United Cerebral Palsy of MetroBoston currently holds a Three-Year Accreditation from CARF International in the following Programs:

  • Community Housing
  • Community Housing (Medically Fragile)
  • Community Integration
  • Community Integration (Medically Fragile)
  • Supported Living
  • Adult Family Care

What is CARF?
CARF International is an independent, nonprofit accreditor of health and human services providers in the areas of Aging Services, Behavioral Health, Child and Youth Services, Durable Medical Equipment, Employment and Community Services, Medical Rehabilitation, Opioid Treatment Programs, and Vision Rehabilitation Services. CARF assists providers in improving the quality of their services by applying sets of quality standards during a consultative on-site survey.

What are the benefits of being CARF accredited?
The benefits of conformance to the CARF standards can be realized by both the organization and its persons served.

For the organization, CARF accreditation is a catalyst for continuous quality improvement. CARF surveyors apply a consultative, rather than inspective, approach. They bring with them not only their own wisdom, but also the experience of similar organizations to promote quality within the industry.

For the consumer, choosing a CARF-accredited program or service can provide confidence that an organization is consumer focused and has met international standards for service delivery.

For more information about CARF International, the standards, or the survey process, visit

Survey and Certification

The survey and certification process was implemented in January, 1994. Survey and certification is the process used by us to license and/or certify the quality of residential, work/day, placement, site based respite and individual support services provided to individuals with mental retardation who live in Massachusetts.

The Office of Quality Enhancement (OQE) within the Office of Quality Management is responsible for the implementation of the survey and certification process. This section has been developed in order to share important information regarding the licensure/certification process with the broader community. From this site you can access the Quick Guide to the licensure and certification process, the complete version of the Citizen Involvement Guide, Training Materials, and Licensure and Certification Guidelines, interpretations and responses.

For more information about the Survey and Certification process, please visit