Accreditation in Action – Edison Court

Through out 2013 Edison Court put great effort toward becoming nationally accredited. As a result of their careful planning, dedication to the process and commitment to quality, the decision to accredit was “expedited,” which means that no further evidence was necessary following the onsite visit. Here is an account of how they have put accreditation […]

Accreditation in Action – Northside Psychological Services

Northside Psychological Services (NPS) provides a variety of counseling services to individuals and families and offers Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) for organizations within the Georgia community. 1. Which accreditation do you hold and for how long? NPS became a part of Council on Accreditation’s (COA) Community of Excellence in 2008.  We have remained fully accredited […]

Accreditation in Action – MercyFirst

 MercyFirst is one of New York’s leading not-for-profit human service agencies. They serve more than 4,000 children and their families, without regard to race, religion, sexual orientation or physical condition, at locations in Brooklyn, Queens and throughout Long Island. 1. Which accreditation do you currently hold? MercyFirst is presently Council on Accreditation (COA) accredited and […]

Accreditation in Action – Omni Visions

Omni Visions, Inc. is a multi-state placement agency that provides services for both children and adults. Omni Visions’ focus is on family, providing each individual and each family a community support system to facilitate and inspire growth and development. 1. Which accreditation do you hold and for how long? Omni Visions, Inc. is accredited by […]

Accreditation in Action – A New Blog Series

I have had the pleasure of working in the accreditation arena throughout my entire career – although I hesitate to say how many years that has been :-)! I have worked with a multitude of state, national and international accrediting bodies, served as the Director of Volunteer Services and Accreditation Commission at COA and, since […]

Universal Accreditation Act Deadline is Only One Year Away

On July 14, 2014 a new law, the Intercountry Adoption Universal Accreditation Act (UAA), goes into effect requiring all agencies and persons providing intercountry adoption services to become Hague accredited. In the past, only those agencies and persons providing adoption services to/from the approximately 80 countries, that had enacted the Hague Convention on the Protection […]

National Conference on Volunteering and Service #NCVS

This year marked my fourth attendance at the National Conference on Volunteering and Service (NCVS), hosted by Points of Light. Held in Washington, DC NCVS once again brought together nearly 5,000 volunteer managers and service activists. For anyone interested in volunteering and promoting social good, I highly recommend NCVS as an educational (and fun!) conference. […]

Quality Improvement and Benchmarking

One of the central components of national accreditation is the focus on performance and quality improvement (PQI) programs. This is the process of collecting, aggregating and analyzing data to discover trends and patterns and make improvements (or expand upon achievements) where necessary. Behavioral health and human services organizations often collect data on key performance areas […]