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Private Organization Accreditation

Northside Psychological Services is a combination of both private practice and community mental health provider. We provide services to children and adults (EAP, private insurance, private pay, etc.) in our private practice setting. In our Community Care Program, we provide services to children and adolescents in their homes.
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ORGANIZATION TESTIMONIAL

Brewer-Porch Children's Center

James W. Thompson, Executive Director

The COA standards as applied to the operations at Brewer-Porch Children’s Center at The University of Alabama has given the administration an opportunity to examine best practice and improve the quality of care provided to clients.
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Purpose

Youth participating in Psychosocial Services (YPS) receive community based services that facilitate childhood development and resiliency using a holistic approach that improves family functioning and increases child well-being and safety.

YPS 9: Aftercare and Follow-Up

The organization and youth work together to develop an aftercare plan. Follow-up occurs whenever possible and appropriate.

Interpretation: While the decision to develop an aftercare plan is based on the wishes of the youth and their primary caregiver unless aftercare is mandated, the organization is expected to be strongly proactive with respect to aftercare planning.
 

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
  • 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
  • Aftercare planning is not initiated early enough to ensure orderly transitions; 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.,
  • There are 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
    • Aftercare and follow-up procedures
No On-Site Evidence
    • Interview:
      1. Clinical or program director
      2. Relevant personnel
      3. Individuals or families served
    • Review Case Records

  • YPS 9.01

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


  • YPS 9.02

    Aftercare plans identify services needed or desired by the youth and their primary caregiver and specify steps for obtaining these services.


  • YPS 9.03

    The organization takes the initiative to explore suitable resources and contact service providers when appropriate.


  • YPS 9.04

    The organization follows up on the aftercare plan, as appropriate, when possible, and with the permission of the youth and primary caregiver.

    Interpretation: Reasons why follow-up may not be appropriate include, but are not limited to, cases where the person’s participation is involuntary.
     

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