Is your organization overwhelmed by the thought of going through the accreditation process? It may be time to change your accreditation perspective and learn how earning accreditation will benefit your agency and those it serves.
- Often, national accreditation standards as set forth by the accrediting bodies have been identified as equal to, or more often greater than, those set by individual state licensing bodies. Increasingly, the number of states that allow human service organizations to use national accreditation standards in lieu of individual state standards is steadily increasing. The benefit here is that any additional onsite surveys that may have been necessary can be satisfied with the single national accreditation onsite visit, saving time and effort on the part of the providers’ staff.
- Accreditation onsite surveys are typically more in-depth than those required by individual states. Accreditation reviewers at the national level have a deep understanding of what is required to earn accreditation and are more knowledgeable when answering an organization’s questions or concerns. They can often share best practices they have observed during fieldwork with other service providers, point out what an agency is doing well, and offer insights for improvement in weaker areas.
- A recent trend is that many individual state authorities are beginning to require or mandate accreditation for certain programs and/or services and this trend is only expected to become more prevalent. Beginning on the road to accreditation now is a valuable way to prepare for a pending state and/or national accreditation mandate.
- While accreditation can be a detailed and lengthy process, especially if an agency is working toward achieving accredited status for the first time, the overall benefits of earning accreditation cannot be underestimated. Achieving the official accreditation seal of approval from a national accrediting body will not only ensure that those you serve receive the highest quality care and services, maintaining this prestigious accreditation seal will serve to market your organization as one of the best of the best in its field.
To determine whether your state has a deeming agreement or mandate on the books, legislative information can be found by visiting The Joint Commission, Council on Accreditation (COA) or CARF or calling representatives from either accrediting body.
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