Community Rehabilitation Associations

Written by Kimberly Clark
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There are many community rehabilitation associations out there that work with disabled and disadvantaged people, providing them with resources that will help them function in everyday society. Instead of being provided in a hospital or an institutional setting, the services provided by the association are administered within the community. Many of the associations offer individualized training through day treatments at community centers, training facilities, or places of employment and some even provide in house consultations.

Examples of Associations

There are several community rehabilitation associations that are devoted to assisting those recovering from drug and alcohol addictions. Examples, of these associations include the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP) and the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC). Both organizations serve as advocates for providers of drug and alcohol dependency programs.

Many community rehabilitation associations concentrate their efforts on assisting the mentally challenged or those recovering from a mental illness to become contributing members of the community. An example of this type of organization is the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation. The center conducts research and training that assists providers in developing programs that help people suffering from mental disorders obtain the same amenities of life as everyone else. A great tool for such organizations is case management software, which can assist in compiling and reporting data, to see what aspects of programs are functioning most effectively.

Probably one of the most comprehensive tools for anyone searching for information on rehabilitation services is the National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC). The chief objective of NARIC is to serve as a directory and referral guide for people searching for rehabilitation services. NARIC also collects and maintains results of research studies conducted by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research on various afflictions.


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