ERIC Number: ED263351
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: 0
A National Study of CARF Accredited Vocational Rehabilitation Facilities: Their Structures and Characteristics. Research and Training Center Research Report.
Czerlinsky, Thomas; Gilbertson, Alan
An investigation studied 554 vocationally oriented CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) accredited rehabilitation facilities. The mail survey was returned by 221 facilities, reflecting an effective return rate of approximately 40 percent. Collected data addressed three broad areas: client characteristics, referral sources and percentages of clients referred by each, and facility characteristics. Across respondents, results showed that the typical client was a mentally retarded white male aged 25 to 40, with less than a high school education. Most had no prior skill training. Referral source data showed that State Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies were clearly the largest referral source (over half of all referrals). The average facility served 387 clients per year, and the client stayed for 152 days. Small facilities served clients for only about one-third as long (59 days) as the larger facilities. The average yearly facility income was slightly over $750,000. Fees for services and earned income each accounted for approximately 45 percent of this total. The two most frequent categories of staff were professional staff in client service and production staff. A broad range of services was available. For each area of data, differences were found as a function of facility size. (The instrument is appended.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Handicapped Research (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ.-Stout, Menomonie. Stout Vocational Rehabilitation Inst.