International Commission Awards Mainstay 3-Year Accreditation Rigorous Review of Company Standards Yielded Top Award



International Commission Awards Mainstay 3-Year Accreditation

Rigorous Review of Company Standards Yielded Top Award




NEWTON, Mass. – Dec. 11, 2023 – The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) has accredited Mainstay Supportive Housing & Home Care for meeting defined international standards of quality in health and human services. After a rigorous survey that examined operating policies and procedures for all 10 Mainstay properties, CARF awarded Mainstay a 3-year accreditation, the highest level allowed in the category of Employment and Community Services.


“We are truly pleased with the outcome of our first audit for accreditation,” said Larry Oaks, President and CEO of Mainstay. “The results are a testament to our excellent staff and the company’s focus on providing safe, supportive, person-centered care.” A 2022 change in Massachusetts law prompted the audit for accreditation. Prior to that, accreditation for supportive residences was not required.


Mainstay Supportive Housing is a Newton-based non-profit organization that provides affordable and supportive housing for adults with intellectual and other disabilities. Mainstay operates supportive homes in Newton, Norwood, and Malden.


CARF, an independent, nonprofit accreditor of health and human services, reviewed more than 50 policies and procedures encompassing risk management, training, technology, diversity and cultural competency.


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About Mainstay: Mainstay Supportive Housing is a registered 501(c) (3) that provides human service and housing programs across Massachusetts, including permanent supportive housing and compassionate, person-centered home care. Mainstay programs have helped hundreds of people live productive and stable lives in their own communities every day for all of these years. Mainstay was founded in 1975 to provide services to people with mental illness, and its mandate has since expanded to cover a variety of vulnerable populations, including low-income elders; people with intellectual, developmental, and physical disabilities; and the recently homeless. Learn more at


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