WMU News

CDS given glowing review and reaccreditation

June 6, 2003

KALAMAZOO -- The Western Michigan University Center of Disability Services has been given a glowing review as part of a three-year reaccreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.

To obtain the CARF accreditation, CDS had to pass an in-depth review of its services and meet rigorous commission guidelines for service and quality.

"This is a qualified endorsement that we conform to nationally and internationally recognized service standards," says Carol Sundberg, director of CDS and the WMU Unified Clinics.

CARF is an independent, not-for-profit accrediting body devoted to promoting quality, value and optimal service outcomes through an accreditation process that centers on enhancing the lives of those receiving services. The commission noted that CDS "should take pride in achieving this high level of accreditation," and that "this achievement is an indication of your organization's dedication and commitment to improving the quality of the lives of the people receiving services." CDS also was cited for its responsiveness to community needs; its ability to build alliances and partnerships in the community; and its committed, passionate, and enthusiastic staff members.

In the area of community services, the center was granted accreditation for personal and social services and respite, while in the area of medical rehabilitation programs, CDS received accreditation in outpatient medical rehabilitation. Accreditation also was given to CDS' Adult Day Service, a program offered through the Alliance for Community Supports.

"We are proud of our accreditation and particularly our new accreditation for our senior services in the area of adult day care," Sundberg says. "We are the first program for seniors of this type to receive CARF accreditation in Michigan, from the information we have been able to gather."

The center is part of the College of Health and Human Services at WMU and is located in the WMU Unified Clinics at 1000 Oakland Drive and at 6857 West Main Street, where it manages its community services. It is funded by Kalamazoo Community Mental Health Services and the Greater Kalamazoo United Way.

CDS has served the Kalamazoo and surrounding area since 1981, providing person-centered care, education, and support services to its clients. CDS works to assist people with significant disabilities to become more integrated in the life of the community.

For more information, call (269) 387-7175.

Media contact: Mark Schwerin, 269 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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