Accreditations & Licenses

The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh has been continuously accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) since 1968. We are the only hospital in Pennsylvania accredited by CARF as a Comprehensive Integrated Inpatient Rehabilitation Program with Pediatric Specialty Program designation. CARF accreditation is the gold standard among leading rehabilitation facilities. It demonstrates our commitment to providing quality services, focusing on the unique needs of each patient/family, and continually evaluating the results of our services.

We currently have four CARF accreditations

  • Pediatric Specialty Program in Comprehensive Integrated Inpatient Rehabilitation (only one in PA, one of twenty in the US)

  • Pediatric Specialty Program in Comprehensive Integrated Inpatient Rehabilitation – Brain Injury Specialty Program (only one in PA, one of eight in the US)

  • Pediatric Specialty Program in Single Discipline Outpatient Medical Rehabilitation Programs (one of three in PA)

  • Comprehensive Integrated Inpatient Rehabilitation

The Significance and Importance of a CARF Accreditation

Accredited programs undergo an external independent review to identify strengths, along with areas for improvement, based on objective expectations and guidelines that are common to all CARF-accredited programs.

These standards create a baseline for collecting outcomes data to improve programs and services

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  • Accreditation offers assurance to patients and families that we have demonstrated compliance with internationally accepted standards.
  • Standards are person-focused, which emphasizes an integrated and individualized approach to services and outcomes.
  • Standards encourage management techniques that are efficient, cost-effective, and based on outcomes and consumer satisfaction.

Additional Credentials and Licenses maintained by The Children’s Institute

  • Pennsylvania Department of Health
  • Pennsylvania Department of Education
  • Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare
  • Allegheny County Mental Health/Intellectual Disability Program
  • National Commission for the Accreditation of Special Educations Services

Additional organizations with which The Children’s Institute is affiliated

  • Hospital Trustee Association (HTA)
  • Hospital Council of Western Pennsylvania (HCWP)
  • American Hospital Association (AHA)
  • Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP)
  • Children’s Hospital Association (CHA)
  • The Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association (RCPA)
  • Advisory Board on Autism Related Disorders (ABOARD)
  • Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
  • Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE)
  • National Association of Private Special Education Centers (NAPSEC)
  • Alliance of Approved Private Schools (AAPS)
  • American Association of School Administrators (AASA)
  • State-Wide Adoption Network (SWAN)
  • International Pediatric Rehabilitation Collaborative (IPRC)

The Children’s Institute maintains a strong commitment to ensuring that high-quality care is the foundation for each and every interaction. It does not stop with continuously improving services that are provided to our patients and their families — but carries through to internal processes, promoting collaboration among departments and supporting our strategic goals. We believe that a culture deeply rooted in quality at all levels will help to provide an environment rich in resources for the children we serve.

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