BRONX, New York—CARF International announced VIP Community Services has been accredited for a period of three years for its Opioid Treatment Program (OTP) for adults. The latest accreditation is the sixth consecutive three-year accreditation that CARF has awarded to VIP.

To achieve this accreditation, VIP went through a rigorous peer review process and demonstrated to a team of surveyors that its programs and services are of the highest quality, measurable, and accountable.

“We congratulate VIP’s staff for once again attaining this accreditation. This recognition reaffirms VIP’s substantial compliance with the CARF standards and underscores our continued commitment to providing high-quality services to the Bronx community,” said Justin Mitchell, VIP’s Chief Program Officer.

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, public health officials have reported a spike in overdose deaths related to the ongoing opioid epidemic. During this critical time managing dual pandemics, VIP’s frontline workers—including the OTP’s counseling, medical, nursing, and support staff—have gone above and beyond to ensure patients receive the consistent and person-centered care they deserve.

“It means the world to work with a team that pulls together in times of need,” said Ellen Hoffman, Senior Director of Medication Assisted-Treatment (MAT) at VIP. “This renewed accreditation is a testament to our teamwork and steadfast commitment to serving vulnerable populations.”

About VIP Community Services

VIP was founded in 1974 and offers integrated medical, behavioral health, housing, and wrap-around services to help become self-sufficient and transform their communities into safe, thriving neighborhoods. VIP is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) and Certified Community Behavioral Health Center (CCBHC) headquartered at 770 E. 176th Street in the Bronx. For more information, visit

About CARF

CARF is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body whose mission is to promote the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process and continuous improvement services that center on enhancing the lives of the persons served. Founded in 1966 as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, and now known as CARF International, the accrediting body establishes consumer-focused standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their programs and services. For more information about the accreditation process, please visit the CARF website at