Salinas’ Door To Hope Receives Accreditation From World’s Leading Independent Accreditor Of Health and Human Services Providers


From left to right in front: Chris Shannon, Executive Director and Kathy Burrola, MFT, Clinical Director
From left to right in back: Valerie Catania, Quality Manager and John De Miranda, Ed. M., LAADC, Associate Director

SALINAS, CA. — Door to Hope, a longtime Salinas behavioral health services agency, recently received accreditation from one of the world’s leading independent accreditors of health and human service providers.

Door to Hope received its accreditation May 2015 from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF International), an international independent, nonprofit accreditor of health and human services providers, whose U.S. headquarters is based in Tucson, Az., but has branches worldwide.

CARF International accreditation provides a visible symbol that assures the public of a provider’s commitment to continually enhancing the quality of its services and programs with a focus on the satisfaction of the persons they serve.

Accreditation by CARF, whose standards have been developed over 40-plus years by international teams of service providers, policy makers, family members, and consumers, means that Door to Hope is being recognized for their ongoing innovation and continued conformance to exemplary quality standards.

“We are excited and honored to be accredited by CARF because this confirms that we are not only committed to quality improvement, but that we focus on the unique needs of each person we serve and we monitor the results of those services,” said Executive Director Chris Shannon. “This helps us to continue to provide high quality behavioral health services for everyone, regardless of their ability to pay.”

CARF accreditation is for a three-year period, after which Door to Hope would need to reapply to continue accreditation.

“This is independent validation of what we have always known,” added Shannon. “Door to Hope does high-quality work and helps many in need. This is the first time we have applied for accreditation and received it. The fact that it was for three years speaks to our preparation and the quality of work we do.”

Door to Hope opened its doors in Salinas in 1971 as a residential treatment center for women struggling with alcohol and drug addiction. Over the years the nonprofit agency expanded its services and now helps provide infants, children, teenagers, men, women and families much-needed behavioral health service programs — restoring hope, happiness and productivity in the process.

Door to Hope has seven sites in Salinas — three residential and four outpatient facilities — with a staff of 75, which includes physicians, physicians’ assistants, licensed therapists, psychologists and other care providers.

Currently Door to Hope partners with First 5 Monterey County, but as with any nonprofit, it also relies on donations from the community to help sustain its programs.

“Today, we have 10 caring programs to help infants, children, teenagers, men, women and families,” said Shannon. “We have helped thousands of people, restored hope, happiness and productivity, and have enriched our communities in the process.”

For more information on Door to Hope, go to

About CARF
CARF is an independent, nonprofit organization focused on advancing the quality of services providers use to meet their needs for the best possible outcomes.

CARF provides accreditation services worldwide at the request of health and human service providers, whether they are seeking rehabilitation for a disability, treatment for addiction and substance abuse, home and community services, retirement living, or other health and human services. Providers that meet CARF standards have demonstrated their commitment to being among the best available.

Founded in 1966 as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, CARF International is an independent, nonprofit accreditor of health and human services in the following areas:

  • Aging Services
  • Behavioral Health
  • Opioid Treatment Program
  • Business and Services Management Networks
  • Child and Youth Services
  • Employment and Community Services
  • One-Stop Career Centers
  • Vision Rehabilitation Services
  • Medical Rehabilitation
  • DMEPOS (Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies)

The CARF International group of companies currently accredits more than 50,000 programs and services at 23,000 locations. More than 8 million persons of all ages are served annually by 6,800 CARF-accredited service providers.

CARF accreditation extends to countries in North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa.

For more information on CARF, go to

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