May Institute Earns National Accreditation for Services for Adults with Developmental Disabilities


Randolph, Mass. – May Institute’s adult services, which include community housing and community integration in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Florida, have again received a full three-year accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) following an intensive review by a team of surveyors.

May Institute is a national nonprofit human services organization that serves individuals of all ages with a range of special needs, including autism and other developmental disabilities. The organization’s adult services include more than 100 residential group homes and supported living apartments, shared living , and day habilitation programs.

CARF accreditation represents the highest level of compliance and is granted to organizations that exhibit substantial fulfillment of standards established by the Commission. The three-year re-accreditation of May Institute’s adult services resulted from a rigorous peer review process and the organization’s demonstration that it continues to achieve the highest levels of quality, measurability, and accountability.

“This achievement is an indication of your organization’s dedication and commitment to improving the quality of the lives of the persons served,” wrote Brian J. Boon, Ph.D., CARF’s President and CEO, in a letter to May Institute. “Services, personnel, and documentation clearly indicate an established pattern of conformance to standards.”

The CARF accreditation report commended May Institute for doing an exceptional job of providing a home environment for men and women served and noted that the individuals expressed how happy they are and how much they love being a part of the organization. According to the report, “They were excited to talk about the myriad of activities in which they were involved and about their favorite things.” 

May received special commendation for the remote learning opportunities it provided during the pandemic. The accreditation report noted, “Persons served who could no longer attend the day programs due to the COVID-19 pandemic were provided with inventive options for virtual learning.” Also, “The curriculum for both in-class and virtual learning at the day habilitation centers is outstanding, including the use of innovative technologies and the applications to assist in at-home learning.”

May employees, President and CEO Lauren C. Solotar, Ph.D., ABPP, and May’s Board of Directors  received high praise. “The staff members are knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and dedicated to the persons served. Teamwork is readily apparent, as staff members expressed praise for their teammates and extreme dedication to delivering quality services.” In addition, the report recognized May Institute for its attention to cultural diversity and its mentorship program for staff members.

“I am extremely pleased with the results of our most recent CARF review and another three-year accreditation for our adult services programs,” said May Institute’s Chief Operating Officer, Debra Blair, M.B.A., CMA, CPA. “The commendation of our staff members is well-deserved; they do an outstanding job.”

About May Institute
May Institute is a nonprofit organization that is a national leader in the field of applied behavior analysis, serving individuals with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities, brain injury and neurobehavioral disorders and other special needs. Founded more than 65 years ago, we provide a wide range of exceptional educational and rehabilitative services across the lifespan. For more information, call 800.778.7601 or visit

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