Circle Tree Ranch
3 Year CARF Accreditation

This accreditation decision represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and shows our organization’s substantial conformance to the CARF standards. An organization receiving a Three-Year Accreditation has put itself through a rigorous peer review process. Amity Circle Tree Ranch has demonstrated to a team of surveyors during an on-site visit its commitment to offering programs and services that are measurable, accountable, and of the highest quality.

Amity Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization with offices at 721 N. 4th Avenue, Tucson Arizona. It has been providing Residential Teaching & Therapeutic Communities in Arizona, California and New Mexico since 1969.

Amity’s Circle Tree Ranch teaching community in Tucson, Arizona and Amity’s Employment Services in Los Angeles and San Diego, California.

Founded in 1966 CARF International is an independent, nonprofit accreditor of health and human services including behavioral health and employment services. CARF accreditation provides a visible symbol that assures the public of Amity’s commitment to continually enhance quality with a focus on the satisfaction of students.

CARF surveyors use a consultative approach during the survey process to assist in improving the quality of Amity’s offerings.  A survey team, selected on a match of the surveyors’ areas of expertise and Amity’s needs came to Amistad de Los Angeles and Vista Ranch to survey Department of Rehabilitation Employment Services in November 2015 and to Circle Tree Ranch to survey residential services in September 2016.  Each site was granted CARF certification for a three-year period, recognizing Amity for innovation.

There are numerous benefits to CARF accreditation: accredited providers enjoy fiscal savings as accreditation can signal financial stability; marketing advantages; reduction of exposure to risk in human resources, healthcare, governance, and finance; and access to an international network.

Quotes on Circle Tree Ranch by CARF Surveyors

“Amity Foundation Circle Tree Ranch clearly evidences dedication to a person-centered environment”


“Students are treated with dignity, equality, and respect for their individual cultures.”


“Amity Foundation uses innovative, evidence-based approaches and is recognized as one of the few formal curriculum-based teaching & therapeutic communities in the United States.”


Circle Tree Ranch CARF 3 Year Award is the highest that can be given any organization meeting or exceeding international standards.