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Private Organization Accreditation

Debt Education and Certification Foundation (DECAF), a private non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, provides high-quality financial education and counseling, with nationwide outreach throughout the U.S. DECAF is HUD-approved, and recognized as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work for in Texas.
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ORGANIZATION TESTIMONIAL

Advantage Credit Counseling Service

Mary Loftus, VP, Agency Service

Our agency is preparing for reaccreditation under the Eighth Edition Standards. The COA site is well organized and very easy to use. Our team of employees working on the reaccreditation process has found the tools index to be very helpful, particularly some of the templates.
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Purpose

Guardianship Services for Minors support the establishment of a court-appointed, long-term, living arrangement with a committed caregiver that ensures safety and increases stability and child well-being.

GSM 9: Case Closing

Case closing is a planned, orderly process.

Rating Indicators
1
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.
2
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
  • 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
  • In a few instances the organization terminated services inappropriately; or
  • Active client participation occurs to a considerable extent; or
  • A formal case closing summary and assessment is not consistently provided to the public authority per the requirements of the standard.
3
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
  • Services are routinely terminated inappropriately; or
  • A formal case closing summary and assessment is seldom provided to the public authority per the requirements of the standard.; 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.
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
    • Case closing procedures
No On-Site Evidence
    • Interview:
      1. Program director
      2. Service Recipients
    • Review case records

  • GSM 9.01

    Planning for case closing:

    1. is clearly defined and includes assignment of staff responsibility;
    2. begins at intake; and
    3. involves the child, guardian, and others, as appropriate.

  • GSM 9.02

    Upon case closing, the organization notifies any collaborating service providers, including the courts and tribal governments, as appropriate.


  • GSM 9.03

    The organization informs the guardian of any ongoing reviews that will be conducted by the guardianship subsidy unit or the court.

    Update:

    • Revised Standard - 10/31/17

    Interpretation: When a case involves an American Indian or Alaska Native child, the tribe or a local Indian organization must be informed of ongoing reviews to ensure their involvement.

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