New Directions for Women is internationally accredited with the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). The mission of CARF is to promote the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through accreditation that centers on enhancing the lives of the persons served. Accreditation was awarded after we passed an in-depth review of our drug and alcohol treatment services and demonstrated that they meet CARF’s internationally recognized standards.

New Directions for Women welcomed Linda Prince and Anne Benion from CARF International in the summer of 2013 for our third, triennial accreditation survey. CARF states that “Accreditation demonstrates a provider’s commitment to continuously improve service quality and to focus on the satisfaction of the persons served.” New Directions for Women is committed to quality and the CARF standards are woven into every business and clinical practice.

CARF International announced that New Directions for Women has been accredited for a period of three years for its Residential and Intensive Outpatient programs. The latest accreditation is the third consecutive Three-Year Accreditation that the international accrediting body, CARF, has awarded to New Directions for Women.

As of this writing, in Orange County, CA there are 239 licensed/certified drug and alcohol treatment facilities (Residential/Detox and Outpatient settings), of those, only 15 are accredited by CARF. At the center of the CARF standards is the person served. New Directions for Women is set apart from other drug treatment centers in the sunny Southern California because of our commitment to quality and improving the quality of life for the person served.

The accreditation survey is intended to be consultative rather than inspective. CARF surveyors work in the field and intimately understand the unique needs and challenges of the treatment environment. Overall, the staff at New Directions for Women enjoyed the experience. The surveyors indicated at the Exit Conference that New Directions for Women offers quality services and they were impressed overall.

This accreditation decision represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and shows the organization’s substantial conformance to the CARF standards. An organization receiving a Three-Year Accreditation has put itself through a rigorous peer review process. It has demonstrated to the team of surveyors during the on-site visit its commitment to offering programs and services that are measurable, accountable, and of the highest quality.

Being CARF accredited means that New Directions’ adheres to best practices within the addiction treatment industry.  You can have confidence in your decision for treatment at New Directions for yourself or your loved one that the quality of care is unsurpassed and that our results far exceed the national average.

CARF is headquartered in Tucson, AZ. For more information about the accreditation process, please visit the CARF website at


New Directions for Women is fully licensed and certified by the California Department of Health Care Services and is monitored by the Substance Use Disorder Division of that Department. New Directions for Women is licensed and certified to provide Residential substance use disorder treatment services for up to 30 women on our campus as well as social model detoxification services. In addition to our residential program, New Directions for Women is also certified to provide Intensive Outpatient and Day Treatment Services.


New Directions for Women is a proud member of the Sober Living Network of California and is an active member of the Sober Living Coalition of Orange County. The Sober Living Network is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting excellence in the operation and management of sober living and other community recovery support resources. The Sober Living Network provides management assistance to five southern California county sober living coalitions, including effective implementation of standards by their members.

New Directions for Women is CARF Accredited
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