Private Organization Accreditation

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ClearPoint Credit Counseling Solutions

Tim Spearin, Vice President, Quality Assurance

ClearPoint Credit Counseling Solutions has been accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA) since 1996.  Reaccreditation attests that a member organization continues to meet the highest national operating standards as set by the COA.  It also provides assurance that ClearPoint Credit Counseling Solutions is performing services which the community needs, conducting its operations and funds successfully.
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Youth who participate in Wilderness and Adventure-based Therapeutic Outdoor Services expand individual capabilities, develop self-confidence and insight, ameliorate symptoms, and improve interpersonal skills and relationships.

PA-WT 11: Safety Review and Risk Prevention

The agency ensures safe practice through advanced planning, safety procedures, and personnel and participant training.

Note: See PA-WT 21 Staff Training and Development.

Note: Please see Facility Observation Checklist - Private, Public, Canadian for additional assistance with this standard.

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
    • Safety procedures that address standards in this section
    • Three trip or activity plans
    • The table of contents for safety training curricula
    • Procedures for maintaining medication and first aid supplies
    • Procedures for vehicle use, inspection, maintenance, and operation
    • Contracts, including safety expectations, with any outside transportation providers
    • Safety committee meeting minutes
    • Interview:
      1. Program director
      2. Relevant personnel
    • Review medical clearance records

  • FP
    PA-WT 11.01

    A safety review committee, supervisory personnel, or external advisors:

    1. conduct ongoing safety reviews;
    2. promptly review incidents when emergency procedures are invoked; and
    3. recommend corrective action.

  • FP
    PA-WT 11.02

    Safety procedures include:

    1. use of a written safety manual or equivalent safety plan for each type of activity offered;
    2. completion of a safety or risk-management plan before each trip or activity that contains safety preparations and other emergency planning information;
    3. a mechanism for bringing a participant’s relevant health and medical information into the field;
    4. providing trip leaders with funds or other means for obtaining emergency resources during trips or programs held outside the agency’s immediate vicinity;
    5. filing incident reports for any accidents or incidents in which personnel or participants were injured or at risk; and
    6. notifying senior management if emergency procedures are invoked or an unanticipated problem or incident occurs.

  • FP
    PA-WT 11.03

    When conducting trips or outdoor activities in remote areas, the agency:

    1. develops written evacuation and search and rescue procedures;
    2. trains staff on protocols for conducting medical evacuation; and
    3. provides appropriate equipment for emergency communication links from field personnel to outside medical and other resources.

  • FP
    PA-WT 11.04

    When conducting offsite activities, the trip or activity plan includes:

    1. an itinerary maintained at the agency’s central location;
    2. weather conditions under which evacuation may be warranted;
    3. detailed information regarding contact with the service director, or a designee, and rangers when appropriate;
    4. means of contacting rescue resources, medical facilities, and law enforcement; and
    5. any public or private entity notified of the itinerary.

  • FP
    PA-WT 11.05

    Safety training related to missing persons addresses:

    1. search and rescue procedures;
    2. public-safety agency involvement; and
    3. notification of all relevant personnel.

  • FP
    PA-WT 11.06

    The agency trains all participants in planned trips or adventure based activities about the prevention of risks that may include:

    1. sunstroke, sunburn, hyperthermia, dehydration, frostbite, and snow blindness as appropriate to the type of activity and weather conditions;
    2. dangerous plants, animals, situations, and other hazards that may be associated with adventure-based activities or locations; and
    3. allergic and anaphylactic reactions.

  • FP
    PA-WT 11.07

    First aid, emergency response kits and emergency supplies, and medications needed by participants are available and under the control of the senior trip leader or other designated group leader at all times.

  • FP
    PA-WT 11.08

    An agency that provides transportation in agency-owned vehicles, or in vehicles owned by personnel or contractors, requires:

    1. vehicles be equipped with standard safety equipment and passenger restraint mechanisms;
    2. access to emergency roadside repair tools, spare tires and parts, and other equipment required by law;
    3. pre-trip vehicle checks and regular vehicle maintenance;
    4. advance planning for supervision of participants during travel and during scheduled stops; and
    5. advance planning for appropriate breaks and rest stops, with a full day of rest scheduled following four consecutive days of vehicular travel.

    NA The agency does not provide transportation directly or by contract.

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