WHO IS ACCREDITED?

Private Organization Accreditation

Consumer Credit Counseling Service of the Savannah Area's mission is to provide the best non-profit community service, dedicated to delivering professional and confidential counseling, debt management, housing counseling and consumer education to all segments of the community regardless of ability to pay.
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VOLUNTEER TESTIMONIAL

Barry Gourley

Volunteer Roles: Endorser; Peer Reviewer

It is an honor to be a COA volunteer. I’ve had a great opportunity to work with fabulous COA volunteers, I’ve grown professionally in the COA accreditation process and I’ve met some wonderful people across this nation who are working hard to help and support children and families.
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Purpose

Juvenile Justice Residential Services promote public safety by providing youth with a supportive, structured setting that helps them address their needs and develop the attitudes and skills needed to make responsible choices, avoid negative behaviors, and become productive, connected, and law-abiding citizens.

JJR 8: Services for Substance Use Conditions

Youth with substance use conditions receive treatment that meets their needs.

Interpretation: As referenced in JJR 7.08, youth diagnosed as having co-occurring mental health and substance use conditions should receive integrated treatment either directly or through active involvement with a cooperating service provider.

Research Note: Research suggests that many youth in the juvenile justice system are in need of treatment services for substance use conditions. However, it is also important to note that not all youth who have used substances in the past have conditions that require treatment.

NA The organization provides only detention services.

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
  • 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.
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
  • 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.
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
    • A description of services for substance use conditions
    • Substance use related procedures
No On-Site Evidence
    • Interview:
      1. Program director
      2. Relevant personnel
      3. Youth served
    • Verify employment of qualified health professional either directly or via contract
    • Review case records

  • FP
    JJR 8.01

    When a youth’s assessment indicates the presence of a substance use condition, personnel determine and arrange for an appropriate level and intensity of care and treatment.

    Interpretation: A licensed physician, or another qualified health professional with experience, training, and competence in diagnosing and treating alcohol and other drug problems, should be involved in making decisions about the appropriate level and intensity of care and treatment.


  • JJR 8.02

    Interventions are:

    1. based on evidence or clinical practice guidelines, where they exist; and
    2. appropriate for youth.

    Research Note: Research indicates that, because of the developmental differences between adults and adolescents, treatment models used with adults are often not effective with youth.


  • JJR 8.03

    Youth are helped to:

    1. identify situations that prompt substance use; and
    2. develop healthier ways of responding to these situations.

  • FP
    JJR 8.04

    Medical needs are addressed directly or through an established referral arrangement, and can include medical detoxification, medication monitoring and management, physical examinations or other physical health services, laboratory testing and toxicology services, and other diagnostic procedures.


  • FP
    JJR 8.05

    A licensed physician, or another qualified health professional with experience, training, and competence in engaging, diagnosing and treating alcohol and other drug problems, is responsible for the medical aspects of substance use or dependency treatment, including:

    1. prescribing and/or supervising medication; and
    2. providing or reviewing diagnostic, toxicological, and other health related examinations.

    Interpretation: Medication management should include appropriate monitoring and administration of pharmacotherapy for youth with co-occurring conditions.


  • JJR 8.06

    Youth are engaged in treatment for a sufficient length of time to attain recovery and promote positive behavioral change.

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