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.


Joint Base Charleston School Age Program

Paula B. Matthews, School Age Program Coordinator

Preparing for our after school accreditation was an awesome and very valuable learning experience for the Child and Youth Professionals at Charleston Air Force Base. Becoming familiar with and understanding the After School standards was a breeze because of the training webinars and the great customer service we received from all of the COA staff. Thank you for supporting our military families.
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Individuals and families who receive Disaster Recovery Case Management Services access and use resources and support that build on their strengths and meet their service needs.


Disaster Recovery Case Management services are designed to stabilize the living conditions of service recipients who are victims of disaster, the goal being to re-establish their pre-disaster status to the greatest extent possible. It involves fundamental case management practices such as planning, securing, coordinating, monitoring, and advocating for unified service goals with organizations and personnel working in close partnership with individuals and families served. Disaster Recovery Case Management services also include practices that are unique to service delivery in the aftermath of natural disasters, incidents of mass violence, and other major public emergencies. These services are delivered under difficult environmental conditions that typically result in loss of physical and technological infrastructure, disruption of operations, and other substantial communication, record keeping, coordination, and efficiency challenges. Distinct service delivery challenges are associated with the influx and simultaneous deployment of local, regional, provincial and federal assistance. Services may be delivered within, or separate from, a multi-service organization.


  • Revised Standard - 10/17/17
    New note to highlight CA-DRCM activities around mass violence. 

Interpretation: Although primary or short-term disaster care management is focused on emergency relief such as food, clothing, shelter, and information and referral, organizations and programs should provide or coordinate services to address long-term recovery needs as well. 

Research Note: Recent studies show that incidents of mass violence and terrorism have been steadily increasing. Victims of these manmade disasters have been found to exhibit prolonged rates of recovery and distinct behavioural health needs. To address these issues, federal funding initiatives are incentivizing organizations to enhance their disaster case management services to better address the critical needs that arise as a result of mass violence victimization. Programs are addressing these needs through stronger relationships with primary healthcare providers, and by incorporating suicide prevention efforts, crisis response, and other behavioral health services into their standard case management plans.

Research Note: Research on case management is, for the most part, focused on specific populations. Additionally, numerous models, approaches, and definitions of case management are present throughout the literature. Generally, case management programs provide assessment, recovery planning, referrals for services, monitoring, and advocacy. Research suggests that case management services may contribute to positive outcomes for older adults, persons with psychiatric disabilities, individuals with substance abuse conditions, and other populations. 

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

Disaster Recovery Case Management Narrative

Self-Study Evidence
    • Provide an overview of the different programs being accredited under this section. The overview should describe:
      1. the program's approach to delivering services;
      2. eligibility criteria;
      3. any unique or special services provided to specific populations; and
      4. major funding streams.
    • If elements of the service (e.g., assessments) are provided by contract with outside programs or through participation in a formal, coordinated service delivery system, provide a list that identifies the providers and the service components for which they are responsible. Do not include services provided by referral.
    • Provide any other information you would like the peer review team to know about these programs.
    • A demographic profile of persons and families served by the programs being reviewed under this service section with percentages representing the following:
      1. racial and ethnic characteristics;
      2. gender/gender identity;
      3. age;
      4. major religious groups; and
      5. major language groups
    • As applicable, a list of groups or classes including, for each group or class:
      1. the type of activity/group;
      2. whether the activity/group is short-term or ongoing;
      3. how often the activity/group is offered;
      4. the average number of participants per session of the activity/group, in the last month; and
      5. the total number of participants in the activity/group, in the last month
    • A list of any programs that were opened, merged with other programs or services, or closed
    • A list or description of program outcomes and outputs being measured