A CARF three-year accreditation has been awarded to five GEO Reentry non-residential reentry programs in New Jersey, signifying that these providers have met the nonprofit accreditation organization’s internationally recognized quality and service standards.
By passing the in-depth review conducted by CARF International, these five non-residential reentry service centers – called Community Resource Centers – in Atlantic City, Elizabeth, Neptune City, Perth Amboy, and Vineland have demonstrated their dedication and commitment to improving the quality of the lives of the people they serve by reducing risk, addressing health and safety concerns, respecting cultural and individual preferences and providing the best possible quality of care.
These five centers provide a structured combination of cognitive behavioral treatment, training and case management designed to change criminal thinking and reduce recidivism. Participants are required to take part in a multi-phase program that includes classes designed to improve communication skills, teach problem solving and conflict resolution, and develop parenting and employment skills.
During the CARF accreditation process, each program welcomes a team of surveyors to visit the site and evaluate its services, consult with staff to make sure they are following the highest standards and interview program participants about the services they are receiving. During this process, CARF surveyors assess whether the quality of service provided strives to ensure the best possible outcomes for participants; they also offer recommendations to organizations for improving program quality.
The five day reporting centers that received three-year CARF Accreditation are the Atlantic City Community Resource Center, run by program manager Brian Nelson; the Elizabeth Community Resource Center, run by program manager Jennifer Volpe; Neptune City Community Resource Center, run by program manager Randy Schwartz; the Perth Amboy Community Resources Center, run by program manager Peter Conerly; and the Vineland Day Reporting Center, run by program manager Myriah Jackson. GEO Reentry has operated non-residential reentry programs in New Jersey since 1998.
“We are proud to earn this accreditation by this respected organization,” said Matt Wirtner, GEO Reentry Area Manager. “We strive for delivering an evidence-based curriculum and maintaining program fidelity to enhance positive outcomes.”
Founded in 1966, CARF International, or the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, is an international, independent, nonprofit accreditor of health and human service providers and networks, such as rehabilitation services, aging services, behavioral health services, employment and community services and more. Eligible organizations can receive accreditation for a period of either one, two or three years.