It’s All About Mitigating Risk – Technology Plans and Accreditation

Every successful organization needs a comprehensive, carefully planned, effective risk management program; one that not only focuses on risks related to finances, insurance levels, human resource practices, etc., but includes a thorough review of information and technology management risks.  This is true whether an organization is seeking accreditation or not, as there is always risk involved when talking about technology. One component to help control risk and plan for future organizational growth is the development of a formal written information … Continue reading

Pro-active Measures to Keep Cyber Criminals Out

I have the perfect 100% guarantee to protect your information systems from ANY cyber-attack. You will pay me handsomely for my solution too. Here it is: Cut the power cord on your PC and bury everything in concrete. Problem solved! Ha, hack that hackers! Although this drastic measure is theoretically effective, it’s obviously a non-starter. However, the idea does illustrate a greater and more important point: if your systems are powered up and connected in some way to the Internet, … Continue reading

Why You Shouldn’t Join a Nonprofit Board Without Directors and Officers Insurance

Directors & Officers Insurance You’re feeling philanthropic; you want to give your time so you accept an invitation to sit on a nonprofit board of directors of a meaningful organization you’ve supported for many years. Then, imagine there’s an allegation against the organization and you’re named in the lawsuit because you’re a member of the board of directors. “Wait, I didn’t sign up for this!” But in reality, you did. Why? Because you’re on the board of directors and are … Continue reading

10 Steps to Selecting an Accrediting Body

Selecting a national accrediting body is a significant commitment for a human service organization. The commitment goes beyond the initial three or four year accreditation cycle and, in most cases, it continues for many more years, sometimes even decades. Because of the investment in time, money and effort involved, the selection process should not be taken lightly. Accrediting Bodies Child and family service agencies and behavioral healthcare organizations overwhelmingly chose from three main accrediting bodies: CARF, Council on Accreditation (COA) and … Continue reading

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 the employees and leaders of human service organizations across the country? Wouldn’t it be a relief to know that all had been done to plan … Continue reading