Eight Accreditation Myths and Misconceptions

Article published in Alliance Magazine: Issue 3 - 2013

By Rochelle Haimes, ACSW

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Ask senior leaders why their agency is accredited, and the answer they offer will probably vary greatly from the answer they gave 10-15 years ago. In the past, most agencies that became accredited did so voluntarily to stretch beyond minimal state regulations. Accreditation, in these “early days,” was likened to the Good Housekeeping Seal.

But times have changed. As more public entities have become accredited, their private providers are expected to follow suit. Many states continue to mandate accreditation for those programs that receive Medicaid money for identified mental health services. And, as dollars shrink for nonprofits, accreditation has increasingly become a competitive edge on an agency’s application for corporate and philanthropic dollars.

What hasn’t changed, however, are the myths and misconceptions that keep organizations from pursuing accreditation—misconceptions about how much information to share with the board, how much work is required after the plaque is on the wall, and whether to hire a consultant. This article will identify some common misconceptions about becoming successfully accredited, within the context of this consultant’s experience.

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WHO IS ACCREDITED?

Private Organization Accreditation

HeartShare assist individuals with developmental disabilities through education, day, residential and recreation programs, case management, and health services, and provides foster care/adoption services, counseling, after school and energy assistance programs, and programs for people with HIV/AIDS.
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ORGANIZATION TESTIMONIAL

Joint Base Charleston School Age Program

Paula B. Matthews, School Age Program Coordinator

Preparing for our after school accreditation was an awesome and very valuable learning experience for the Child and Youth Professionals at Charleston Air Force Base. Becoming familiar with and understanding the After School standards was a breeze because of the training webinars and the great customer service we received from all of the COA staff. Thank you for supporting our military families.
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