Key Considerations in Choosing an Accrediting Body (Part II)

In a recent blog post, we shared with you the significance of cost and timing considerations when choosing an accrediting body. Here we discuss several additional components that should be thoroughly evaluated as your organization chooses an accrediting agency: Fit with accreditation requirements  One of the most important things you can do when assessing an […]

Cost and Timing: Key Considerations in Choosing an Accrediting Body

Earning and maintaining accreditation is one of the most significant decisions an organization will make.  Accreditation can affect your organization’s policies, procedures, scope of services, and personnel levels, among others, for the foreseeable future.  Which accreditation is most appropriate for your agency?  While there are many factors that must be considered when choosing an accrediting […]

Accreditation in Action – Green Chimneys Children’s Services

Green Chimneys Children’s Services in Brewster, NY, is a multi-faceted nonprofit organization helping young people maximize their full potential by providing residential, educational, clinical and recreational services in a safe and supportive environment that nurtures connections with their families, the community, animals and nature. The organization has fully embraced the benefits of accreditation and is […]

7 Key Steps on the Path to Accreditation

We’re often asked what the steps are in the process of becoming nationally accredited. While the specifics vary by accrediting body (COA, CARF, Joint Commission), the basics remain the same. Here’s what to expect on your path to accreditation. Step 1: Choose an accrediting body As a part of your research, consider not just the […]

What’s Driving Interest in Accreditation?

We previously discussed five reasons behavioral health providers should consider accreditation. This week we’ll go one further with six reasons human service agencies should consider accreditation this year. Accreditation provides an external validation of the quality of your programs and services, a “report card” for the public. This can improve community confidence in your agency […]

5 Reasons Behavioral Health Providers Should Consider Accreditation

It seems the interest in national accreditation is on the rise. More and more behavioral health and human services organizations are considering taking the plunge, even when there is no state or local mandate. Why? Here are five reasons behavioral health providers should consider accreditation this year. Accreditation provides an external validation of the quality […]

Accreditation in Action – Guardian Angel Community Services

Guardian Angel Community Services in Joliet, IL is a private, not for profit agency dedicated to helping children and families in need. They recently achieved expedited reaccreditation through COA, and here they outline how they have implemented Accreditation in Action.     Which accreditation does your agency hold and for how long? We were first […]

How to Avoid Adding Ineffective Members to Your Board

A great board of directors can make all the difference between a successful nonprofit and one that cannot get the funding, participation or staff that it needs. The board is the face of the organization, responsible for its success and growth. With such responsibilities, it is imperative that a nonprofit board is made up of […]

10 Steps to Selecting an Accrediting Body

Selecting a national accrediting body is a significant commitment for a human service organization. The commitment goes beyond the initial three or four year accreditation cycle and, in most cases, it continues for many more years, sometimes even decades. Because of the investment in time, money and effort involved, the selection process should not be taken […]