WHO IS ACCREDITED?

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.
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VOLUNTEER TESTIMONIAL

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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Purpose

Outreach Services identify and engage youth, adults, and families experiencing homelessness as a first step to accepting care for immediate health and safety needs, gaining access to community services and resources, taking steps towards community integration, and connecting to safe and stable housing. 

Definition

Street Outreach Services/Mobile Outreach Services are offered to youth, adults, and families experiencing homelessness, including those who are not served or are underserved by existing community service delivery systems.

Drop-In Centres are fixed-site, daytime programs that meet basic needs and connect individuals to community services in an environment that is safe, secure, comfortable, and non-stigmatising.

Update:

  • Revised Standard - 07/17/17
    The Outreach Services (CA-OS) standards were revised to reflect current best practice. 

Research Note: Outreach services often progress in phases, with individuals moving from accepting food, to establishing trust, to discussing a goal, to accepting services.

Note: Outreach programs that provide case management will also complete COA’s Case Management standards (CA-CM). Programs that provide mental health or substance use services will also complete COA’s standards for Services for Mental Health and/or Substance Use Disorders (CA-MHSU).

Note: Please see CA-OS Reference List and the Human Trafficking Reference List - Canadian for a list of resources that informed the development of these standards.

Note: The Outreach Services (CA-OS) standards were revised in July 2017 to reflect current best practice. For more information, please see the OS Standards Updates Summary - Private, Public, Canadian. 

Outreach Services 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
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