Private Organization Accreditation

Heartland for Children is the not-for-profit agency responsible for the foster care system in Polk, Highlands, and Hardee Counties.


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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Network services are delivered to a defined population through an integrated network of providers with the goal of ensuring optimal access, quality of care, and consumer satisfaction.

NET 10: Network Application Process

Organizations that deliver services to the network’s service population are qualified to provide network services.

Table of Evidence

Self-Study Evidence On-Site Evidence On-Site Activities
    • Network application procedures
    • Network application(s)
    • Records of on-site visits and reviews of the specific applications, including the reasons for approving or not approving applications
    • Interview:
      1. Program director
      2. CEO/Commissioner/Executive Management
      3. Providers
      4. Contract Management

  • NET 10.01

    The process of becoming a network participant includes:

    1. a written application;
    2. verification of licensure or authorization to provide services; and
    3. an on-site review of compliance with the network’s protocols and requirements.

  • NET 10.02

    The network application process emphasizes the continuity of care for the network’s service population.

    Interpretation: Continuity of care for the network’s service population is an important consideration for network development and requirements to participate as a network provider. Consequently, the network application process includes continuity of care requirements and the impact that an applying provider organization may have on continuity of care for the network’s service population.

  • NET 10.03

    The network’s application process is consistent with applicable legal requirements, and includes procedures for:

    1. making decisions to accept or reject applicants;
    2. denying admission to the network;
    3. appealing application decisions; and
    4. terminating the relationship.
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