May Institute Home-based and School Consultation Services Earn National Accreditation
Randolph, Mass. –
May Institute’s home-based and school consultation services in Massachusetts, Georgia, North Carolina, and Virginia have been re-accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).
May Institute is a national nonprofit organization that serves individuals across the lifespan with autism and a variety of special needs. Through its home-based consultation services in applied behavior analysis, May Institute helps families develop effective strategies to support their children’s development in the home and community. Through its school consultation services, it provides training and consultation to administrators, teachers, and students at several hundred school systems each year.
CARF accreditation represents the highest level of compliance and is granted to organizations that meet high standards established by the Commission. The three-year re-accreditation of May Institute’s home-based and school consultation 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.
CARF investigators had high praise for consultation staff members, noting, “May Institute home-based and school consultation services benefit from a cadre of confident and capable staff members that demonstrate distributed leadership skills and genuine compassion for the persons served and family members it works with.”
The accreditation report also cited feedback from parents served indicating that “involvement with the organization’s services has not only made a difference in the lives of their families, but has also given them hope and increased their ability to communicate with their child, the feeling that they are able to do things as a family, and that they are able to keep their children safe.”
The report also recognized May Institute for its accomplishments and continuing work in a number of additional areas, including:
- ongoing development of a new strategic plan;
- diversity and inclusion initiatives;
- efforts to improve response rates to satisfaction surveys;
- employee recruitment and retention efforts; and
- the launch of Central Reach, an electronic records system.
“I am delighted with the results of our most recent CARF review and proud of our home-based and school consultation services staff,” said May Institute President and CEO Lauren C. Solotar, Ph.D., ABPP. “The praise they received is well-deserved. I was also pleased that CARF reviewers recognized our Board for its diversity.”
The report commended May Institute for demonstrating exemplary conformance to CARF standards through its decision to send clinicians to Oman recently to present information about the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule. The National Autism Center at May Institute was selected by the U.S. State Department’s Speaker Program to provide training and consultation in applied behavior analysis and autism spectrum disorder in both Oman and Dubai.
About May Institute
May Institute is an award-winning nonprofit organization with more than 60 years of experience in serving children and adults with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities, brain injury and neurobehavioral disorders, and behavioral health needs. The organization provides educational, rehabilitative, and behavioral healthcare services to individuals, as well as training and consultation services to professionals, organizations, and public school systems. At more than 140 service locations across the country, highly trained staff work to create new and more effective ways to meet the special needs of individuals and families across the lifespan. For more information, call 800.778.7601 or visit www.mayinstitute.org