The Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities has granted ProAct an extension of three years, the longest term given by the worldwide body

ProAct, Inc., which provides employment and life enrichment services to people with disabilities and other barriers to employment, has received another three-year accreditation for its employment services from CARF, the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.  The three-year accreditation is the highest level that can be awarded to an organization and shows its adherence to CARF standards in the way it provides its services.

In its report following an intensive peer review survey, CARF cited a number of strengths of the nonprofit ProAct organization, including its “outstanding services” in employment planning, employee development, organizational employment, community employment and community integration.

“What really matters is- Are people’s lives better because of what ProAct does?” asked CARF Administrative Surveyor Kathy Walter. “Without a doubt, from what we have seen, that is what is happening. That is a noble, noble mission that you strive for every day.”

ProAct President and CEO Steven Ditschler said the results of the recent CARF survey were a reflection of the combined efforts of everyone involved. “The successful delivery of person-centered outcomes is dependent on our staff, family members, guardians, board members, employers, business partners, residential providers and the communities in which we operate,” said Ditschler.

During the course of the accreditation review, CARF surveyors visited ProAct’s facilities in Eagan, Red Wing and Zumbrota, all in Minnesota, and in Hudson, Wisconsin.  The surveyors sampled the views of the people served by ProAct, family members, community leaders, public agency representatives and employees.

The programs accredited are community employment services—Employment Supports and Job Development, Community Integration, Employee Development Services, Employment Planning Services and Organizational Employment Services.

Headquartered in Eagan, ProAct serves people with developmental and other disabilities, brain injuries and other barriers to employment and community inclusion.  Most of the people served are from the Twin Cities area, southeast Minnesota and western Wisconsin.