Private Organization Accreditation

Family Services of Southeast Texas strengthens families through accessible, affordable counseling services and education for issues affecting family life, mental health and employment.  We also provide comprehensive domestic violence shelter and support services.


Anita Paukovits

Volunteer Roles: Peer Reviewer

Being a COA peer reviewer has clearly played a role in my professional development and has made me a better administrator at my own agency as a result!  To be part of a professional network that is on the cutting edge of program, practice, fiscal responsibility, and insuring Best Practice across the field is an amazing opportunity.
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Juvenile Justice Residential Services promote public safety by providing youth with a supportive, structured setting that helps them address their needs and develop the attitudes and skills needed to make responsible choices, avoid negative behaviors, and become productive, connected, and law-abiding citizens.

PA-JJR 12: Living and Service Environment

Youth reside and receive services in safe, appropriate settings that meet their basic needs.

Note:Additional standards that address the importance of providing a clean, healthy, and safe service environment are included in PA-ASE.

Table of Evidence

Self-Study Evidence On-Site Evidence On-Site Activities
    • Include a description of services
No On-Site Evidence
    • Interview:
      1. Program director
      2. Relevant personnel
      3. Youth served
    • Observe site

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    PA-JJR 12.01

    The agency meets youths’ basic needs by providing:

    1. appropriate sleeping accommodations, including a clean, covered mattress; a pillow; and sufficient clean linens and blankets;
    2. sufficient access to facilities and supplies for toileting, bathing, and personal hygiene;
    3. clean and appropriate clothing.

    Research Note: Sleeping rooms should be large enough to allow for comfortable movement during in-room activities. Some literature suggests that single and double rooms should have at least 70 square feet per youth, and that rooms housing three or more youth should have at least 50 square feet per youth.

  • PA-JJR 12.02

    Sufficient and appropriate space, materials, and furnishings are available for:

    1. dining;
    2. exercise;
    3. on-site services, including treatment, education, and other programming;
    4. recreation and leisure;
    5. visits with family members; and
    6. private meetings with attorneys.

  • PA-JJR 12.03

    The living and service environments are homelike and non-institutional, to the extent possible and appropriate.

    Interpretation: Agencies may strive to make the environment homelike and non-institutional by, for example, allowing youth to personalize their sleeping areas, and contribute to decisions about how to make living areas comfortable and reflective of youths’ interests and diversity. The environment should be sensitive to and supportive of youth regardless of their age, developmental level, language, disability, background, gender and gender identity, race, ethnicity, culture, religion, socioeconomic status, and sexual orientation.

  • PA-JJR 12.04

    The agency allows for privacy in bathrooms and sleeping areas, to the extent possible and appropriate.

    Research Note: Literature indicates that adolescents have a greater need than most for personal privacy.

  • PA-JJR 12.05

    Adequate space and materials are also available for:

    1. housekeeping, laundry, maintenance, and storage, including storage of personal items youth are not permitted to keep in their living space;
    2. meeting the needs of on-duty personnel, including private sleeping accommodations for personnel who sleep at the facility, if applicable; and
    3. related administrative support functions.
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