Lutheran Child and Family Services Receives Council on Accreditation 2019 Innovative Service Award

The Council on Accreditation is one of the nation’s premier accrediting bodies for human service organizations. Out of 75 applicants for the agency’s prestigious 2019 Innovative Practices Award, which recognizes “successful approaches to management and service delivery practices adopted by our accredited organizations,” the Regenerations program at Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois received […]

How to Have a Winning Board Retreat

A well-functioning, cohesive and engaged board of directors is a crucial factor for your organization’s ability to fulfill its mission. As a nonprofit organization continues to grow in both size and significance, it is increasingly vital for board members to understand their evolving role and the importance of their contributions to successful mission fulfillment. One […]

Team Member Highlight – Bobbie Lison

Bobbie has been a peer surveyor and team leader at the Council on Accreditation for more than ten years. She has reviewed a variety of agencies, including nonprofit, religious and military organizations. Her areas of concentration include, but are not limited to, Performance and Quality Improvement (PQI) programs and Financial Education and Counseling Services (FEC). […]

EAGLE Recognized now as an Approved Accreditor for QRTPs Under the Family First Prevention Services Act

On May 15, it was announced that EAGLE Accreditation Program is recognized by the Department of Health and Human Services as an approved accreditor for Qualified Residential Treatment Programs (QRTPs) under the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA). As we have discussed here, FFPSA, which passed in February 2018, allows federal funds to be spent […]

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 […]

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 […]