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CLC awarded 3-year CARF Accreditation

CARF International recently announced that the Charles Lea Center has been accredited for a period of three years for the following programs: Supported Living, Community Employment Services (Customized Career Network), Employment and Training, Service Coordination and Governance.

“The accreditation is an affirmation of the dedication and commitment of our board and staff which have a strong commitment to improving the lives of the people served and delivering exceptional services,” said Charles Lea Center Executive Director Gerald Bernard, Ed.D.

This accreditation decision represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and shows the organization’s substantial conformance to the CARF standards. An organization receiving a three-year accreditation has put itself through a rigorous peer review process. It has demonstrated to a team of surveyors from across the country its commitment to offering programs and services that are measurable, accountable, and of the highest quality

The announcement came after months of preparation and in-depth examinations by independent surveyors who visited the Charles Lea Center and conducted many interviews with staff, board members as well as men and women who receive services. In addition, they reviewed policies, procedures and observed staff at work.

A list of strengths highlighted by the surveyors in their final report included 22 areas that were given exemplary (the highest ranking) status. A few of these included:

-The organization provides supported living supports that provide a continuum of residential services. They give a person who would not typically live alone the ability to realize their dreams and live independently through the use of technology; the organization bridges the gap from congregate living to independent living.

-The WorkAbility facility provides a pleasant, accessible and safe environment in which to provide services. The facility is well maintained and promotes a positive image for the organization.

-The organization has a dedicated and capable staff that is committed to serving persons with long-standing challenges and barriers to employment. Staff work consistently to improve services and outcomes for the persons served.

Welcome to the Charles Lea Center

The Charles Lea Center is a haven for more than 1,400 individuals - newborns to seniors - and their families, at two campuses and 60 group homes in Spartanburg County. As a vital community resource, it provides services that often cannot be found elsewhere in the Upstate. The Center employs approximately 500 individuals and this staff is is committed to providing the most compassionate services and developing opportunities that wlll lead to an improved quality of life for the folks in which they serve.

History
For more than 40 years, the Center has been the place to turn for innovative services and expert care for those with disabilities and chronic medical conditions in Spartanburg County. It has grown from an agency with 275 individuals and a budget of $500,000 in 1971 to a budget surpassing $24 million. The Center is the county's second-largest nonprofit (after Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System) and is a driving force in Spartanburg County's economy.

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