Standards News

Important Update to the Generic Service Summary Supplement (GSS)

06/11/2018

Private/Canadian organizations will be able to opt-in or opt-out of the GSS supplement for each applicable program as of June 11, 2018 more > >

Updated Standards for Family Foster Care and Kinship Care Services

05/10/2018

COA celebrates National Foster Care Month and releases updated Family Foster Care and Kinship Care (FKC) Standards more > >

Updated Behavior Support and Management Standards

05/09/2018

The BSM standards were developed through months of research, from feedback we’ve received on the standards throughout the years, a panel of experts,... more > >

Release of Updated Standards for Out-of-School Time Programs

02/01/2018

Every year millions of children and youth attend out-of-school time programs, and millions more might attend if more programs were available.  In an...

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Field Comment: Behavior Support and Management Standards

01/16/2018

Participate in this important update! Review the drafts of our updated standards for Behavior support and management services by February 16! more > >

Updated Standards for Family Preservation and Stabilization Services Standards

11/20/2017

Our standards for Family Preservation and Stabilization Services Standards (FPS) have been updated. The updates reflect best practices in the field...

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Updated Standards Supporting Compliance with the Indian Child Welfare Act Released

11/01/2017

For Private Organizations and Public Agencies more > >

Updated Disaster Recovery Standards

10/17/2017

Our Disaster Recovery Case Management standards were updated to provide further guidance to organizations responding to incidents of mass violence... more > >

Updated Standards for Homelessness Services Now Available

07/17/2017

Best practices in addressing homelessness are now incorporated in COA’s standards for homelessness services more > >

New Standards to Support Youth and Promote Resiliency

06/08/2017

COA's new Youth Psychosocial Services standards facilitate childhood development and resiliency using a holistic approach that improves family... more > >

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Private Organization Accreditation

Sweetser, a Maine non-profit agency operating since 1828, provides comprehensive mental and behavioral health and substance abuse treatment services. Statewide, it serves around 15,000 consumers a year, including children, adults, and families in outpatient, office-based, and residential settings.
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Sister Linda Yankoski, President/CEO

The Council On Accreditation provides all stakeholders involved in the delivery of social services the assurance that the organization is credible, effective, and is committed to quality improvement. The COA process is an important tool for anyone involved in leading an organization to establish best practices and maintaining and updating these practices over time.
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