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Friday, April 26, 2013

MORC Receives new three-year accreditation


The Macomb-Oakland Regional Center, which provides services for 5,100 disabled people in Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties, has received its fourth three-year accreditation from CARF, the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, which is based in Tucson, Ariz.
The accreditation, which will extend through 2016, results from findings during CARF's on-site survey to MORC, which has offices in Auburn Hills and Clinton Township, in March 2013.  CARF is the nation's accreditation authority in the fields of medical rehabilitation, behavioral health, employment and community services and its accreditation represents the highest level of endorsement achievable.

 “MORC benefits from dynamic leadership at both the board and administrative level, which has positioned the organization as a leader both in the national and international arenas,” according to the CARF report.  "MORC has been a leader in developing cutting edge approaches, such as Gentle Teaching and the Center for Positive Living Supports." 

Gentle teaching is a method of developing trust between a person with a disability and a caregiver and makes it no longer necessary to use chemical, physical or mechanical restraints to control an individual's behavior, something advocates always considered abhorrent.

The report also goes on to praise MORC's long history of advocacy for persons with developmental disabilities, leadership in the deinstitutionalization movement, and the many innovative ways the organization promotes community inclusion in all aspects of its work.

 “We are proud and honored to receive this prestigious distinction of quality from CARF,” says MORC Executive Director Jerry Provencal.  “We look forward to continuing our work to enhance the lives, freedom and independence of individuals with disabilities throughout the world.”

MORC also is known internationally for developing innovative approaches to help people with disabilities live, work and play in the community.  MORC helped close all 12 institutions in Michigan and has also helped 54 nations, over a quarter of the world, close institutions.

For more information about MORC, please visit its web site at or call 586 263-8700.

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