In connection with Article 3(1)(c) of the Memoranda of Agreement with COA and Colorado, the Accrediting Entities must, in coordination with the Department of State, “develop explanatory guidance to assist applicants for accreditation (temporary accreditation) and approval in achieving substantial compliance with the applicable standards.”

Explanatory Guidance and Clarifications

Certain standards may require “clarifications” to:

a) clarify the meaning of a term used within a standard;
b) provide guidance through rating indicator examples regarding levels of compliance with a standard; and
c) identify standards for which a showing of capacity would justify a rating of substantial compliance or better and guidance regarding evidence of capacity.

Explanatory guidance is provided by the Department of State in a compendium of Technical Guidance available on the Department of State website.

Tip Sheets

COA provides Tip Sheets that offer guidance for the accreditation, approval, and renewal process. Tip Sheets offer guidance on how to develop policies and procedures and how capacity is evaluated.

Tip Sheet: How to Develop a Policy
Provides guidance on how to develop an effective policy.

Tip Sheet: How to Develop a Procedure
Provides guidance on how to develop an effective procedure.

Tip Sheet: Demonstrating Capacity
This tip sheet provides a list of standards for which a showing of capacity may justify a rating of substantial compliance or better at the initial evaluation stage. Guidance is provided regarding evidence of capacity through examples of questions for evaluators to ask when assessing capacity.

WHO IS ACCREDITED?

Private Organization Accreditation

Stillwater-based FamilyMeans provides services in budget and credit counseling, mental health, collaborative divorce, caregiver support, youth programming, and an employee assistance program. 
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ORGANIZATION TESTIMONIAL

Family Services of the North Shore

Kathleen Whyte, Manager of Human Resources / Accreditation Coordinator

Family Services of the North Shore is about to enter our third accreditation cycle with COA. Accreditation has provided us with a framework that enables us to demonstrate accountability to our clients, our funders and our donors. There is no question that the accreditation process and COA have benefited our agency.
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