Our Youth TimeBanking program received exemplary recognition from CARF.
Excerpt: CARF Accreditation Report: Page 8, April 2019.
Monmouth Cares, Inc. also demonstrated exemplary conformance to the standards as set forth below. Recognition of exemplary conformance indicates a practice that produces outstanding business or clinical results and/or is innovative or creative and beneficial to be shared with the field.
MonmouthCares has implemented a variety of practices in the individualized plan, including Youth TimeBanking (YTB), an innovative approach linked to the wraparound model to foster community connections and informal supports that are reflective of the informed choice of the child/youth served and his/her parent(s)/legal guardian, if applicable. The plan is based on the child’s/youth's strengths, needs, abilities, and preferences and specific service objectives that are reflective of the voice and choice of the child/youth and family served and the service team. As the model is strengths-based, plans are individualized and responsive to the person’s disabilities/disorders or concerns.
A Youth/Family TimeBank Passport documents goals and tangible and intangible rewards, leading to enhanced personal support systems through relationships and community connections. Thus, plans are understandable, measurable, and achievable. Families and youth report high levels of overall satisfaction with the program and increased access to community resources.
MonmouthCares’ YTB program is based on a TimeBanking concept created by Edgar Cahn in 1980 and used worldwide. MonmouthCares’ success with the program has resulted in implementation in other case management organizations in the state as well as at state, regional, and national professional conferences addressing best practices and innovative uses of technology; e.g., “Youth TimeBanking Presents: Help Your Youth Build a Community Plan” (Family Based Services Association of New Jersey); “Wraparound and Youth TimeBanking: A Tool for Increasing Youth Participation in Transition/Community Planning”; and 14th Annual Transformational Collaborative Outcomes Management Conference, October 3 – 5, 2018. This system demonstrates outstanding results; reported satisfaction among youth, families, and care providers; and the use of innovation and community transition.
CARF International, a group of companies that includes CARF Canada and CARF Europe, is an independent, nonprofit accreditor of health and human services. Founded in 1966 as the Commission on Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities, the accrediting body is now known as CARF. www.carf.org. All of MonmouthCares' programs including our Care Management and Health and Wellness Team have received the highest level (Three-Year) accreditation from CARF.