WHO IS ACCREDITED?

Private Organization Accreditation

HeartShare assist individuals with developmental disabilities through education, day, residential and recreation programs, case management, and health services, and provides foster care/adoption services, counseling, after school and energy assistance programs, and programs for people with HIV/AIDS.
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ORGANIZATION TESTIMONIAL

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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Purpose

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 19: Aftercare and Follow-Up

The agency and the youth work together to develop an aftercare plan and follow-up occurs when possible and appropriate.

Interpretation: While the decision to develop an aftercare plan is based on the wishes of the youth unless it is mandated, the agency is expected to be strongly proactive with respect to aftercare planning.

NA The agency has an interagency agreement that does not include aftercare planning or follow-up.

Rating Indicators
1
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. 
2
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.  
3
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.
4
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
    • Aftercare and follow-up procedures
No On-Site Evidence
    • Interview:
      1. Program director
      2. Relevant personnel
      3. Youth and families served
    • Review case records

  • PA-WT 19.01

    The aftercare plan is developed sufficiently in advance of case closing to ensure an orderly transition.


  • PA-WT 19.02

    An aftercare plan identifies services needed or desired by the youth to solidify gains, specifies steps for obtaining these services, and helps individuals rejoin their families and communities.

    Research Note: Research suggests that an appropriate aftercare plan is essential to maintaining positive treatment outcomes. Prominent researchers in the field of WT point out that the transition from highly structured wilderness programs back to life in the community can be difficult without adequate support. Aftercare planning is an important part of helping youth to apply what they have learned to life outside the program.


  • PA-WT 19.03

    The agency takes the initiative to explore suitable resources and contact service providers.


  • PA-WT 19.04

    The agency follows up on the aftercare plan as appropriate, when possible, and with the permission of the participant.

    Interpretation: Reasons why follow-up may not be appropriate include cases where the youth’s participation is involuntary.

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