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Deborah Witham is managing director of public policy for CARF International, an independent, nonprofit accreditor of health and human services. Based in Washington D.C., she leads CARF's ongoing assessment of and response to developments in public policy affecting the U.S. health and human services sector.

Witham's career has spanned direct care and leadership positions in the arenas of substance use disorder treatment, child welfare and mental health. She formerly served as a CARF surveyor, vice president of the Coalition of Medication-Assisted Treatment Providers and Advocates of New York State, and field adviser for the Hunter College Silberman School of Social Work and the Adelphi University School of Social Work.

August 6, 2018

A Way to Help Meet Federal Oversight Goals for Assisted Living

Partnering with private accreditors could shape national standards while improving the quality of care.