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.


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Mary Loftus, VP, Agency Service

Our agency is preparing for reaccreditation under the Eighth Edition Standards. The COA site is well organized and very easy to use. Our team of employees working on the reaccreditation process has found the tools index to be very helpful, particularly some of the templates.
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Family Preservation and Stabilization Services improve family functioning, increase child and family well-being, ensure child safety, reduce the need for CPS intervention and/or the removal of children from the home, and strengthen families with children returning from out-of-home care.

PA-FPS 2: Access to Service

Services are available to families who need assistance improving family functioning, increasing child well-being, and keeping children safe at home.

Table of Evidence

Self-Study Evidence On-Site Evidence On-Site Activities
No Self-Study Evidence
    • Procedures for collaborating with agencies that refer families for service, if applicable
    • Materials provided to the public and/or other agencies informing them about the agency's services
    • Interview:
      1. Program director
      2. Relevant personnel

  • PA-FPS 2.01

    Services are available to families facing challenges that affect child and family safety, well-being, and/or stability when:

    1. children are at risk of being placed in out-of-home care, or need services to facilitate family reunification; and
    2. children can remain in, or return to, the home without compromising the safety of any family or community members.

    Research Note: Intensive programs were traditionally intended for families with children at “imminent” risk of placement, and one study found that treatment effects were strongest among the highest risk cases. However, programs may define “imminent” differently, and research suggests that services are generally not delivered to families with children truly at risk of placement. Further, research indicates that it can be difficult to successfully target these families, even when doing so is an explicit program goal. This finding reinforces the importance of measuring broader aspects of child and family functioning rather than focusing solely on placement prevention.

  • PA-FPS 2.02

    When families are referred and mandated to receive services by an agency with statutory responsibility, the agency works with the referring agency to promote efficient case coordination and collaboration.

    Interpretation: Services are often provided through the child welfare, juvenile justice, or mental health systems.

    NA Families are not referred to services by other agencies.

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