WHO IS ACCREDITED?

Private Organization Accreditation

HeartShare assist individuals with developmental disabilities through education, day, residential and recreation programs, case management, and health services, and provides foster care/adoption services, counseling, after school and energy assistance programs, and programs for people with HIV/AIDS.
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VOLUNTEER TESTIMONIAL

Judy Kay, LCSW

Volunteer Roles: Peer Reviewer; Team Leader

In administration for 22 of 24 years at Child Saving Institute, a COA-accredited not-for-profit child welfare agency in Omaha, Nebraska. Retired approximately two years ago, I moved to Tucson, Arizona, where I advocate for children's rights as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer to three young children.
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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.

Rating Indicators

The Rating Indicators assist in evaluating an organization's implementation of standards by defining each of the ratings on COA's four-point rating scale. While designed primarily for the onsite review team, the Rating Indicators can be a powerful self-assessment tool for organizations seeking accreditation.

For more information, check out our launch announcement and view the introductory video below.

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.

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