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

Nuevo Amanecer Latino Children's Services

Galo A. Rodriguez, M.P.H., President & CEO

Since Nuevo Amanecer Latino Children’s Services pursued its COA accreditation on October 14, 2004, this corporation has sustained a continuous quality improvement process by not looking whom to blame among the involved parties but improving what we have already done well… because good enough is not good enough.
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Purpose

Comprehensive, systematic, and effective risk prevention and management practices reduce the organization’s risk, loss, and liability exposure.

RPM 1: Legal and Regulatory Compliance

The organization possesses relevant licenses and complies with applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations.

Interpretation: The organization is expected to be familiar with all applicable, federal, state, and local legal and regulatory requirements. When necessary, the organization consults legal counsel to provide comprehensive necessary information regarding codes, regulations, licensure requirements, employment laws, and general guidance regarding legal compliance.

Interpretation: The network management entity annually verifies that member organizations, subcontracting organizations, and independent practitioners meet the legal and regulatory requirements to provide the services that they provide on behalf of the network.

Interpretation: Non profit credit counseling organizations are required to meet IRS 501 q regulations.

Rating Indicators
1
The organization's practices reflect full implementation of the standard.
2
Practices are basically sound but there is room for improvement; e.g., 
  • Some legal or regulatory requirements have not been recently reviewed.
3
Practice requires significant improvement; e.g.,
  • The organization has been notified of compliance or licensure problems and is working with the relevant authority to remediate deficiencies.
4
Implementation of the standard is minimal or there is no evidence of implementation at all; e.g.,
  • The organization is under sanction due to noncompliance with legal or regulatory requirements; or
  • The letter was not signed or otherwise was inadequate.

Table of Evidence

Self-Study Evidence On-Site Evidence On-Site Activities
    • Provide a letter signed by the Governing Body Chair and CEO certifying the organization is presently in compliance with license requirements, regulations and decrees. Networks are to provide procedures for ensuring provider compliance with applicable licenses, regulations, and decrees for services provided by the network.
    • See Governing Body minutes
    • Relevant licenses and legal regulation documents, as applicable to the organization
    • Reports from licensing/ regulatory review, as applicable
    • Network copies of relevant licenses and legal regulation documents, as applicable to the providers, at the office of the managing entity
    • Interview:
      1. Governing Body
      2. CEO/CFO
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