Private Organization Accreditation

Consumer Credit Counseling Service of the Savannah Area's mission is to provide the best non-profit community service, dedicated to delivering professional and confidential counseling, debt management, housing counseling and consumer education to all segments of the community regardless of ability to pay.


Holy Family Institute

Sister Linda Yankoski, President/CEO

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Individuals who participate in Opioid Treatment Programs improve social, emotional, and vocational functioning, achieve optimal productivity, and attain the recovery they seek.

PA-OTP 13: Interim Maintenance Treatment

Interim maintenance treatment is provided to support individual functioning and to ensure continuity of care.

Interpretation: Interim maintenance treatment programs meet the same requirements and standards of care as comprehensive maintenance treatment programs.

NA The OTP does not offer interim maintenance treatment.

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 interim maintenance treatment
    • Procedures for transferring persons from interim to comprehensive maintenance treatment
    • Procedures for notifying state health officer when a person's maintenance status changes
    • Documentation that addresses interim maintenance treatment program restrictions
No On-Site Evidence
    • Interview:
      1. Clinical or program director
      2. Relevant personnel
      3. Persons served
    • Review case records

  • PA-OTP 13.01

    The program administrator or sponsor places a person in an interim maintenance treatment program:

    1. with admission priority for pregnant women; 
    2. when the person cannot be placed in a comprehensive treatment program within 14 days of application;
    3. within a reasonable geographic area; and
    4. for a maximum of 120 days in any 12 month period.

  • PA-OTP 13.02

    The agency establishes written criteria for transferring individuals from interim maintenance to comprehensive maintenance treatment.

  • PA-OTP 13.03

    The agency notifies the state health officer when a person begins interim maintenance treatment, leaves interim maintenance treatment, or is transferred to comprehensive maintenance treatment.

  • PA-OTP 13.04

    In interim maintenance treatment programs medication is administered daily under observation. 

    Interpretation: In interim maintenance treatment programs take-home medication is not permitted; service plans, rehabilitative, educational, and other counseling services are not required; and service recipients are not assigned a primary counselor.  

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