Team Member Highlight – Carol Smith

Carol started her accreditation career in 1980 when she implemented a substance abuse outpatient and prevention program for the State of Michigan Office of Substance Abuse Services. For more than a year, Carol prepared the agency for its first national accreditation survey and began implementing policies and procedures during a time when the behavioral health […]

Tracy Collander

Team Member Highlight – Tracy Collander

Tracy first became familiar with the accreditation world when she began working for Gateway Foundation in 2007.  Gateway Foundation is accredited by The Joint Commission, and she became familiar with TJC behavioral health accreditation during her 6 years as executive director for Gateway Aurora. Her knowledge of accreditation became much stronger as she became Executive […]

The Advantages of Accreditation

Some human service agencies view accreditation as a luxury. Others see it as a hassle. Yet the benefits are undeniable. Achieving national accreditation announces to the world that your organization strives to be the best it can be. That’s hard work, but the process sets you on the course for long-term greatness. Attempting to cultivate […]

Accreditation Guru’s Family First Prevention Services Act Resource Page is now live!

This informational package provides resources and tips related to FFPSA and the requirements regarding Qualified Residential Treatment Programs (QRTP), the new category of service provider delivering out-of-home care to kids in the child welfare system. Here you will find articles and fact-sheets, information on each of the three accrediting bodies approved under FFPSA (CARF, COA […]

Team Member Highlight – Diane Barnes

Diane has been an active member of “Team AG” since early 2013. Diane’s accreditation career began as a director at the Fort Myers Community Hospital in Florida. This challenging, but worthwhile experience, prepared her to serve as COO of an in-patient/out-patient mental health center and crisis unit. During her tenure there, the center experienced a […]

Hiring IDD Individuals is Both the Right Thing to Do and Good for Business

Even though Congress passed the Americans With Disabilities Act in 1990, many employers continue to discriminate against people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Although IDD people are more likely to be unemployed and underemployed, many businesses find that this population is reliable and efficient. In a tight job market, moreover, people with IDD are […]

Are You Measuring Your Service Outcomes? You Should Be!

According to a recent study in the International Journal for Quality in Health Care, “what cannot be measured, cannot be improved.” With detailed digital data available just a few clicks away, non-profits are being held accountable for measuring their service outcomes. In fact, all organizations seeking to gain and maintain accreditation are required to record […]