Innovative Practices Award Winners Announced!

Neighbor to Family, Inc. and St. Joseph’s Villa are honored for their demonstration of unique and effective methods for addressing their client and organizational goals.

The challenges faced by human service organizations today are complex and require imaginative solutions that overlap specializations and practice fields. The COA Innovative Practices Award was created to acknowledge accredited and first time applicant organizations and programs who implement new and forward thinking practices that enhance the quality of services provided to their consumers and are consistent with theory, practice wisdom and expert consensus reflected in current professional literature.  

In that regard, COA is pleased to present the recipients of the Fall 2013 Innovative Practices Award:

Winner: Neighbor to Family; Daytona Beach, Florida; Sibling Foster Care Model
Winner: St. Joseph's Villa; Richmond, Virgina; Flagler Home Transitions to Rapid Re-Housing Model
Honorable Mention: Starfish Family Services; Inkster, Michigan; Baby Power

COA is extremely proud to recognize Neighbor to Family, Inc., St. Joseph’s Villa, and Starfish Family Services for their creative work and innovative use of resources, and is honored that they are part of the COA family. COA invites you to review the award recipients’ submissions as well as all of the commendable Innovative Practices case studies by clicking here.

Organizations and programs are encouraged to use these case studies as a resource for your own organization and programs’ continued pursuit of excellence. 

Founded in 1977, COA is an independent not-for-profit international accreditor of the full continuum of community-based behavioral health care and human service organizations. Today, over 2000 organizations and programs that serve over 7 million persons are either COA accredited or are in the process of accreditation.  



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Harry Hunter, MSW, MBA, Ph.D.

Volunteer Roles: Peer Reviewer; Team Leader

Peer Reviewer for the month of January 2013, Dr. Hunter has been volunteering for COA since 2005, conducting five site reviews.
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