Chapel Haven has once again earned the highest level of accreditation by CARF – a three-year term of accreditation, demonstrating that Chapel Haven’s model of service meets the highest international benchmarks of excellence.
“We are pleased to once again earn the CARF designation of approval,” said Chapel Haven President Michael Storz. “CARF’s experienced surveyors did a rigorous job of visiting our campus over a three day period, evaluating our services, staffing and documentation. I am proud that CARF concluded that Chapel Haven has an ongoing dedication and commitment to provide the best quality services to our adults.”
This latest accreditation is the sixth consecutive CARF accreditation that has been awarded to Chapel Haven. Sherry Robitaille, Chapel Haven’s Director of Quality Assurance, facilitated Chapel Haven’s participation and did a great job.
Chapel Haven earned the designation through a rigorous peer review process, demonstrating to a team of surveyors during an on-site survey that Chapel Haven is committed to meeting CARF’s standards of excellence in all areas of programming.
Among CARF’s finding, the surveyors commended Chapel Haven for a number of strengths:
• Chapel Haven’s mission and core values are expressed clearly and serve as guiding principles for day-to-day operations
• Chapel Haven’s President was commended as “vibrant, ambitious and accessible” to staff and persons served and “a culture of teamwork, cooperation and open communication is evidenced throughout the organization.”
• CARF found Chapel Haven’s staff to be “caring professionals who are very responsive to accommodating the unique and varied needs of persons served. The enthusiasm with which the staff members do their work is impressive and infectious.”
• Chapel Haven was cited for its unique program at Yale-New Haven Hospital, Project PAVE (Partnership for Achievement Through Vocational Experience). The surveyors found that allowing Chapel Haven adults to spend a year learning skills and developing job readiness by working in hospital departments at Yale-New Haven Hospital readies them for job placement when the program is done.
• Chapel Haven is widely recognized and respected for providing educational, vocational and residential supports for individuals with a variety of disabilities. “The organization employs a holistic approach to services that emphasizes empowerment and ensures that individual served and their families have the necessary supports…to be successful in all phases of their lives.”
• Chapel Haven was cited for having successful partnerships with many community organizations and for providing a wide variety of course offerings, including adult continuing education. CARF was impressed with courses that include self-care, current events, recreation, money management, self advocacy and social interactions.
About Chapel Haven
Founded in 1972, Chapel Haven has been changing lives for adults with disabilities for 44 years. This award-winning non-profit teaches adults with developmental and social disabilities to live independent and productive lives through a nationally accredited transitional living program and approved private special education school. A new $41.5 million capital campaign will entail a campus transformation and the addition of a senior living facility, allowing senior members of the community to continue to live among friends and with independence. Chapel Haven serves more than 250 adults (18 years of age and older) in the residence and the community with three distinct programs; REACH, Asperger’s Syndrome Adult Transition (ASAT), and Chapel Haven West (Tucson, AZ)
The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) is a nonprofit accreditor founded in 1966 that serves a wide range of human service organizations.
For more information about the accreditation process, please visit the CARF website at