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

Ulysses Arteaga, L.C.S.W.

Volunteer Roles: Commissioner; EPPA; Marine Reviewer; Military Reviewer; Peer Reviewer; Team Leader

The Consuelo Foundation 2012 Peer Reviewer of the Year, Mr. Arteaga conducts two to three site visits a year, often volunteering for visits that require a Spanish speaking peer.
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Purpose

Individuals who participate in Opioid Treatment Programs improve social, emotional, and vocational functioning, achieve optimal productivity, and attain the recovery they seek.

OTP 1: Access to Service

Individuals are promptly admitted for 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
    • Access procedures
    • Blank consent form
    • Interview:
      1. Clinical or program director
      2. Relevant personnel
      3. Persons served
    • Review case records
    • Observe facilities

  • OTP 1.01

    Services are provided in a welcoming environment that is conducive to rehabilitation, and operating hours are based on the needs of the service population.


  • FP
    OTP 1.02

    Pregnant women and individuals with urgent needs and emergency medical or psychiatric situations receive priority admission.


  • FP
    OTP 1.03

    Prior to admission each service recipient, or a parent or legal guardian, completes and signs a consent form.


  • OTP 1.04

    Individuals under 18 years of age are eligible for treatment only if they have experienced two documented, unsuccessful attempts at short-term detoxification or drug-free treatment.

     NA The organization does not provide treatment to service recipient under 18 years of age.


  • OTP 1.05

    Service recipients have emergency access to staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


  • OTP 1.06

    The organization does not serve individuals receiving services from other OTPs, except in extenuating circumstances, and the case record contains:

    1. results of a review to determine if the person is enrolled in another OTP; and
    2. justification of extenuating circumstances as determined by the medical director or physician, when they exist.

  • OTP 1.07

    The organization is responsible for the safety and quality of services provided via information and communications technology. 

    NA The organization does not provide services via information and communications technology. 

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