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Accreditation Overview

Accreditation Overview

COA accreditation is an objective and reliable verification that organizations and programs qualify for the confidence and support of their stakeholders.  The COA accreditation process involves a detailed review and analysis of an organization or program’s administrative functions and service delivery practices.  All are measured against international standards of best practice.  These standards emphasize services that are accessible, appropriate, based in the community, coordinated, culturally competent, evidence-based, individualized, outcomes-oriented, provided by a skilled and supported workforce, respectful of individual rights, strengths-based, supportive of partnership, child and family focused, treat all people with dignity, involve family and provider collaboration, and address child outcomes. As such, consumers, board members, funders, regulators and staff can have confidence in the credibility, integrity and achievement of the organization or program.

To achieve COA accreditation, an organization or program first provides written evidence of compliance with the applicable standards.  Thereafter, a group of specially trained volunteer Site Reviewers confirms adherence to these standards during a series of on-site interviews with the organization’s trustees, staff and clients. Based on their findings, COA’s Pre-Commission Review Committee or Accreditation Commission then determines whether an organization or program has successfully met the criteria for accreditation.

WHO IS ACCREDITED?

Private Organization Accreditation

Money Management International is a nationwide nonprofit organization that provides counseling and education related to credit, housing and bankruptcy, and offers debt management assistance if needed. MMI also conducts community education programs in the areas where we have a physical presence.
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ORGANIZATION TESTIMONIAL

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Covington

Wm. R. (Bill) Jones, ACSW, MDiv, Chief Executive Officer

Catholic Charities in Covington has been COA accredited since 1996. Though the time spent in completing the self study and hosting the site visit can sometimes feel sometimes daunting, the rewards far outweigh the effort. In our agency, the self-study is a group process that involves every member of the staff from the CEO to the building maintenance staff.
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