WHO IS ACCREDITED?

Private Organization Accreditation

Lutheran Social Services of New England is a high-performing nonprofit organization. LSS is a powerful difference maker and go-to resource, driving ourselves to constantly anticipate futures that are different from the past. For 140 years, LSS has been caring for people in need in New England.
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ORGANIZATION TESTIMONIAL

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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Purpose

The agency’s administrative and service environments contribute to agency effectiveness and are respectful, safe, and accessible.

FOC
PA-ASE 8: Special Health Precautions

The agency takes appropriate precautions to limit the spread of contagious and infectious disease.

NA The agency is not governed by any legal or regulatory requirements associated with risk of exposure to contagious and infectious disease nor do they serve a population at high risk of TB infection.

Table of Evidence

Self-Study Evidence On-Site Evidence On-Site Activities
    County/Municipality Administered Agency, State Administered Agency (Central Office), or other Public Entity 
    • See letter signed by the agency head verifying legal and regulatory compliance in PA-RPM 1 (PA-ASE 8.01)
    • Procedures for tuberculosis testing (PA-ASE 8.02)
    • A list of all positions that require TB testing (PAASE 8.02)
    • Documentation of up to date TB testing for required staff (agency-wide for counties, administrative office-wide for state central office) (PA-ASE 8.02)
    State Administered Agency (Regional Office)
    • Documentation of up to date TB testing for required staff in the region (PA-ASE 8.02)
    All Agencies
    • Relevant legal and regulatory documentation as applicable to the agency (PA-ASE 8.01)
    All Agencies
    • Interview:
      1. Relevant personnel

  • FP
    PA-ASE 8.01

    The agency complies with applicable legal and regulatory requirements regarding risk of exposure to contagious and infectious disease.

    Interpretation: COA recommends that agencies consult with local health authorities or a qualified professional about how to minimize the risk of contagious and infectious diseases to the agency’s personnel and persons served, which may include voluntary adherence to CDC guidelines and training program staff on the use of universal precautions.

    Interpretation: Storage, cleaning, and disposal of medical equipment must be in accordance with manufacturers’ recommendations.

    NA The agency is not governed by any legal or regulatory requirements associated with risk of exposure to contagious and infectious disease.


  • FP
    PA-ASE 8.02

    The agency implements a targeted tuberculosis testing program of direct service personnel as appropriate given the identified service population and as required by law or regulation.

    Interpretation: Agencies should be able to articulate and demonstrate how they determined if they serve a population at high risk of TB infection. Local and state public health authorities can be a useful resource when determining if there is a need to implement a targeted testing program among the agency’s staff. Local public health authorities have access to epidemiological data analysis, guidance from national authorities, and local rates of TB infection, which will help agencies assess the risk for TB. Agencies should consult with their local health department if the service population changes in a way that might affect the risk of TB.

    Research Note: According to the American Thoracic Society and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, populations at high risk of TB infection include individuals with HIV, the homeless, drug users, the incarcerated, or individuals who have traveled or emigrated from a country with a high rate of infection. The CDC discourages TB testing among individuals with a low risk for developing tuberculosis because it utilizes resources that should be maintained for populations at greater risk of infection and increases the prevalence of false positives. Mandated skin-testing programs should be avoided unless a large percentage of the identified service population is defined as “high risk” by local authorities.

    NA The agency does not serve high risk groups and is not required by law to conduct TB testing.

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