WHO IS ACCREDITED?

Private Organization Accreditation

Northside Psychological Services is a combination of both private practice and community mental health provider. We provide services to children and adults (EAP, private insurance, private pay, etc.) in our private practice setting. In our Community Care Program, we provide services to children and adolescents in their homes.
read more >>

VOLUNTEER TESTIMONIAL

Jane Bonk, Ph.D., LCSW

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

Dr. Jane Bonk is a team leader, evaluator, and commissioner who has led over 25 site visits for COA.
read more>>

Purpose

Children in Family Foster Care and Kinship Care live in safe, stable, nurturing, and typically temporary family settings that best provide the continuity of care to preserve relationships, promote well-being, and ensure permanency.

PA-FKC 2: Initial Assessment and Access to Services

The agency conducts prompt and responsive initial assessment and outreach to ensure awareness of services, determine if the program can meet the needs of children and families, and provide alternative service recommendations if needed.

Table of Evidence

Self-Study Evidence On-Site Evidence On-Site Activities
    • Initial assessment procedures
    • Admission policy
    • Procedures for identification of children with Indian heritage and collaboration with tribes on ICWA cases
    • Screening or Assessment tool that addresses Indian heritage
    • Copies of tribal state agreements, when applicable
    • Outreach materials
    • Interview:
      1. Program director
      2. Relevant personnel
    • Review case records

  • FP
    PA-FKC 2.01

    Prompt, responsive initial assessment practices: 
    1. ensure equitable treatment; 
    2. give priority to urgent needs and emergency situations; 
    3. support timely initiation of services; and
    4. ensure that referral sources are notified immediately if services cannot be provided or provided promptly.


  • PA-FKC 2.02

    During intake, the organization gathers information to identify critical service needs and/or determine when a more intensive service is necessary, including:

    1. personal and identifying information;
    2. emergency health needs; and
    3. safety concerns, including imminent danger or risk of future harm.


  • PA-FKC 2.03

    Agencies maintain an admission policy that includes:
    1. steps and requirements for admission;
    2. prohibition of discriminatory selection processes; and
    3. reasons the program may decline referrals.

    NA The agency: (1) accepts all clients, or (2) only receives clients by referral, and is required by contract to accept all referrals.


  • PA-FKC 2.04

    Agencies conduct outreach in their service area to: 
    1. ensure families are aware of and able to access services offered; 
    2. promote community awareness and collaboration; and
    3. increase resource family recruitment.
     


  • FP
    PA-FKC 2.05

    The agency identifies Indian children and has a process to ensure outreach and collaboration with the tribe or Indian agency to: 
    1. determine jurisdiction; 
    2. ensure compliance with, the Indian Child Welfare Act ; 
    3. provide families with information regarding their rights under the Indian Child Welfare Act; 
    4. participate in assessment and service planning  to determine the most appropriate plan for children and families; and 
    5. maintain connections between children and their tribes.

    Interpretation: Agencies are responsible for having established procedures for identifying Indian children that do not depend on their physical appearance. The agency should document efforts to identify and contact children’s tribes and if tribes are unknown they should notify the regional office of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.


  • FP
    PA-FKC 2.06

    Agencies conduct an initial assessment of children’s risk of harm to self or others and when risks are identified, that information is used to: 
    1. inform decision-making;
    2. identify suitable resource families; and/or 
    3. develop safety plans with parents and resource families.

Copyright © 2018 Council on Accreditation. All Rights Reserved.  Privacy Policy and Terms of Use