Private Organization Accreditation

Money Management International is a nationwide nonprofit organization that provides counseling and education related to credit, housing and bankruptcy, and offers debt management assistance if needed. MMI also conducts community education programs in the areas where we have a physical presence.


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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Individuals with cognitive, psychiatric, behavioral, and/or substance use conditions and serious emotional disturbances who receive Day Treatment Services improve psychosocial, educational, vocational, and cognitive functioning, and learn to manage their symptoms.

PA-DTX 6: Interdisciplinary Program

Participants regularly attend an interdisciplinary program of treatment, education, and activity that fosters active participation and incorporates available social supports.

Interpretation: The availability of social supports to individuals varies, and incorporation of supports should be to the greatest extent possible.

Rating Indicators
Full Implementation, Outstanding Performance
A rating of (1) indicates that the agency's practices fully meet the standard and reflect a high level of capacity.  
  • All elements or requirements outlined in the standard are evident in practice, with rare or no exceptions; exceptions do not impact service quality or agency performance. 
Substantial Implementation, Good Performance
A rating of (2) indicates that an agency's infrastructure and practices are basically sound but there is room for improvement. 
  • The majority of the standards requirements have been met and the basic framework required by the standard has been implemented.  
  • Minor inconsistencies and not yet fully developed practices are noted; however, these do not significantly impact service quality or agency performance.  
Partial Implementation, Concerning Performance
A rating of (3) indicates that the agency's observed infrastructure and/or practices require significant improvement.  
  • The agency has not implemented the basic framework of the standard but instead has in place only part of this framework.   
  • Omissions or exceptions to the practices outlined in the standard occur regularly, or practices are implemented in a cursory or haphazard manner. 
  • Service quality or agency functioning may be compromised.   
  • Capacity is at a basic level.
Unsatisfactory Implementation or Performance
A rating of (4) indicates that implementation of the standard is minimal or there is no evidence of implementation at all.  
  • The agency’s observed service delivery infrastructure and practices are weak or non-existent; or show signs of neglect, stagnation, or deterioration.  
Please see Rating Guidance for additional rating examples. 

Table of Evidence

Self-Study Evidence On-Site Evidence On-Site Activities
    • A description of services
    • Provide procedures for obtaining clearance for persons served to participate in the described activities
    • Interview:
      1. Clinical or program director
      2. Relevant personnel
      3. Individuals served
    • Review case records

  • PA-DTX 6.01

    The day treatment program:

    1. aids in the transition from in-patient to out-patient care;
    2. addresses needs not met by less intensive programming;
    3. offers an alternative to more restrictive care; and
    4. works with individuals and other providers to ensure continuity of care.

  • PA-DTX 6.02

    Participants are engaged in therapeutic activities designed to develop and maintain a normalizing routine, enhance personal and interpersonal skills and behaviors, and address identified problem areas.

  • PA-DTX 6.03

    Services are appropriate to the program model and the service population and the program includes:

    1. individual and group treatment;
    2. family therapy;
    3. educational programming;
    4. psychoeducational groups;
    5. medication evaluation and monitoring;
    6. expressive therapies;
    7. recreational activities;
    8. pre-vocational training;
    9. independent living skills training; and
    10. other planned, structured activities.

    Interpretation: While programs should include all service areas identified in elements a through i, the structure and content of these services will vary depending on the program model, the needs of the service population, and the needs of each individual.

    Note: Refer to DTX 6.07 for further requirements around planning day treatment activities and refer to DTX 8 for further requirements around education services.

  • PA-DTX 6.04

    Participants are helped to develop and expand their informal support networks, including connections with friends, extended family, and community members.

    Research Note: Early research indicates that the availability of social support has a positive association with clinical outcomes.

  • PA-DTX 6.05

    Therapeutic programming provides scheduled sessions for a minimum of:

    1. nine hours per week in intensive outpatient programs; or
    2. sixteen to twenty hours per week in partial hospitalization programs.

    Interpretation: Outpatient day treatment programs may operate for fewer than nine hours per week when the frequency and intensity of services is appropriate to individual needs and a rationale is provided in individual service plans.

  • PA-DTX 6.06

    The agency helps individuals establish and strengthen links to needed support services, including:

    1. supported housing;
    2. supported employment;
    3. medical care;
    4. substance use treatment;
    5. public benefits;
    6. child care;
    7. educational services;
    8. respite care; and
    9. peer support.

  • PA-DTX 6.07

    When planning day treatment activities the agency takes into account group characteristics and the individual’s:

    1. age and developmental level;
    2. emotional stability;
    3. personality;
    4. skills; and
    5. gender.

  • PA-DTX 6.08

    A program that serves a mix of individuals who live in residential care and in the community ensures that:

    1. residents and non-residents receive a comprehensive program that is tailored to individual needs;
    2. mechanisms for communication between day and residential programs are in place; and
    3. responsibilities of residential and day programs are clearly delineated.

    NA The agency does not serve a mixed population of residents and non-residents.

  • FP
    PA-DTX 6.09

    Individuals and involved family members participate in the development of a crisis plan and an advanced mental health directive consistent with applicable law or regulation, when appropriate.

    Interpretation: Advanced mental health directives, also known as advanced psychiatric directives, enable a person with a mental illness to make decisions about the mental health care they want to receive when they may be incapacitated. Advanced mental health directives go into effect if the person is unable to make decisions for him/herself and are revocable. Advanced directives frequently address such issues as: preferences for hospitals, medications, and specific interventions; and designating a person to make decisions about their care on their behalf.

  • FP
    PA-DTX 6.10

    The agency evaluates service recipients for their ability to participate in athletic activities and obtains as necessary:

    1. written, signed permission slips from service recipients’ legal guardians;
    2. a medical records release;
    3. a signed document from a qualified medical professional stating that the service recipient is physically capable of participating; or
    4. an adult waiver and release of liability. 

    NA The agency does not offer athletic activities to service recipients.

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