WHO IS ACCREDITED?

Private Organization Accreditation

HeartShare assist individuals with developmental disabilities through education, day, residential and recreation programs, case management, and health services, and provides foster care/adoption services, counseling, after school and energy assistance programs, and programs for people with HIV/AIDS.
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ORGANIZATION TESTIMONIAL

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Covington

Wm. R. (Bill) Jones, ACSW, MDiv, Chief Executive Officer

Catholic Charities in Covington has been COA accredited since 1996. Though the time spent in completing the self study and hosting the site visit can sometimes feel sometimes daunting, the rewards far outweigh the effort. In our agency, the self-study is a group process that involves every member of the staff from the CEO to the building maintenance staff.
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Purpose

Group Living Services allow individuals who need additional support to regain, maintain, and improve life skills and functioning in a safe, stable, community-based living arrangement.

PA-GLS 9: Education Services

The agency provides or arranges for residents to receive education services and supports to help them achieve their educational and/or vocational goals. 

Interpretation: Agencies that do not provide services on-site are expected to coordinate with community-based providers to meet the educational needs of all residents. When agencies do not directly provide or arrange education services, individual case records should indicate that the treatment team ensures education plans are integrated into treatment plans and documents advocacy for areas of unmet educational need. Education services will vary depending on the population served. 

Interpretation: Agencies should have a way to keep abreast of changing educational systems and the impact any changes have on their service population and the achievement of their educational goals.

Table of Evidence

Self-Study Evidence On-Site Evidence On-Site Activities
    • Procedures for:
      1. Developing and/or integrating education plans
      2. Coordinating education services with community- based  providers 
      3. Ensuring family collaboration
No On-Site Evidence
    • Interview:
      1. Program director
      2. Relevant education personnel
      3. Residents and their families
    • Review case records

  • PA-GLS 9.01

    A comprehensive, coordinated education plan is developed for residents with educational goals, or vocational goals that include an educational component, and is integrated into their service plan.

    Interpretation: If the agency does not participate in the development of the education plan it is responsible for integrating each individual’s education plan into their service plan.


  • PA-GLS 9.02

    Residents pursuing educational goals are enrolled in an appropriate education program on-site or in the community.


  • PA-GLS 9.03

    For residents with diverse needs, the educational program incorporates effective instructional practices, quality curriculum design, and appropriate educational tools and supports.

    Interpretation: Children with diverse learning needs can include children who: require support due to a learning disability, are learning English as an additional language, and are intellectually gifted. Each individual education plan should include the individualized supports students need to successfully achieve their educational goals.

    NA The agency does not provide group living services to school-age children or youth.

    NA The agency does not directly provide the educational program nor develop the education plans for children or youth with diverse learning needs.


  • PA-GLS 9.04

    Program personnel, in partnership with residents and their parents or legal guardians if applicable, regularly communicate and coordinate services with educational providers.

    Interpretation: Family members should also be involved in communications with education providers to the greatest extent possible. Agencies should support parents and/or legal guardians in advocating for the educational needs of their children or the individuals in their care.


  • PA-GLS 9.05

    The agency provides or arranges, as needed:
    1. tutoring;
    2. preparation for a high school equivalency diploma;
    3. college preparation; 
    4. parent-teacher conferences;
    5. vocational or continuing education opportunities; and/or 
    6. advocacy and support.

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