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Private Organization Accreditation
Sweetser, a Maine non-profit agency operating since 1828, provides comprehensive mental and behavioral health and substance abuse treatment services. Statewide, it serves around 15,000 consumers a year, including children, adults, and families in outpatient, office-based, and residential settings.
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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.
Standards for Canadian Organizations
The Standards for Canadian Organizations were developed in support of enhanced organizational growth and stability, an unwavering commitment to the health, safety, and rights of clients, and producing high quality, measurable results.
Because the Canadian Organization Accreditation process involves the review and accreditation of the entire organization, the standards focus on both its administrative operations and all of its service delivery practices for which COA has an applicable standard.
Canadian Edition Services
- Child, Youth and Family Services
- Behavioral Health Services
- Aging Services
- Homeless Services
- Developmental Disabilities Services
- Residential Services
- Nonprofit, For-profit, and Public Agencies
- Additional Social Services
Categories of Standards
The Standards for Canadian Organizations are divided into three parts:
- Administration and Management Standards
- Service Delivery Administration Standards
- Service Standards
Administration and Management Standards
The Administration and Management Standards apply to all organizations regardless of the services provided or populations served. They describe practices that promote sound operations and management.
Service Delivery Administration Standards
The Service Delivery Administration Standards also apply to all organizations and cover practices related to the administration of services
Service Standards describe practices related to distinct service areas across the full continuum of community-based social and behavioral healthcare services.
Further Reading and Recommended Trainings
For more detail regarding the standards, download and review the Accreditation Guidelines.
For more detail about the format, structure, ratings and standards development process, visit the Standards Overview page.
Canadian Organization Accreditation Overview
For more detail about the accreditation process and cost, visit the Canadian Organization Accreditation Overview page.
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