WHO IS ACCREDITED?

Private Organization Accreditation

Debt Education and Certification Foundation (DECAF), a private non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, provides high-quality financial education and counseling, with nationwide outreach throughout the U.S. DECAF is HUD-approved, and recognized as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work for in Texas.
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ORGANIZATION TESTIMONIAL

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Covington

Wm. R. (Bill) Jones, ACSW, MDiv, Chief Executive Officer

Catholic Charities in Covington has been COA accredited since 1996. Though the time spent in completing the self study and hosting the site visit can sometimes feel sometimes daunting, the rewards far outweigh the effort. In our agency, the self-study is a group process that involves every member of the staff from the CEO to the building maintenance staff.
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Purpose

Adults with serious and persistent mental illness who participate in Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services achieve their highest level of self-sufficiency and recovery through gains in personal empowerment, hopefulness, and competency.

PA-PSR 1: Service Philosophy, Modalities, and Interventions

The service philosophy:

  1. sets forth a logical approach for how program activities and interventions will meet the needs of service recipients;
  2. values consumer choice and promotes the individual’s and family member’s, as appropriate, participation and autonomy in the service design and implementation;
  3. ensures that services are strengths-based, culturally and linguistically responsive, and trauma-informed;
  4. guides the implementation and development of program activities and services based on the best available evidence of effectiveness; and
  5. outlines the service modalities and interventions that personnel may employ.

Update:

  • Revised Standard - 02/07/18

Interpretation: A functional philosophy, logic model, or similar framework, guides program development and implementation by linking the organization’s mission or purpose with strategies, practices, or tools needed to integreate these into daily work. A well-defined and visible practice model will help staff and stakeholders 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.

Interpretation: Being culturally and linguistically responsive includes attention to geographic, language of choice, mode of communication, and the person’s racial, ethnic, cultural background, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and developmental level. Variations of this phrase are used throughout the standards and relate to this definition.

Research Note: A trauma-informed approach is one that involves recognizing the signs and symptoms of trauma, and responding by emphasizing/considering the following during service delivery:

  • safety;
  • trustworthiness and transparency;
  • peer support;
  • collaboration and mutuality;
  • empowerment, voice and choice; and
  • cultural, historical, and gender issues.

Table of Evidence

Self-Study Evidence On-Site Evidence On-Site Activities
    • Service philosophy
    • Policies for prohibited interventions
    • Procedures for the use of therapeutic interventions
    • Procedures for the use of non-traditional or unconventional practices
    • Table of contents of training curricula
    • Documentation of training
    • Interview:
      1. Clinical or program director
      2. Relevant personnel
      3. Individuals or families served
    • Review case records

  • PA-PSR 1.01

    The program is guided by a philosophy that provides a logical basis for the services and support to be delivered to individuals, based on program goals and the best available evidence of service effectiveness.


  • FP
    PA-PSR 1.02

    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 service recipient or a legal guardian;
    2. obtains the written, informed consent of the individual or his/her legal guardian;
    3. ensures that personnel receive sufficient training, and/or certification when it is available; and
    4. monitors the use and effectiveness of such interventions.

    Update:

    • Revised Interpretation - 02/07/18

    Interpretation: Agencies that choose to engage in modalities or interventions that do not have an established evidence base should ensure that practices do not cause physical or psychological harm by demonstrating in their procedures that they have acknowledged the potential risks of implementing such methods and subsequently taken appropriate measures to minimize risks.

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


  • FP
    PA-PSR 1.03

    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. forced physical exercise to eliminate behaviors;
    6. unwarranted use of invasive procedures or activities as a disciplinary action;
    7. punitive work assignments;
    8. punishment by peers; and
    9. group punishment or discipline for individual behavior.

  • FP
    PA-PSR 1.04

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

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