WHO IS ACCREDITED?

Private Organization Accreditation

Family Services of Southeast Texas strengthens families through accessible, affordable counseling services and education for issues affecting family life, mental health and employment.  We also provide comprehensive domestic violence shelter and support services.
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ORGANIZATION TESTIMONIAL

Family Services of the North Shore

Kathleen Whyte, Manager of Human Resources / Accreditation Coordinator

Family Services of the North Shore is about to enter our third accreditation cycle with COA. Accreditation has provided us with a framework that enables us to demonstrate accountability to our clients, our funders and our donors. There is no question that the accreditation process and COA have benefited our agency.
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Purpose

Children, youth, and adults who participate in Services for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities achieve full integration and inclusion in the mainstream, make choices, exert control over their lives, and fully participate in, and contribute to, their communities.

PA-DDS 7: Assistive Technology

Assistive technology is available to help persons served make full use of the agency’s services and live independently in the community.

Table of Evidence

Self-Study Evidence On-Site Evidence On-Site Activities
    • A description of services
    • Procedures for helping individuals access assistive technology
No On-Site Evidence
    • Interview:
      1. Program director
      2. Relevant personnel
      3. Individuals served
    • Review case records

  • PA-DDS 7.01

    The agency provides assistive technology, or helps the individual access resources, as needed, and the individual is:

    1. involved in the selection of specific technologies;
    2. afforded the opportunity to try the device prior to purchase or assignment; and
    3. trained on the use of specific assistive devices being provided.

  • PA-DDS 7.02

    The agency works with community resources to help the individual and family:

    1. purchase or gain access to assistive technology, auxiliary aids, and other assistive devices; and
    2. make necessary physical adaptations to the person’s home.
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