Electronic Record Systems and Accreditation

Electronic record systems have become the option of choice for many providers. The single most obvious benefit, clearly, is that consumer records are maintained consistently in a clear, complete, and legible manner. When considering organizational productivity and operations, the use of an electronic record system offers several features that can greatly enhance efficiencies and will […]

Motivating Staff Beyond Money

“You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give.” ~Winston Churchill Your organization’s strength lies not just in the mission, but in those who support and promote your goals. How do you ensure that they don’t burn out, and keep them motivated and committed to the mission? How […]

Ready, Set, Grow! – Three Steps to Developing Your Accreditation Plan

The path to accreditation often brings about beneficial organizational improvements that take thoughtful time and preparation to put into action.  Following a clear plan will help your organization efficiently maximize its effort and reach its goals on schedule.  We offer these three valuable tips that will assist your agency during its accreditation journey. Develop a […]

What to Expect After your Accreditation Survey?

As legendary baseball player Yogi Berra once said, “It ain’t over ‘til it’s over.” While he was undoubtedly referring to the baseball season, his words ring true for the accreditation process, as well.  During an accreditation survey, it is typical for reviewers to provide your organization with notes and recommendations for areas that need to […]

2016 Blog Recap

Did you miss any of our Accreditation Guru blog posts during the past year? We published nearly 25 nonprofit blog articles; below we have highlighted some of our most popular reads from 2016 that may be worth a second look for your organization as you beginning planning for the new year. Thank you for being […]

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 […]