New Standards to Support Youth and Promote Resiliency

COA's new Youth Psychosocial Services standards facilitate childhood development and resiliency using a holistic approach that improves family functioning and increases child well-being and safety

We are excited to announce the release of our Youth Psychosocial Services (YPS) standards. Today's release marks the culmination of months of research pulling from literature on wraparound treatment, resiliency promotion, and the psychosocial needs of youth, as well as feedback from a panel of experts and a public field comment. Published to COA's Service Standards for Private, Public and Canadian Organizations, the YPS standards represent current best practices for organizations who provide minimally intrusive interventions aimed towards helping youth with behavioral or emotional dysregulation.

While in name they sound similar to the Psychosocial Rehabilitation Services standards, they take into account the special needs in helping youth achieve their highest psychosocial functioning levels. The focus is on a holistic approach that incorporates all systems of care the youth may access when they have complex needs, incorporating family and caring individuals, and connecting them to prosocial, communal activities. 

Questions regarding the standards can be directed to Isabelle Leventhal, Standards Associate, at ileventhal@coanet.org.

WHO IS ACCREDITED?

Private Organization Accreditation

Northside Psychological Services is a combination of both private practice and community mental health provider. We provide services to children and adults (EAP, private insurance, private pay, etc.) in our private practice setting. In our Community Care Program, we provide services to children and adolescents in their homes.
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VOLUNTEER TESTIMONIAL

Bonnie Bagley

Volunteer Roles: Evaluator; Lead Evaluator; Peer Reviewer; Team Leader

I have found that being a COA Volunteer builds my professional skills and experience in ways that more traditional workshops do not. The opportunity to learn about best practices through the COA standards and then see how agencies implement them is truly a growth experience.
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