Private Organization Accreditation

Lutheran Social Services of New England is a high-performing nonprofit organization. LSS is a powerful difference maker and go-to resource, driving ourselves to constantly anticipate futures that are different from the past. For 140 years, LSS has been caring for people in need in New England.


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Mary Loftus, VP, Agency Service

Our agency is preparing for reaccreditation under the Eighth Edition Standards. The COA site is well organized and very easy to use. Our team of employees working on the reaccreditation process has found the tools index to be very helpful, particularly some of the templates.
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Your Input is Essential

COA’s Standards undergo review and comment by hundreds of professionals while they are posted on the COA website during a Field Comment period.  The feedback and commentary shared through draft standard reviews is essential to creating standards that reflect current trends, best practice principles and continuous quality improvement.   In addition, the input and guidance received provides the diverse perspectives necessary to develop rigorous yet practical standards.   

Please take a moment to review COA’s Standards currently undergoing field comment or note those that are upcoming to ensure you have the opportunity to share your invaluable perspective.  We look forward to receiving your feedback!

Current Field Comment

Youth Psychosocial Rehabilitation Program Standards for Private, Public and Canadian Organizations 

Deadline to Submit: Thursday, April 20, 2017

In an effort to better fit our standards to the multitude of programs organizations we accredit offer, COA has developed a set of standards for Youth Psychosocial Rehabilitation Programs (YPS). The new YPS standards will apply to organizations who provide minimally intrusive interventions aimed towards helping youth with behavioral or emotional dysregulation while maintaining them in the community or least restrictive setting. Pulling from the literature on the wraparound approach to treatment, resiliency promotion, and the psychosocial needs of youth, as well as feedback from a panel of experts, we are submitting a draft of the new standards for field comment.

How to Submit Your Feedback

  1. Follow this link to download the draft YPS standards.
  2. Provide your comments directly in the document using tracked changes.
  3. Send the document with your tracked changes/comments to Isabelle Leventhal by COB Thursday, April 20.

Questions regarding the field comment process or the standards can be directed to Isabelle Leventhal, Standards Associate.

Thank you for your support and participation! All comments given will be taken into consideration as we continue to develop these standards.

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