With no-fault reform, rehabilitation centers and clinics will need CARF or similar accreditation in Michigan to receive payment.


Steven Mandley, MPT, CBIS

Experienced CARF International surveyor

Steven Mandley, MPT, CBIS, is the owner and program director of Rehab & Community Integration. He is also the lead therapist and clinical coordinator at Rehab Without Walls as well as a program surveyor with CARF International for the past 10 years. Serving as a consultant for organizations across the world that specialize in traumatic brain injury rehabilitation, Mandley has worked in the field of brain injury rehabilitation since 1997 in the areas of acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, home care and community integration. He is passionate about helping organizations understand the processes and standards behind CARF accreditation. In light of the new no-fault reform laws in Michigan, he is excited to share his expertise with organizations not familiar with CARF or the standards of care required for accreditation.

Mandley earned his master’s degree in physical therapy at Oakland University in Rochester, MI. He was appointed to the Michigan Board of Physical Therapy in 2002, and served as its chairman in 2006. He has lectured throughout the United States on a variety of medical topics related to brain injury rehabilitation, and is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association, Michigan Chapter.


Steven Mandley can provide the following services for rehabilitation centers and clinics seeking CARF accreditation in Michigan:

  • Guidance on how to begin the CARF accreditation process.

  • Step-by-step assistance in completing a CARF application.

  • Informal on-site evaluations to determine a facility’s CARF readiness, including mock surveys.

  • Review of a CARF application before it is submitted.

  • Review of documentation required by CARF.

  • Advice following a CARF survey report that requires a Quality Improvement Plan.

  • Educational seminars for staff to prepare them for the CARF accreditation process.

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Considering accreditation or need advice on preparing for a CARF survey?

Here are a few things to know:

  • It is important to have a well-formulated plan and understand the required time to implement standards of care when preparing for an initial survey.
  • Accreditation with CARF is consultative rather than an investigative approach.
  • Standards are periodically updated and submitted for review to validate relevancy.
  • Survey teams include peer professionals who are specifically matched to your organization in terms of their background and expertise.
  • CARF looks for consistency beyond policies and procedures, including effective performance improvement plans.
  • Take advantage of the experience, expertise and advice of CARF surveyors.

If you would like a consultation with a CARF surveyor before you begin the survey process, Steven Mandley, MPT, CBIS, can help. Please complete the form below and Steven will contact you to set up an initial consultation. 


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