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Rowan Vocational earns national accreditation

Rowan Vocational earns national accreditation

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Rowan Vocational Opportunities Inc. has earned national accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. This accreditation applies to its facilities in Rowan and Cabarrus counties.

CARF utilizes an intensive and thorough audit, survey, inspection and review of the agency’s policies, procedures and trainings, as well as consumer and staff records. CARF certification encompasses a wide range of mental health services and facilities, including individual service providers within the facilities. Particular emphasis is placed on health and safety, inspections, drills, activities, various staff and consumer trainings, critical incident reporting and service delivery.

CARF grants three types of accreditations: provisional, one year and three year. The Rowan and Cabarrus facilities received the three-year accreditation for successfully obtaining the highest compliance rating.

The facilities have both been deemed essential mental health services and are continuing to operate effectively. Gary Yelton, executive director of the local facilities, said, “We are extremely pleased with the accreditation of both facilities in Rowan County and Cabarrus County. The three-year accreditation substantiates our commitment, accountability and responsibility to our consumers, staff, many community businesses and organizations who support our important work.”

Skip Kraft, who serves as operations manager at the Cabarrus County facility, said: “It was an outstanding team effort by our staff and administration at both facilities.”

Rowan Vocational Opportunities Inc. was founded in 1966 to provide vocational and life skills training for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. For more information, call Wilson Cherry, RVO director of community affairs, at 704-633-6223, ext. 113.

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