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AWARE Inc accreditation renewed for three years

Every three years, AWARE Inc. works with CARF International to update its accreditation. AWARE received its latest results in January. We’re proud to announce that CARF has approved its accreditation for the next three years.

At the beginning of December 2016, seven surveyors spent three days at AWARE facilities throughout Montana reviewing a sampling of its services. These experts hired by CARF work in similar organizations across the United States. They review everything from AWARE’s services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, services for families and children, procedures for board governance, financial sustainability, benefits and compensation for employees, and much more.

CARF’s latest survey results continue to show that AWARE ranks at the top of the international organization’s highest tier. A letter from CARF President Brian Boon states, “This achievement is an indication of your organization’s dedication and commitment to improving the quality of the lives of the persons served. Services, personnel, and documentation clearly indicate an established conformance to standards.”

Larry Noonan, AWARE CEO, said “Inviting CARF to review our organization is one way we show our commitment to providing the highest quality services to each and every person we serve.”

40 years of quality service

AWARE is now in its 40th year of service. The company has sought CARF accreditation since 1980. AWARE’s dedicated employees take what they know along with new advice from CARF surveyors to continually advance the organization’s services.

“We’re always looking to improve to ensure the highest level of independence possible for the people we serve,” Noonan said. “Every day, AWARE aims to meet and exceed CARF’s quality indicators.”

For example, CARF gave exemplary ratings to AWARE’s yearly Corporate Congress. Corporate Congress is a unique strategic planning process that includes input from all areas of AWARE. Ran much like the state legislature, it’s an opportunity for any employee and/or client to make a meaningful contribution to the organization’s direction and overall plan for continued success in the years to come.

AWARE held its latest Corporate Congress January 25-27, passing 21 bills. Corporate Congress has been an integral part of AWARE’s yearly planning since 1994.

To learn more, please contact Matt Bugni, AWARE CIO, at or (406) 449.3120.


AWARE Inc. is the publisher of AWARE helps people live independent lives, birth through adulthood. Founded in 1976 as a nonprofit corporation, AWARE Inc. delivers services for people with challenging mental health, emotional, and in some instances, physical disabilities.

With more than 1,100 employees in 37 communities across Montana, AWARE has been providing homes and training for adults with intellectual developmental disabilities for more than 30 years. Among AWARE’s services include group home living, supported independent living, supported employment and center-based employment.

AWARE also provides:

  • Case management for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities;
  • Group homes for children needing personal attention and individual treatment for serious emotional disturbances and autism spectrum disorders;
  • Schooling for children 6 – 18 who would otherwise be sent out of state;
  • Preschool and daycare for children 0 – 6;
  • Psychiatric services and case management for children and adults needing mental health treatment; and
  • Youth treatment support services such as family support, transitional living and treatment foster homes.

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