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.
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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

Individuals who receive Home Care and Support Services obtain a maximum level of independence, functioning, and health, and extend the time it is possible to live safely at home and in the community.

PA-HCS 6: Coordinated Home Management, Activities of Daily Living, and Health Services

Delivery of coordinated services ensures a safe, healthy, stable living environment.

Table of Evidence

Self-Study Evidence On-Site Evidence On-Site Activities
    • A description of services
    • Policy on assistance with self-administered medication
No On-Site Evidence
    • Interview:
      1. Program director
      2. Relevant personnel
      3. Individuals or caregivers served
    • Review case records

  • PA-HCS 6.01

    Sufficient community resources are drawn upon, and are reviewed with sufficient frequency, to provide a flexible approach and best possible “package” of services for each individual or family and their changing needs.

    Interpretation: A service “package” refers to the number and combination of different services, and volume of care. This perspective acknowledges that users of services are a diverse group who need a variety of services of varying combinations and frequencies.


  • PA-HCS 6.02

    Services provided directly or by a cooperating provider can include:

    1. housekeeping tasks and home management activities and education;
    2. companionship;
    3. chores, safe food handling and storage, and nutritious meal preparation;
    4. assistance with personal care;
    5. monitoring of overall health and well-being including observing, reporting, and documenting changes in bodily function;
    6. assistance with self-administered medications, as outlined by agency policy;
    7. assistance or prompting with activities of daily living;
    8. assistance with ambulation and transfer; and
    9. assistance with participation in community activities.

    Interpretation: When an agency provides some and not all of the services and support typically required to maintain a person in their home and community, the agency demonstrates that it alerts providers to any identified unmet needs.

    Interpretation: Assistance with self-administered medications has a high possibility for error, representing a risk for the client and the agency. It is important for the agency to have a clear policy on the level of acceptable assistance with self-administered medication and clearly communicate this policy to staff.

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