Accrediting Bodies Offer New Ways To Continue Accreditation Efforts

(Re)accreditation is often an important component of an organization’s strategic planning.  For congregate living facilities (residential or group home settings) seeking reimbursement under Title IV-E as a qualified residential treatment program (QRTP), achieving or maintaining accreditation by an approved accrediting body is a required component of strategic planning.     Likewise, (re)accreditation may also be required to obtain/maintain a license/certification for an organization to […]

Tamarack Center CEO, Tim Davis and the Importance of Accreditation

Accredited by The Joint Commission since 1986, the Tamarack Center provides top-tier residential psychiatric treatment to adolescents in Spokane, Washington.  In addition to a web page devoted to “Accreditation and Licensing” on their site, they also display the Gold Seal of Approval logo from The Joint Commission. Recently, Tim Davis, CEO at Tamarack Center expanded […]

Pine River Institute CEO, Vaughan Dowie, Sits Down with Accreditation Guru

Located near Shelburne, Ontario, Pine River Institute is a residential treatment center and outdoor leadership experience for youth 13 to 19 years old struggling with addictive behaviors and often other mental health issues. Shelburne is approximately 60 miles northwest of Toronto. Pine River Institute’s decision to apply for and maintain national accreditation was based solely […]

Accreditation’s Significance in Time of Crisis

Since late February 2020, child welfare agencies and behavioral health care organizations have been forced to focus on two critical functions – infection control and emergency management. Depending on the services provided and location of the organization, providers have been forced to change their operations in ways that include having all employees work remotely, provide […]

Accreditation In Action – Congratulations HeartShare and HeartShare St. Vincent’s Services of New York City!

We congratulate HeartShare Human Services of New York and HeartShare St. Vincent’s Services of New York City on receiving their re-accreditation through COA, Council On Accreditation! Since its founding in 1914, HeartShare and its Family of Services has expanded to more than 100 program sites in Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island and operates in 60 of […]

Accreditation In Action – Congratulations Shamah Autism Center!

We congratulate Shamah Autism Center on achieving their three-year accreditation through CARF International! Shamah Autism Center, located in Saudi Arabia, is a special education school providing education for children 3 to 12 years with autism spectrum disorders, Asperger syndrome and associated social and communication difficulties. “We are extremely grateful for Accreditation Guru for the consultation […]

We welcome our newest team member, Sara O’Neil!

Please help us welcome Sara O’Neil as she joins Accreditation Guru’s team as its    National Director of Strategic Alliances! For more than 25 years, Sara O’Neil has worked in brand marketing, client relations and business development in business-to-business and business-to-consumer arenas. Most recently, Sara supervised membership activities at the Association of Children’s Residential Centers […]

Accreditation Guru Hires Director of Behavioral Health Marketing

Accreditation Guru proudly welcomes Peggy Lavin, LCSW as the new Director of Behavioral Health Marketing. In this position, Peggy will work with founder and CEO, Jennifer Flowers, on the fulfillment of strategic marketing goals within the behavioral health and addiction recovery arenas. Peggy brings to the Accreditation Guru team more than 45 years of administrative, […]

Wisdom and Value in Strategic Planning

By Dave Branding, PhD One of my absolute favorite days of the work year calendar is strategic planning. I look forward to this special opportunity when key leaders come together and focus. We scan the environment, assess our positions, incorporate input, determine goals and set priorities for how we intend to perform the important work […]