WHO IS ACCREDITED?

Private Organization Accreditation

Germaine Lawrence is a residential treatment center for girls ages 12-18 with complex behavioral, psychological and learning challenges.   Girls live at our programs while receiving special education, individual, family and group therapy; psychiatric and primary medical care; and a wide variety of therapeutic activities and interventions.
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VOLUNTEER TESTIMONIAL

Anita Paukovits

Volunteer Roles: Peer Reviewer

Being a COA peer reviewer has clearly played a role in my professional development and has made me a better administrator at my own agency as a result!  To be part of a professional network that is on the cutting edge of program, practice, fiscal responsibility, and insuring Best Practice across the field is an amazing opportunity.
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Purpose

The organization’s administrative and service environments are respectful, caring, safe, and accessible, and contribute to organizational productivity and effective service delivery.

Introduction

The Administrative and Service Environment standards reflect the significant impact that accessibility, health, and safety have on an organization’s productivity. These standards address explicitly how accessibility, emergency response preparedness, disease prevention, health, and physical safety apply to both the service and administrative environment. This section highlights the importance of providing a safe and healthy environment for people to work and receive services. The Administrative and Service Environment section includes a significant number of Fundamental Practice Standards.

Interpretation: Facilities reflect the organization’s commitment to provide comfort and dignity to individuals of diverse backgrounds and ages.

Research Note: Administrative and Service Environment practices are based predominantly in legal codes and administrative guidelines. Standards in this section were developed using legal documents such as the Americans with Disabilities Act, and safety guidelines published by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Note: Please see ASE Reference List for a list of resources that informed the development of these standards.

Note: Please see Facility Observation Checklist - Private, Public, Canadian for additional assistance with this standard.

Administrative and Service Environment Narrative

Self-Study Evidence
    • Describe the overall environment in which your organization operates and any environment-related security or emergency preparedness issues that may impact your organization (e.g., Our organization opened a new shelter three years ago in a more centralized location that was more accessible to the majority of our service population. However, the neighborhood has been identified as a high crime area with an increase in vandalism and break-ins over the past ten years. Since starting operations in the new location, our organization has taken the following precautions to ensure the safety of our personnel and service recipients