The Arc Baltimore has promoted Aaron J. Atkinson to the newly created position of Assistant Executive Director of Quality Enhancement. In this role, Atkinson’s scope of responsibilities will include oversight of both Quality Enhancement and the Training Departments at The Arc.
Atkinson previously served as The Arc Baltimore’s Director of Quality Enhancement, with responsibility for oversight and coordination of The Arc’s Quality Enhancement Plan and its external accreditation with CARF International, an independent accreditor of health and human services.
He also coordinated The Arc Baltimore’s annual review by state licensing agents and served as staff liaison to the Human Rights and Quality Enhancement Committees, as well as various programs providing ongoing training, coaching, and other support promoting independence for individuals with developmental disabilities.
“Given the significance of ‘Quality’ in The Arc Baltimore’s strategic planning, we felt it was appropriate to elevate the Quality Enhancement function directly into the executive office’s responsibility, and we could think of no better individual to handle this vitally important role than Aaron,” explains The Arc Baltimore’s Executive Director, Stephen H. Morgan.
Atkinson joined The Arc Baltimore in 2000 as a coordinator in the Community Living Division with a caseload of 12 individuals receiving residential support services. He became Assistant Director of Community Living East in 2004 and was promoted to Director in 2007, serving as an advocate for 150 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities at homes across the east side of Baltimore City and County.
In addition to his position at The Arc Baltimore, Atkinson serves as a Surveyor with CARF International, conducting on-site reviews of social service and rehabilitation agencies that request accreditation to determine compliance with CARF standards.
Atkinson received his bachelor’s degree from Prescott College, and his master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland.
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