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

Rochelle Haimes, ACSW

Volunteer Roles: Commissioner; Peer Reviewer; Standards Panel Member; Team Leader

Rochelle is a Consultant working with a variety of private organizations to become accredited. Her primary area of expertise is in facilitating the development of PQI systems and activities. Her previous experience with both small and large organizations is the cornerstone for her long-standing volunteer activities as a Peer reviewer and as a Team Leader.
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Purpose

Sound administration and management increase program quality and sustainability; promote financial accountability and viability; support transparency and openness; and reduce risk, loss, and liability exposure.

CYD-AM 1: Authorization to Operate

The program operates as, or as part of, a legally-authorized entity.

Interpretation: The program may be, or be part of:

  1. a public agency, such as a school or the military;
  2. a nonprofit with a governing body incorporated or authorized to conduct business in the state where it operates or is headquartered and with a duly promulgated charter, constitution, and/or bylaws; 
  3. a nonprofit organized as an identified sub-unit of a religious body that has legal status or is an identified sub-unit of another legal entity recognized under state law; 
  4. a corporation sole; or 
  5. a for-profit organized as a corporation, partnership, sole proprietorship, limited liability company, or association with a duly promulgated charter and other appropriate governing documents.

Rating Indicators
1
The program’s practices reflect full implementation of the standard. 
2
Practices are basically sound but there is room for improvement.
3
Practice requires significant improvement.
4
Implementation of the standard is minimal or there is no evidence of implementation at all.

Table of Evidence

Self-Study Evidence On-Site Evidence On-Site Activities
    • Bylaws/charter/articles of incorporation, or other documentation showing the program operates as (or as part of) a legal entity
No On-Site Evidence
    • Interview:
      1. Program Administrator and/or Director
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