Turn-About Ranch Awarded Three-Year CARF Accreditation

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Accrediting officials say the residential program for troubled teens should be “commended on its unique offering” in an “effective, creative and therapeutic manner,” note that “families report a high level of satisfaction” and “level of student progress” at the Ranch

Turn-About Ranch: Real Ranch, Real Values, Real Change

Turn-About Ranch offers families a unique model to address their teens’ issues; this accreditation shows that we take the responsibility of caring for and helping adolescents seriously.

CARF International has announced that Turn-About Ranch, a licensed residential treatment program for adolescents, has been accredited for a period of three years. This is the first accreditation that the international accrediting body has awarded to Turn-About Ranch.

This accreditation decision represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and shows Turn-About Ranch’s substantial conformance to the CARF standards. An organization receiving a three-year accreditation has put itself through a rigorous peer review process and has demonstrated to a team of surveyors during an on-site visit that its programs and services are of the highest quality, measurable, and accountable.

“We are very proud of Turn-About Ranch and its staff for their achievement of CARF accreditation,” said Phil Herschman, president of Aspen Education Group, the parent company of Turn-About Ranch. “Turn-About Ranch offers families a unique model to address their teens’ issues; this accreditation shows that we take the responsibility of caring for and helping adolescents seriously.”

The CARF accrediting officials found strengths in many areas of Turn-About Ranch’s operations, noting that the program’s “management team demonstrates teamwork, collaboration, and good communication, creating a work environment that benefits [students].” The CARF report went on to say that families and students “express high levels of satisfaction with the services provided and the respect shown by program personnel” and that students “report feeling safe; supported; and treated with compassion, caring, and respect by all staff members.”

CARF officials paid special attention to the Ranch’s picturesque natural environment, saying “it serves as a conduit for these youths in tapping into a new awareness of their potential and abilities that otherwise would not have happened in their original home settings.” The officials commend Turn-About Ranch “on its unique offering of a ranch lifestyle approach to treating youths with co-occurring disorders and behavioral issues in an effective, creative, and therapeutic manner that clearly is well received by the persons served.”

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.

Turn-About Ranch is residential treatment program for teens who exhibit rebellious, self-centered, and/or manipulative behaviors. Set on a real working cattle ranch, trained staff teach traditional ethics and morals to remind troubled teens how important the values of honesty, respect, teamwork, and accountability are to their success. This combination of a real ranch and real values contribute to real change when students learn the value of a day’s work, experience the power of working in cooperation with others, and develop stronger senses of accountability, respect, and compassion. For more information, visit http://www.turnaboutranch.com.

Turn-About Ranch is a program of Aspen Education Group, the nation’s leading provider of therapeutic education programs for struggling or underachieving young people. Aspen’s services range from short-term intervention programs to residential treatment, and include a variety of therapeutic settings such as boarding schools, outdoor behavioral health programs and special needs summer camps, allowing professionals and families the opportunity to choose the best setting to meet a student’s unique academic and emotional needs. Aspen is a proud member of the National Association of Therapeutic School and Programs (NATSAP). Aspen is a member of CRC Health Group, the nation’s largest chemical dependency and related behavioral health organization. Since 1995, CRC Health has been achieving successful outcomes for individuals and families. For more information, visit http://www.crchealth.com.

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