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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VOLUNTEER TESTIMONIAL

Bonnie Bagley

Volunteer Roles: Evaluator; Lead Evaluator; Peer Reviewer; Team Leader

I have found that being a COA Volunteer builds my professional skills and experience in ways that more traditional workshops do not. The opportunity to learn about best practices through the COA standards and then see how agencies implement them is truly a growth experience.
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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 8: Support Services for Family and Caregivers

Family and caregiver support services strengthen the family’s ability to provide care, prevent unwanted and inappropriate out-of-home placements, and help maintain family unity.

Table of Evidence

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

  • PA-DDS 8.01

    Information is available to help family and caregivers with their caretaking responsibilities.

    Interpretation: Information should address the needs or interests of caregivers and can include topics such as early childhood development, behavior, home economics, work-life balance, and nutrition.


  • PA-DDS 8.02

    The agency provides, or helps families and caregivers gain access to, a variety of community support services, including:

    1. behavioral support;
    2. case management;
    3. counseling;
    4. early intervention services;
    5. financial assistance;
    6. in-home support;
    7. public entitlements;
    8. respite services; and
    9. support groups.
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