(Chicago) – A top national certification group has granted its coveted “gold seal of approval” to TASC for the agency’s ability to “adroitly” “weather very difficult economic times” while preserving its “pattern of practice excellence” in the provision of its criminal justice services.
CARF International announced on October 9 that TASC has been accredited for another three years for alcohol, drug and other addiction services provided to those involved in the Illinois courts and corrections system.
“This achievement is an indication of your organization’s dedication and commitment to improving the quality of the lives of the persons served,” wrote Dr. Brian J. Boon, CARF president and CEO. “Services, personnel, and documentation clearly indicate an established pattern of practice excellence. Your organization should take pride in achieving this high level of accreditation.”
An organization receiving a CARF three-year accreditation has put itself through a “rigorous peer review process” and has demonstrated to a team of surveyors during on-site visits that its programs and services are of the “highest quality, measurable, and accountable,” according to CARF.
CARF’s report applauded TASC for maintaining its programs amidst Illinois’ ongoing financial turmoil.
“The organization has had to weather very difficult economic times and has done so adroitly and with much forethought,” the report stated. “As a result, the organization has been able to salvage programs, retain most staff, and continue most services.”
The Arizona-based accrediting organization also highlighted the importance of TASC services in helping justice-involved individuals to secure necessary addiction treatment care and recovery support.
“The organization provides services to a segment of the population that has been traditionally underserved and is committed to providing services that truly make a difference in the persons’ lives,” CARF’s report said.
TASC’s president credited all levels of the TASC operation for winning the organization’s fifth CARF accreditation.
“From our board of directors to our management to our direct care staff, TASC is wedded 365 days a year to our mission, to our values, and to our commitment to provide quality services and measurable results for our clients and their families, and to be accountable to Illinois taxpayers,” said TASC President Pamela Rodriguez. “This renewed accreditation is well-earned, and affirms our intention and success in continually learning and improving.”
TASC, a statewide, nonprofit organization with administrative offices at 1500 N. Halsted Street in Chicago, has been placing people into rehabilitative programs across Illinois since 1976. TASC has more than 310 employees who reach approximately 29,000 adults and youth across the state each year.
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 that centers on enhancing the lives of the persons served. Founded in 1966 as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, and now known as CARF, the accrediting body establishes consumer-focused standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their programs and services.