WestCare Pacific Islands is now accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities or CARF.
WestCare Pacific Islands is a local non-profit organization that provides behavioral health services to vulnerable populations on Guam. The organization offers services for veterans, persons with mental illnesses, the homeless, youth and those who may be afflicted with HIV/AIDS. The accreditation it has received is good for three years or until November 20th of 2020. The accreditation applies to its support services for veteran families program, its Guam healthy relationships education program, it’s personal responsibility education program and the Guahan project. The accreditation means they meet or exceed national standards of excellence and it will help them to get more grant funding.
“It will provide us greater opportunity to apply for multi-year grants and other grants. It is a trend in some areas including the United States that federal and local governments only do business with accredited entities. So, it is a way to gauge the level of commitment of an organization to transparency and accountability and just good governance,” said WestCare Pacific Islands Senior Vice-President Sarah Thomas Nededog.
WPI now joins Sanctuary inc., the Guam Behavioral Health and Wellness Center and the Veterans Administration in receiving nationally recognized accreditation but it is the first HIV and AIDS service organization in the region to receive CARF accreditation.