Accreditation In Action! The Village Family Service Center

Since 1891, The Village Family Service Center has helped area children and families improve their lives. The Village was founded as the North Dakota Children’s Home Society, a home for orphaned children, and for decades provided a sanctuary for those who often had no other place to go. But times have changed, and they discovered it wasn’t just kids who needed help. Today, The Village reaches out to more than 80,000 people every year, and they are constantly adapting their services … Continue reading

A New Accreditation Perspective

Is your organization overwhelmed by the thought of going through the accreditation process? It may be time to change your accreditation perspective and learn how earning accreditation will benefit your agency and those it serves. Often, national accreditation standards as set forth by the accrediting bodies have been identified as equal to, or more often greater than, those set by individual state licensing bodies. Increasingly, the number of states that allow human service organizations to use national accreditation standards in lieu of individual state standards … Continue reading

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 a great example of applying the principles of Accreditation in Action. 1. Which accreditation does your agency hold and for how long? Green Chimneys Children’s … Continue reading

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 cost, but the length of the process, how each specific accreditation will benefit your agency or organization, if that accreditation will help you reach the … Continue reading

Accreditation in Action – Guardian Angel Community Services

Guardian Angel Community Services in Joliet, IL is a private, not for profit agency dedicated to helping children and families in need. They recently achieved expedited reaccreditation through COA, and here they outline how they have implemented Accreditation in Action.     Which accreditation does your agency hold and for how long? We were first accredited in 2001 and have been continuously accredited since then. Our most recent accreditation resulted in an expedited decision, which we are very proud of. … 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

Maintenance of Accreditation Key to Continued Achievement

Accreditation is an exceptional accomplishment for an organization. Awarded by an independent accrediting body, accreditation validates that an organization has effectively met designated national industry standards and is appropriately fulfilling its mission. Becoming accredited is a significant investment of time, effort and a multitude of resources dedicated to earning this distinction. Reaccreditation is a process that typically takes place every three or four years (depending on the accrediting body) and also must be earned via a thorough review process of … Continue reading

2015 Nonprofit Blog Recap

Did you miss an Accreditation Guru post over the past year? We published more than 25 nonprofit blog posts and below are some of our most popular articles from 2015. Thank you for reading in 2015. We look forward to providing you with more informative posts in 2016! Happy New Year! Accreditation Accreditation is Everywhere Higher Education Accreditation is Being Analyzed from All Fronts Using Accreditation as a Marketing Tool Using Accreditation as a Marketing Tool – Part 2 Board … Continue reading

Learning by Review: Why I chose to be an Accreditation Peer Reviewer

I have been a peer reviewer for the past 37 years. Volunteering my services for a national accrediting body has enhanced my professional development exponentially; equally as valuable, though, I have gained the feeling that my contributions make a measurable difference in the lives of others. There are a multitude of reasons for participating in the peer review process. Professionally, I have developed a ‘tool kit’ of skills that has strengthened my analytical, evaluation and presentation skills. Working with likeminded … Continue reading

Accreditation in Action – Twin Cedars

Twin Cedars Youth and Family Services, Inc. provides residential and community-based services to children and families in need in Georgia and Alabama. With a promise to “positively impact the lives of children, their families and support systems through the provision of multiple services of the highest quality,” Twin Cedars understands the impact that earning and maintaining accreditation has on the agency’s ability to fulfill its mission. Read on to learn how key staff view the accreditation experience. 1.  Which accreditation … Continue reading