Press Release: CO-OP Awarded CARF Accreditation and DDS Licensing & Certification


October 30, 2018

CO-OP Awarded CARF Accreditation and DDS Licensing & Certification  

North Dighton — Cooperative Production, Inc. (“CO-OP”) successfully completed CARF International  accreditation as well as Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services (“DDS”) licensing and certification for its day habilitation, residential and employment services programs offered by the Taunton-area agency.

CARF announced that CO-OP has been accredited for a period of three years for its Day Habilitation services. This accreditation decision represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and shows CO-OP’s substantial conformance to the CARF standards. This is the ninth consecutive time CO-OP received such recognition.

In addition, a recently completed DDS licensing and certification survey resulted in a renewal of two year licensure for the Agency’s Residential, Community-Based Day Services and Employment Services. Since CO-OP achieved a two-year license during its last full survey two years ago, we were eligible to elect a self-assessment option that includes a rigorous peer review process, accompanied by a targeted review by DDS surveyors. Once again, CO-OP received the highest level of confidence from DDS.

According to CO-OP President Joyce Faria, “As we enter our fifth decade of serving individuals in Southeastern Massachusetts, we remain committed to providing quality day-to-day services while simultaneously developing new programs and services to meet future needs of people in our community. All of us at CO-OP remain dedicated to supporting the personal goals of each person who walks through our doors. It is indeed rewarding to have both DDS and CARF acknowledge excellence and we are very proud of the work done every day at CO-OP.”

CO-OP has assisted people with developmental and other disabilities, including brain injuries, become valued members of their communities since 1972 with programs that are person-centered, embracing the vision, interests and support needs of each person. All of the agency’s programs provide access to a wide range of clinical resources, including nursing and healthcare services; occupational, physical, and speech therapies; counseling and behavioral support; and assistive technology to help ensure the greatest level of personal fulfillment and community participation possible.

CARF is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body whose mission is to promote the 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 services.

For additional information on CO-OP, contact Jeanne Connolly at or 508-824-1717 X107.

About CO-OP

CO-OP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization supporting local citizens with developmental and other disabilities, including brain injuries, in a variety of residential and day programs, employment supports, and clinical services. Founded in 1972 and currently serving approximately 300 individuals and family members in Southeastern Massachusetts, CO-OP’s mission focuses on individualized services and community participation.