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Standards Overview

WHO IS ACCREDITED?

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 TESTIMONIAL

Harry Hunter, MSW, MBA, Ph.D.

Volunteer Roles: Peer Reviewer; Team Leader

Peer Reviewer for the month of January 2013, Dr. Hunter has been volunteering for COA since 2005, conducting five site reviews.
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The Cornerstone of COA Accreditation

COA's standards reflect our philosophy that accreditation is not an end, but a means to an end. The real endpoint is an organization's enhanced growth and stability, measurable results, and an unwavering commitment to the health, safety, and rights of clients.

Use the links below to learn more about how COA's standards are formatted, developed, and assessed.

Format and Structure of COA Standards

For a complete overview of the structure, format, and individual components that make up COA's standards, take COA's self-paced training, The Format and Structure of COA's Accreditation Standards.

Standards Development Process

Standards development  is a multistage process designed to keep COA's standards relevant and up-to-date. Learn more about COA's standards development process.

Assessment and Rating

Learn how COA's Onsite Review Teams assess implementation and rate standards during the Site Visit with the COA Rating Indicator Legends.

Standards by Accreditation Program

COA Standards for Private, Public, and Canadian Organizations
COA Standards for Private, Public, and Canadian organizations reflect the administrative structure and service delivery of organizations that provide social and behavioral health care services.

COA Standards for Military Family Readiness Programs
COA Standards for Military Family Readiness Programs reflect the administrative structure and service delivery of Military programs designed to promote the readiness and wellbeing of service members and their families.

COA Standards for Child and Youth Development Programs
COA Standards for Child and Youth Development Programs reflect a comprehensive, yet program-specific, set of quality standards for Early Childhood Education, After School and Youth Development program accreditation.

Hague Accreditation and Approval Standards
The Hague Accreditation and Approval Standards are a formatted version of the final rule issued by the Department of State on the accreditation and approval of agencies and persons in accordance with the 1993 Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption.

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