality Association on Accreditation assures Medicare and other payers that the highest levels of quality are practiced within all areas of the company.
Founded in 2005, the Healthcare Quality Association on Accreditation seeks to continuously set standards of the highest quality on behalf of the durable medical equipment industry and business owners. Its interactive, Web-based design is specifically aimed at the durable medical equipment industry, providing a targeted approach to accreditation and quality improvement. To learn more about the Healthcare Quality Association on Accreditation, visit www.hqaa.org.
American Camp AssociationThe American Camp Association has awarded accreditation to Camp ChildServe. ACA accreditation assures families that camps have made the commitment to a safe, nurturing environment for their children. ACA standards are recognized by courts of law and government regulators as the standards of the camp community. ACA goes beyond basic requirements for health, cleanliness, and food service into specific areas of programming, including camp staff from director through counselors, emergency management plans, health care, and management.
Camp ChildServe meets or exceeds the following ACA standards, among others:
- Staff to camper ratios are appropriate for different age groups.
- Goals for camp activities are developmentally based.
- Emergency transportation is available at all times.
- First-aid facilities and trained staff are available when campers are present.
To learn more about the American Camp Association and their accreditation program and standards, visit www.acacamps.org/.
State of Iowa Quality Rating SystemChildServe Childcare Centers in Ames and Johnston currently hold 4-star ratings by the State of Iowa's Quality Rating System (QRS). QRS is a voluntary program that gives childcare settings guidelines on improving their quality of childcare. By participating, they have chosen to demonstrate their desire to improve the quality of care and education their children receive.
QRS has five levels indicated by the number of stars on the provider's QRS certificate. Centers with a Level 4 rating have made significant steps in meeting key indicators of quality in the areas of professional development, health and safety, environment, family and community partnership, and leadership and administration.
For more information about QRS please visit www.dhs.state.ia.us/iqrs.