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 […]

Universal Accreditation for Intercounty Adoptions

Soon there will be a rush for all providers of intercountry adoption to become accredited. Why? Because President Obama signed the Intercountry Adoption Universal Accreditation Act on January 14, 2013. The bill will take effect 18 months after the date of enactment at which time all intercountry adoption agencies will have to be accredited in […]

Managing Risk through Accreditation

With Hurricane Sandy’s recent attack on the East Coast there is much talk about clean up, insurance claims and accounting for the whereabouts of friends, family and co-workers. What if you were not just responsible for yourself and immediate family members, but also for the direct care of vulnerable children, youth and individuals as are […]

COA National Conference 2012

Sometimes things really do seem to come full circle. That was the feeling I had last week while attending the Council on Accreditation (COA) National Conference. This conference is held once every three years and the last time, 2009, I was employed as the Director of Volunteer Services and Accreditation Commission for COA and directly […]

Accreditation: Critical to Higher Education

In recent weeks the topic of colleges and universities in danger of losing their accredited status has received a great deal of news coverage. Why is this such a hot topic lately and why does it matter? It is a hot topic because of two major announcements. First, City College of San Francisco (CCSF) was […]

Planning for a new software purchase

When looking for software to assist social services, one has to be careful on how the task is approached because the initial way the search done can dictate the success of the whole process, including events as far out as implementation and use of the software. So before beginning a search, keep the following key […]

Intro to Hague Intercountry Adoption Accreditation

If looking to adopt a child from outside of the US, how can you be sure that the child is, in fact, eligible for adoption and that the agency with which you are working is conducting business in an ethical manner? One way is to work exclusively with an adoption agency that is “Hague accredited.” […]

Volunteers Working to End Hunger

On Sunday, March 11th, 365 volunteers came together at the Pequannock Valley Middle School in Pompton Plains, NJ to package 59,000 meals in a little over 3 hours. That is nearly 20,000 meals per hour or 327 meals per minute! Why did these volunteers come together and where are these meals going? Volunteers were middle […]