WHO IS ACCREDITED?

Private Organization Accreditation

Germaine Lawrence is a residential treatment center for girls ages 12-18 with complex behavioral, psychological and learning challenges.   Girls live at our programs while receiving special education, individual, family and group therapy; psychiatric and primary medical care; and a wide variety of therapeutic activities and interventions.
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VOLUNTEER TESTIMONIAL

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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Purpose

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 3: Service Philosophy, Modalities, and Interventions

The program’s service philosophy:

  1. sets forth a logical approach for how services and the service environment will meet the needs of youth while protecting the safety of other residents, personnel, and the public;
  2. guides the development and implementation of program activities and services based on the best available evidence of effectiveness; and
  3. outlines the service modalities and interventions that personnel may employ.

Interpretation: A program model or logic model can be a useful tool to help staff think systematically about how the program can make a measureable difference by drawing a clear connection between the service population’s needs, available resources, program activities and interventions, program outputs, and desired outcomes.

Table of Evidence

Self-Study Evidence On-Site Evidence On-Site Activities
    • Include service philosophy in the Narrative
    • Policies for prohibited interventions
    • Procedures for use of non-traditional or unconventional practices
    • Table of contents of training curricula
    • Documentation of training
    • Interview:
      1. Program director
      2. Relevant personnel
      3. Youth served
    • Review case records

  • PA-JJR 3.01

    The program is guided by a philosophy that provides a logical basis for the services, support, and supervision provided, based on goals and the best available evidence of effectiveness.

    Interpretation: As referenced in the Note to the PA-JJR Purpose Statement, juvenile justice agencies seeking COA accreditation are expected to demonstrate a commitment to rehabilitation and reintegration.


  • FP
    PA-JJR 3.02

    If the agency permits the use of service modalities and interventions it defines as non-traditional or unconventional, it:

    1. explains any benefits, risks, side effects, and alternatives to the youth or a legal guardian;
    2. ensures that personnel receive sufficient training, and/or certification when it is available; and
    3. monitors the use and effectiveness of such interventions.

    Interpretation: Examples of non-traditional and unconventional service modalities or interventions include, but are not limited to: hypnosis, acupuncture, and modalities or interventions that involve physical contact, such as massage therapy.

    NA The agency does not permit non-traditional or unconventional modalities or interventions.


  • FP
    PA-JJR 3.03

    Agency policy prohibits:

    1. corporal punishment;
    2. the use of aversive stimuli;
    3. interventions that involve withholding nutrition or hydration, or that inflict physical or psychological pain;
    4. the use of demeaning, shaming, or degrading language or activities;
    5. unnecessarily punitive restrictions, including cancellation of visits, phone calls, or other forms of communication as a disciplinary action;
    6. forced physical exercise to eliminate behaviors;
    7. unwarranted use of invasive procedures or activities as a disciplinary action;
    8. punitive work assignments;
    9. punishment by peers; and
    10. group punishment or discipline for individual behavior.

  • FP
    PA-JJR 3.04

    An intervention is discontinued immediately if it produces adverse side effects or is deemed unacceptable according to prevailing professional standards.

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