Private Organization Accreditation

White's Residential & Family Services is Indiana's largest social services agency offering accredited and comprehensive residential, foster care, independent living, adoption, and home-based services.


Domestic Violence Intervention Services, Inc.

Donna Mathews, Associate Director

Becoming accredited and maintaining our accreditation through COA has helped us increase our professionalism and thereby provide better services to domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and dating violence survivors.
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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 8: Services for Substance Use Conditions

Youth with substance use conditions receive treatment that meets their needs.

Interpretation: As referenced in PA-JJR 7.08, youth diagnosed as having co-occurring mental health and substance use conditions should receive integrated treatment either directly or through active involvement with a cooperating service provider.

Research Note: Research suggests that many youth in the juveniles justice system are in need of treatment services for substance use conditions. However, it is also important to note that not all youth who have used substances in the past have conditions that require treatment.

NA The agency provides only detention services.

Rating Indicators
Full Implementation, Outstanding Performance
A rating of (1) indicates that the agency's practices fully meet the standard and reflect a high level of capacity.  
  • All elements or requirements outlined in the standard are evident in practice, with rare or no exceptions; exceptions do not impact service quality or agency performance. 
Substantial Implementation, Good Performance
A rating of (2) indicates that an agency's infrastructure and practices are basically sound but there is room for improvement. 
  • The majority of the standards requirements have been met and the basic framework required by the standard has been implemented.  
  • Minor inconsistencies and not yet fully developed practices are noted; however, these do not significantly impact service quality or agency performance.  
Partial Implementation, Concerning Performance
A rating of (3) indicates that the agency's observed infrastructure and/or practices require significant improvement.  
  • The agency has not implemented the basic framework of the standard but instead has in place only part of this framework.   
  • Omissions or exceptions to the practices outlined in the standard occur regularly, or practices are implemented in a cursory or haphazard manner. 
  • Service quality or agency functioning may be compromised.   
  • Capacity is at a basic level.
Unsatisfactory Implementation or Performance
A rating of (4) indicates that implementation of the standard is minimal or there is no evidence of implementation at all.  
  • The agency’s observed service delivery infrastructure and practices are weak or non-existent; or show signs of neglect, stagnation, or deterioration.  
Please see Rating Guidance for additional rating examples. 

Table of Evidence

Self-Study Evidence On-Site Evidence On-Site Activities
    • A description of services for substance use conditions
    • Substance use related procedures
No On-Site Evidence
    • Interview:
      1. Program director
      2. Relevant personnel
      3. Youth served
    • Verify employment of qualified health professional either directly or via contract
    • Review case records

  • FP
    PA-JJR 8.01

    When a youth’s assessment indicates the presence of a substance use condition, personnel determine and arrange for an appropriate level and intensity of care and treatment.

    Interpretation: A licensed physician, or another qualified health professional with experience, training, and competence in diagnosing and treating alcohol and other drug problems, should be involved in making decisions about the appropriate level and intensity of care and treatment.

  • PA-JJR 8.02

    Interventions are:

    1. based on evidence or clinical practice guidelines, where they exist; and
    2. appropriate for youth.

    Research Note: Research indicates that, because of the developmental differences between adults and adolescents, treatment models used with adults are often not effective with youth.

  • PA-JJR 8.03

    Youth are helped to:

    1. identify situations that prompt substance use; and
    2. develop healthier ways of responding to these situations.

  • FP
    PA-JJR 8.04

    Medical needs are addressed directly or through an established referral arrangement, and can include medical detoxification, medication monitoring and management, physical examinations or other physical health services, laboratory testing and toxicology services, and other diagnostic procedures.

  • FP
    PA-JJR 8.05

    A licensed physician, or another qualified health professional with experience, training, and competence in engaging, diagnosing and treating alcohol and other drug problems, is responsible for the medical aspects of substance use or dependency treatment, including:

    1. prescribing and/or supervising medication; and
    2. providing or reviewing diagnostic, toxicological, and other health related examinations.

    Interpretation: Medication management should include appropriate monitoring and administration of pharmacotherapy for youth with co-occurring conditions.

  • PA-JJR 8.06

    Youth are engaged in treatment for a sufficient length of time to attain recovery and promote positive behavioral change.

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