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.


Domestic Violence Intervention Services, Inc.

Donna Mathews, Associate Director

Becoming accredited and maintaining our accreditation through COA has helped us increase our professionalism and thereby provide better services to domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and dating violence survivors.
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Experiential Education provides safe, activity-based opportunities for learning and reflection that support the achievement of identified program outcomes.

EES 5: Equipment Safety

The organization ensures that all equipment is appropriate and properly maintained.

Rating Indicators
All elements or requirements outlined in the standard are evident in practice, as indicated by full implementation of the practices outlined in the Practice standards.
Practices are basically sound but there is room for improvement, as noted in the ratings for the Practice standards; e.g.,
  • Minor inconsistencies and not yet fully developed practices are noted, however, these do not significantly impact service quality; or
  • Procedures need strengthening; or
  • With few exceptions procedures are understood by staff and are being used; or
  • For the most part, established timeframes are met; or
  • Proper documentation is the norm and any issues with individual staff members are being addressed through performance evaluations (HR 6.02) and training (TS 2.03); or
  • Active client participation occurs to a considerable extent.
Practice requires significant improvement, as noted in the ratings for the Practice standards. Service quality or program functioning may be compromised; e.g.,
  • Procedures and/or case record documentation need significant strengthening; or
  • Procedures are not well-understood or used appropriately; or
  • Timeframes are often missed; or
  • A number of client records are missing important information  or
  • Client participation is inconsistent; or
  • One of the Fundamental Practice Standards received a rating of 3 or 4.
Implementation of the standard is minimal or there is no evidence of implementation at all, as noted in the ratings for the Practice standards; e.g.,
  • No written procedures, or procedures are clearly inadequate or not being used; or
  • Documentation is routinely incomplete and/or missing; or  
  • Two or more Fundamental Practice Standards received a rating of 3 or 4.

Table of Evidence

Self-Study Evidence On-Site Evidence On-Site Activities
    • Procedures for maintaining equipment
No On-Site Evidence
    • Interview:
      1. Relevant personnel
    • Observe equipment
    • Review equipment maintenance records

  • FP
    EES 5.01

    All sports and outdoor equipment, including equipment that belongs to participants or personnel, meets national safety standards.

  • FP
    EES 5.02

    Equipment maintenance procedures include:

    1. pre- and post-activity equipment inspections, routine servicing, preventive maintenance, and repair;
    2. rehabilitation or removal of substandard equipment; and
    3. documentation of inspections and maintenance.

  • FP
    EES 5.03

    Staff are familiar with, or trained on, the use of materials and equipment employed in the field.

    Interpretation: Field testing of materials or equipment that are new on the market and being used to provide feedback to the manufacturer is prohibited while conducting service activities.

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