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RAP Earns CARF Accreditation

CARF Gold Seal
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Washington, D.C. Treatment Provider Receives 3-Year Accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).

RAP, Gaudenzia’s affiliate program located in Washington DC, has been recognized by the Commission of Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), earning their 3-year accreditation with the independent, nonprofit organization which focuses on quality and results in health and human services organizations.

RAP, which has been serving clients with substance use disorder (SUD) and mental health disorders in the DC area for the past 55 years, provides residential and outpatient addiction treatment services.

“This accreditation signifies RAP’s ongoing commitment to providing exceptional client care for those affected by SUD and co-occurring conditions while pursing excellence in evidence-based treatment,” notes Dr. Dale Klatzker, Gaudenzia President and CEO.  “Our staff’s dedication to our clients and the Washington, D.C. community has saved lives, helping many individuals who are some of the most vulnerable in the District in their journey to achieve long-term recovery.”

According to CARF, “The CARF accreditation process starts with a provider’s commitment to continuous improvement and culminates with external review and recognition that the provider’s business and service practices meet international standards of quality — with all the steps in between focused on optimal outcomes for the persons the provider serves and sustained organizational success.”  The accreditation process involves a rigorous evaluation process including a multi-day onsite assessment from an assigned CARF survey team.

“I am so proud of our RAP Team for continuing to propel our organization forward by working to ensure that all qualifications for this accreditation were met,” notes Kristy Blalock, LCPC, LCADAS, MAC, NCC, BCPC, CADS, Gaudenzia Executive Director for the Chesapeake Region.  “It’s because of our dedicated staff, innovative programming and commitment to care that RAP will continue to save lives as we work to help clients gain long-term recovery from SUD and co-occurring conditions.”

This achievement is particularly poignant and needed now as Washington D.C’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) reports 458 fatal overdoses for the calendar year 2022.

To learn more about our RAP residential program, visit RAP Residential – Gaudenzia or for information on RAP’s Outpatient SUD Treatment services, visit RAP Outpatient SUD Treatment – Gaudenzia.

At Gaudenzia, we are committed to providing support and treatment for substance use disorder and mental health disorder recovery throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.  Our 24-Hour Treatment and Referral HelpLine is available every day of the year to help you and your loved ones in their journey. Call 833.976.HELP (4357) or email [email protected] for more information.

To learn more about CARF and the accreditation process, visit

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