Accreditations & Licenses

The Children’s Institute's Inpatient and Outpatient Rehabilitation Programs continue to maintain accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) as Pediatric Specialty Programs. CARF accreditation is the gold standard among leading rehabilitation facilities.

We currently have four CARF accreditations

  • Pediatric Specialty Program in Comprehensive Integrated Inpatient Rehabilitation (only one in PA, one of twenty-nine 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


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

    • These programs are committed to quality improvement by applying the CARF standards and collecting outcomes data to continuously improve programs and services.

    • Accreditation lets families seeking services know that we have demonstrated commitment to internationally accepted standards.

    • CARF standards are patient-focused, which aligns with our emphasis on an individualized approach to services and outcomes.

    • Standards also encourage management techniques that are based on outcomes and consumer satisfaction, and which strive for efficiency and cost-effectiveness.

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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