Sieda Community Action Receives CARF Accreditation

Ottumwa, IA, May 4, 2016 – Sieda Community Action Behavioral Health and Treatment Services has received a three-year accreditation by CARF International; CARF’s highest level of accreditation available to a behavioral health program. With this, the Sieda Behavioral Health and Treatment services is one of a handful of programs in Southeast Iowa accredited to serve adults, adolescents, and children who struggle with alcohol and drug abuse and dependency as well as other mental health issues.

CARF accreditation is awarded to agencies who exemplify their commitment to improving the quality of lives of the persons served. Sieda Behavioral Health and Treatment Services demonstrated a pattern of practice excellence in the services they provide, personnel they employ, and clinical documentation.  Brian Dunn, Executive Director of Sieda Community Action, was very pleased with the announcement of their accreditation.

“To be accredited by CARF for another three years is fantastic. Our Behavioral Health and Treatment Services team works very hard to ensure that the people we assist receive the best possible services each time they meet with us. I was very proud in 2013 that we received the highest-possible accreditation on our first attempt, and I’m ever more proud of the work the team has done in the subsequent years.

Even with organizations receiving full, unqualified accreditation, CARF makes recommendations for improvement as part of their review process. In the overwhelming majority of the areas reviewed, Sieda Behavioral Health and Treatment Services received no recommendations for improvement. This is a great example of our commitment to our work and our clients; we continue to improve on our already high-quality programs.” – Brian Dunn

For more information on CARF and CARF accreditation, visit For more information on Sieda Community Action’s behavioral health services and other Sieda programs, visit

Sieda Community Action, a private organization established in 1965 as a community action agency, implements a range of services to secure opportunities for people in need. Sieda utilizes a multifaceted approach to eliminating and ameliorating the effects of poverty fousing on the core components of education, economic supports, health and well-being, and social capital. Through our programs, individuals and families in Appanoose, Davis, Jefferson, Keokuk, Mahaska, Van Buren, and Wapello counties are more likely to become self-reliant and contribute positively to their families and communities.

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