WHO IS ACCREDITED?

Private Organization Accreditation

Money Management International is a nationwide nonprofit organization that provides counseling and education related to credit, housing and bankruptcy, and offers debt management assistance if needed. MMI also conducts community education programs in the areas where we have a physical presence.
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VOLUNTEER TESTIMONIAL

Bonnie Bagley

Volunteer Roles: Evaluator; Lead Evaluator; Peer Reviewer; Team Leader

I have found that being a COA Volunteer builds my professional skills and experience in ways that more traditional workshops do not. The opportunity to learn about best practices through the COA standards and then see how agencies implement them is truly a growth experience.
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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.

WT 10: Privacy Provisions

The organization provides for participant comfort, dignity, and private communications.

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

Rating Indicators
1
All elements or requirements outlined in the standard are evident in practice, as indicated by full implementation of the practices outlined in the Practice standards.
2
Practices are basically sound but there is room for improvement, as noted in the ratings for the Practice standards; e.g.,
  • Minor inconsistencies and not yet fully developed practices are noted, however, these do not significantly impact service quality; or
  • Procedures need strengthening; or
  • With few exceptions procedures are understood by staff and are being used; or
  • For the most part, established timeframes are met; or
  • Proper documentation is the norm and any issues with individual staff members are being addressed through performance evaluations (HR 6.02) and training (TS 2.03); or
  • Active client participation occurs to a considerable extent.
3
Practice requires significant improvement, as noted in the ratings for the Practice standards. Service quality or program functioning may be compromised; e.g.,
  • Procedures and/or case record documentation need significant strengthening; or
  • Procedures are not well-understood or used appropriately; or
  • Timeframes are often missed; or
  • A number of client records are missing important information  or
  • Client participation is inconsistent; or
  • One of the Fundamental Practice Standards received a rating of 3 or 4.
4
Implementation of the standard is minimal or there is no evidence of implementation at all, as noted in the ratings for the Practice standards; e.g.,
  • No written procedures, or procedures are clearly inadequate or not being used; or
  • Documentation is routinely incomplete and/or missing; or  
  • Two or more Fundamental Practice Standards received a rating of 3 or 4.

Table of Evidence

Self-Study Evidence On-Site Evidence On-Site Activities
    • Privacy policy and procedures
No On-Site Evidence
    • Interview:
      1. Program director
      2. Relevant personnel
      3. Youth or families served
    • Review case records
    • Observe facilities

  • FP
    WT 10.01

    The organization:

    1. establishes and implements policies for searches of participants or their property consistent with applicable state and federal law; and
    2. prohibits the use of surveillance cameras or listening devises for routine observation unless required by judicial order, law, or contract.

  • FP
    WT 10.02

    Searches of participants or their property are conducted in a manner that respects client rights, dignity, and self-determination and include, as appropriate to the frequency and invasiveness of searches:

    1. timely notification of a parent or guardian;
    2. definition and documentation of reasonable cause and assessed risk;
    3. trained, qualified staff; and
    4. an administrative review process including documentation, notification, and the timetable for review.

    Interpretation: The invasiveness of the search to be conducted has a direct impact on all aspects of search procedures. Organizations must demonstrate that more invasive searches are associated with an increased level of risk, reasonable cause, staff competence, and level of administrative review.


  • FP
    WT 10.03

    The organization does not open mail received by a participant, unless a previous incident involving the resident indicates that:

    1. the mail is suspected of containing unauthorized, dangerous, or illegal material or substances, in which case it may be opened by the participant in the presence of designated personnel; or
    2. receipt of, or sending, unopened mail is contraindicated.

  • FP
    WT 10.04

    Each participant can have private telephone conversations, and any restriction is:

    1. based on contraindications and/or a court order;
    2. approved in advance by the program director or an appropriate designee;
    3. documented in the case record; and
    4. reauthorized weekly by the immediate supervisor of the direct service provider.
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