Tenco Receives Maximum Accreditation by CARF International


Tenco Industries, Inc. recently received notice from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities International (CARF) that accreditation has been extended for three years through January 2017. Three years is the maximum accreditation allowable under CARF International regulations.

In a letter to Tenco Executive Director Benjamin Wright, CARF President/CEO Brian J. Boon stated “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 pattern of practice excellence”.

Tenco Industries serves nearly 200 people with disabilities and has facilities in Ottumwa, Fairfield, and Keosauqua. Tenco services that were accredited by CARF included Community Employment Services (Employment Supports, Job Development, and Personnel Services to Employers); Community Integration; and Organizational Employment Services.

Wright credited the Tenco staff that “put in countless hours to ensure quality and compliance in their daily assignments, leading to this outstanding external review. It is my hope that going forward in 2014 we will continue to focus on our clients and the big picture with regard to their long term needs.”

The CARF International visitation team studied 959 standards that are applicable to the services Tenco Industries provides. “During their exit interview, the team’s findings included numerous accolades for the obvious hard work and time spent in preparation for their visit, followed by some advice and recommendations, which numbered only six, so we were optimistic that we would achieve the maximum extension for accreditation”, Wright stated.

Tenco Industries was established in 1965; its mission is to provide opportunities for people with disabilities, to develop and maintain independence in all areas of life. Now in its 49th year, Tenco will celebrate 50 years of service to the people of southern Iowa and beyond in 2015.