Standards News

Updated Standards for Family Preservation and Stabilization Services Standards


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


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Updated Disaster Recovery Standards


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


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

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... more > >

NEW National Accreditation Standards for Public Agencies


COA releases standards that provide a detailed roadmap for public agencies seeking to increase effectiveness as they strive to improve outcomes for... more > >

Updated Youth Independent Living (YIL) Standards Released


New Core Standard for youth independent living program models integrated with residential services accommodates youth in transition. more > >

Updated Standards Supporting the Use of Technology Now Available


COA partnered with a diverse panel of subject matter experts to strengthen standards relating to technology adoption and utilization as well as... more > >

Release of Updated Standards Promoting Best Practices in Suicide Prevention


Best practices in suicide prevention are now incorporated into the Administrative and Service Environment (ASE), Counseling, Support, and Education... more > >

Updated Behavioral Health Standards Released


Outpatient Mental Health Services (MH) now combined with Services for Substance Use Conditions (SA) standards to make one service section: Services... more > >



Private Organization Accreditation

Debt Education and Certification Foundation (DECAF), a private non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, provides high-quality financial education and counseling, with nationwide outreach throughout the U.S. DECAF is HUD-approved, and recognized as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work for in Texas.


Judy Kay, LCSW

Volunteer Roles: Peer Reviewer; Team Leader

In administration for 22 of 24 years at Child Saving Institute, a COA-accredited not-for-profit child welfare agency in Omaha, Nebraska. Retired approximately two years ago, I moved to Tucson, Arizona, where I advocate for children's rights as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer to three young children.
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