Deborah Witham, M.S.W., J.D, managing director of public policy, leads CARF’s ongoing assessment of and response to developments in public policy affecting the U.S. health and human services sector. She is also responsible for standards development and relationships with regulators in the area of opioid treatment programs.
Deborah has vast experience in both direct care and executive functions in nonprofit organizations, including compliance and program oversight, and has worked with payers, regulators, and government officials. Prior to joining CARF as a staff member, she served as a CARF surveyor for the Opioid Treatment Program unit.
In addition to her work with CARF, Deborah holds the following positions:
Adelphi University - Garden City, New York
Provides academic and field practicum advising to Social Work students.
Hunter College - New York, New York
Provides academic and field practicum advising to Social Work students. Facilitate group advising sessions using competency based curriculum.
Areas of Expertise (8)
New York Law School: Juris Doctor, Law 2007
University of Pittsburgh: M.A., Social Work 2001
University of Pittsburgh: B.A., Social Work 2000
Media Appearances (1)
CARF International announces new position and hire of public policy managing director Deborah A. Witham
CARF news releases online
CARF International, the nonprofit accreditor of health and human service organizations, is pleased to announce the hiring of Deborah A. Witham, M.S.W., J.D., in the new role of managing director of public policy beginning October 3, 2017. Based in Washington D.C., Witham will lead CARF’s continuous assessment of, and responsiveness to, developments in public policy affecting health and human services nationally. She will report to Darren M. Lehrfeld, J.D., CARF’s Chief Accreditation Officer and General Counsel.
A Way to Help Meet Federal Oversight Goals for Assisted Living
VOICES of the Governing Institute
Deborah Witham, discusses how a public-private partnership could help bridge the gap between CMS oversight and the unique and dynamic assisted-living field.