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SunHawk Adolescent Recovery Center awarded CARF accreditation

October 1, 2010
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St. George, UT — CARF International has announced that SunHawk Adolescent Recovery Center (“SunHawk”), a licensed adolescent substance abuse residential treatment center for teens ages 13-17, has been accredited for a period of three years. This is the first accreditation that the international accrediting body has awarded to SunHawk.

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

“We congratulate SunHawk for their achievement of CARF accreditation,” said Phil Herschman, president of Aspen Education Group, the parent company of SunHawk. “SunHawk focuses on the rehabilitation of teens struggling with alcohol and substance use, so acquiring CARF accreditation was very important to us and an achievement that we appreciate for its reflection on our top-notch services.”

The CARF accrediting officials found strengths in many areas of SunHawk’s operations, noting that “staff members are dedicated and professional” as well as “genuine and caring when providing services to the persons served.” Officials added, “There is a strong sense of teamwork among the multidisciplinary team.”

SunHawk was recognized for encouraging teens to develop their own sense of spirituality “including participation in many community projects and the 12-Step program.” Officials noted that “family involvement is highly encouraged” and that “staff members maintain clear and open communication with families.”

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