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

Bringing Excitement to the Accreditation Process!

Like all things worth having, achieving accreditation takes dedicated time and focused effort. Often, this can be a daunting task and a challenge when trying to motivate and excite staff about the work ahead. We’ve compiled some of our favorite tips to prepare your staff to effectively support your journey to accreditation: 1. Communicate honestly, often, and highlight positivity Traveling the road to accreditation brings many things to an organization, including changes in culture. It is paramount to ensure that all stakeholders, … Continue reading

National Accreditation – Where Do We Begin?

Often when people are approaching the accreditation process for the first time, they find the number of steps involved overwhelming and are unclear where to start. If you are able to break it down into seven key steps, the accreditation journey can be much smoother and easier to approach. Choose an accreditor There are a number of factors to consider when selecting an accrediting body, including the fit with accreditation requirements, time necessary to become accredited, costs, etc. Details may … Continue reading

Ready, Set, Grow! – Three Steps to Developing Your Accreditation Plan

The path to accreditation often brings about beneficial organizational improvements that take thoughtful time and preparation to put into action.  Following a clear plan will help your organization efficiently maximize its effort and reach its goals on schedule.  We offer these three valuable tips that will assist your agency during its accreditation journey. Develop a realistic timeline If accreditation is mandated by your state or association, there is likely a clear deadline for earning accreditation. If not, an agency will … 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