Accreditation Even More Important as Google Cracks Down on Addiction Treatment Ads

  The New York Times has recently reported that Google has begun implementing new advertising restrictions on searches for addiction treatment centers in the United States. The online search engine has eliminated ads that appear when a search is done using specific phrases, including “drug rehab” and “alcohol treatment centers”, among others that treatment providers have been willing to pay up to $70 per ad click for. Reasons for Google’s bold move include the practice among some marketers to use … Continue reading

Getting Your Board on Board for Accreditation

Organizations with a corporate governing board (whether a nonprofit’s board of directors or a for-profit’s board of advisors/trustees), should be sure to actively include this group in the run-up to national accreditation. I have often said that having a leadership team embrace the importance of accreditation will not guarantee a successful outcome, but if leadership does not support accreditation, then you are guaranteed to have problems. This correlation extends to board members. One should present the benefits of accreditation and … Continue reading

Accreditation in Action – Hathaway-Sycamores

Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services is one of the largest, nonprofit, private children’s mental-health and welfare agencies in Los Angeles County and provides a comprehensive range of family-centered, social, educational, preventive and behavioral health programs serving children, adults and families in-need. 1. Which accreditation does your agency hold? Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services has been accredited by The Joint Commission since 2000. 2. What was the original reason(s) for becoming accredited? Our state association had been accrediting our organization for … Continue reading

Accreditation in Action – Edison Court

Through out 2013 Edison Court put great effort toward becoming nationally accredited. As a result of their careful planning, dedication to the process and commitment to quality, the decision to accredit was “expedited,” which means that no further evidence was necessary following the onsite visit. Here is an account of how they have put accreditation in action: 1.  Which accreditation do you hold and for how long? We were informed of our expedited accreditation from Council on Accreditation (COA) on … Continue reading

Celebrating Accreditation! (AKA Congrats to Lee County Youth Development Center!)

There was recently cause to celebrate at Lee County Youth Development Center (LCYDC) in Opelika, AL as they were awarded reaccreditation by the Council on Accreditation (COA). This was not their first time being accredited, but I am told it was their smoothest process yet. After working hard for many months, putting new policies and procedures in place, ensuring staff was fully trained and furthering their quality improvement efforts, LCYDC once again demonstrated their commitment to providing the highest quality … Continue reading