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Penn Foundation’s Recovery Center Awarded Three-Year Accreditation by CARF International

Penn Foundation’s John W. and Emily Clemens Recovery Center has been accredited by CARF International (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) for a period of three years for its inpatient drug and alcohol programs:


  • Detoxification: Alcohol and Other Drugs/Addictions (Adults)
  • Detoxification: Integrated Alcohol and Other Drugs/ Mental Health (Adults)
  • Inpatient Treatment: Alcohol and Other Drugs/Addictions (Adults)
  • Inpatient Treatment: Alcohol and Other Drugs/ Mental Health (Adults)


The latest accreditation is the fourth consecutive Three-Year Accreditation that the international accrediting body has awarded to Penn Foundation’s Recovery Center.


“It is very gratifying to have such a rigorous external review affirm that our drug and alcohol services are robust and consistently meeting our goal to help individuals and their families in our community affected by addiction,” says Marianne Gilson, Executive Director of Quality and Operations at Penn Foundation.


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


CARF is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body whose mission is to promote quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process that centers on enhancing the lives of the persons served. Founded in 1966 as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities and now known as CARF, the accrediting body establishes consumer-focused standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their programs and service. For more information, visit


Founded in 1955 and located on a 30-acre campus in Sellersville, Pennsylvania, Penn Foundation is a not-for-profit organization providing innovative services to address the mental health, substance use, and intellectual disability needs of individuals in our community. The agency serves over 10,000 children, adolescents, and adults each year, offering a wide-range of distinct programs designed to meet various types and levels of mental, emotional, behavioral, and spiritual healthcare needs. Penn Foundation’s tradition of compassionate care combined with a strong belief in the healing power of hope and the possibility of recovery enables it to help individuals navigate their lives with confidence, conviction, and courage.


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