WHO IS ACCREDITED?

Private Organization Accreditation

Debt Education and Certification Foundation (DECAF), a private non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, provides high-quality financial education and counseling, with nationwide outreach throughout the U.S. DECAF is HUD-approved, and recognized as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work for in Texas.
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ORGANIZATION TESTIMONIAL

ClearPoint Credit Counseling Solutions

Tim Spearin, Vice President, Quality Assurance

ClearPoint Credit Counseling Solutions has been accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA) since 1996.  Reaccreditation attests that a member organization continues to meet the highest national operating standards as set by the COA.  It also provides assurance that ClearPoint Credit Counseling Solutions is performing services which the community needs, conducting its operations and funds successfully.
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Standards Updates

In an effort to keep our accreditation standards current and reflective of best practice, COA issues updates on an ongoing basis. Updates to existing standards are released every month. The Updates page offers an opportunity to view an archive of recent changes and revisions to the accreditation standards, including the scope of the update and its effective date. Please note that standards update notifications only remain visible for a year after publication. 

To find information on the release of new standards sections or significantly revised standards sections, please refer to Standard News

Standards Updates with Descriptions

Military Family Readiness
Military Lifestyle Support and Education (MIL-MLSE)
Standard Update Effective Date
MIL-MLSE Revised Standard Jun 21, 2017
Volunteer Coordination (MIL-VC)
Standard Update Effective Date
MIL-VC Revised Standard Jun 12, 2017
Human Resources Management (MIL-HR)
Standard Update Effective Date
MIL-HR Revised Standard Jun 02, 2017
Risk Prevention and Management (MIL-RPM)
Standard Update Effective Date
MIL-RPM 2.02 Revised Standard Oct 14, 2016
MIL-RPM 2.03 Revised Standard Oct 14, 2016
Administrative and Service Environment (MIL-ASE)
Standard Update Effective Date
MIL-ASE 3 Revised Standard Oct 14, 2016
MIL-ASE 5 Added Evidence Sep 15, 2016
Emergency Family Assistance (MIL-EFA)
Standard Update Effective Date
MIL-EFA 1.02 Revised Standard Jul 29, 2016
Private
Administrative and Service Environment (ASE)
Standard Update Effective Date
ASE 1.06 Revised Standard Jun 15, 2017
ASE 6.06 Revised Standard May 15, 2017
ASE 6 Revised Evidence Mar 15, 2017
ASE 6.04 Revised Standard Mar 15, 2017
ASE 6.03 Revised Standard Jan 26, 2017
ASE 7 Added Evidence Sep 20, 2016
ASE 7.02 Added Interpretation Sep 20, 2016
Risk Prevention and Management (RPM)
Standard Update Effective Date
RPM 9.07 Revised Standard Jun 15, 2017
RPM 11 Deleted Evidence May 15, 2017
RPM 2.01 Added Interpretation Jan 26, 2017
RPM 3.01 Added Interpretation Sep 20, 2016
RPM 3.04 Revised Standard Sep 20, 2016
RPM 6.02 Revised Standard Aug 15, 2016
For-Profit Administration and Financial Management (AFM)
Standard Update Effective Date
AFM 8.01 Revised Standard Jun 15, 2017
AFM 8.01 Revised Standard Oct 14, 2016
AFM 8.02 Revised Standard Oct 14, 2016
Residential Treatment Services (RTX)
Standard Update Effective Date
RTX 9.07 Revised Standard May 26, 2017
RTX 3 Added Interpretation Mar 15, 2017
RTX 3.01 Added Note Mar 15, 2017
RTX 5.01 Revised NA Mar 15, 2017
RTX 8.01 Added Note Mar 15, 2017
RTX 8.02 Added Note Mar 15, 2017
RTX 8.05 Revised Standard Mar 15, 2017
RTX 16.04 Added Note Mar 15, 2017
RTX 16.05 Added Note Mar 15, 2017
RTX 14 Revised Evidence Dec 15, 2016
RTX 9.01 Added Interpretation Dec 15, 2016
RTX 4 Added Interpretation Sep 15, 2016
Financial Education and Counseling Services (FEC)
Standard Update Effective Date
FEC 10 Deleted Evidence May 15, 2017
Day Treatment Services (DTX)
Standard Update Effective Date
DTX 6.10 Revised Standard Mar 15, 2017
DTX 3 Added Interpretation Sep 15, 2016
Group Living Services (GLS)
Standard Update Effective Date
GLS 7.06 Revised Standard Mar 15, 2017
GLS 8.01 Added Interpretation Dec 15, 2016
GLS 4 Added Interpretation Sep 15, 2016
Ethical Practice (ETH)
Standard Update Effective Date
ETH 3 Deleted Evidence Feb 15, 2017
ETH 3.01 Revised Standard Feb 15, 2017
Governance (GOV)
Standard Update Effective Date
GOV 9 Revised Standard Feb 15, 2017
GOV 9.02 Revised Standard Feb 15, 2017
GOV 6 Added Evidence Nov 15, 2016
GOV 6.05 Revised Standard Nov 15, 2016
GOV 6.07 Added Standard Nov 15, 2016
Performance and Quality Improvement (PQI)
Standard Update Effective Date
PQI Revised Standard Feb 13, 2017
Services for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities (DDS)
Standard Update Effective Date
DDS 8 Revised Standard Jan 15, 2017
DDS 3.02 Added Interpretation Sep 15, 2016
Family Foster Care and Kinship Care (FKC)
Standard Update Effective Date
FKC 6.01 Revised Interpretation Jan 15, 2017
FKC 18.05 Added Interpretation Jan 15, 2017
FKC 3.02 Added Interpretation Sep 15, 2016
Counseling, Support and Education Services (CSE)
Standard Update Effective Date
CSE 4 Added Evidence Nov 15, 2016
Services for Mental Health and/or Substance Use Disorders (MHSU)
Standard Update Effective Date
MHSU 5 Added Evidence Nov 15, 2016
MHSU 3 Added Interpretation Sep 15, 2016
Domestic Violence Services (DV)
Standard Update Effective Date
DV 4 Added Interpretation Sep 15, 2016
Family Preservation and Stabilization Services (FPS)
Standard Update Effective Date
FPS 3 Added Interpretation Sep 15, 2016
Home Care and Support Services (HCS)
Standard Update Effective Date
HCS 4.01 Added Interpretation Sep 15, 2016
Juvenile Justice Case Management Services (JJCM)
Standard Update Effective Date
JJCM 2.02 Added Interpretation Sep 15, 2016
Juvenile Justice Day Services (JJD)
Standard Update Effective Date
JJD 1.02 Added Interpretation Sep 15, 2016
Juvenile Justice Residential Services (JJR)
Standard Update Effective Date
JJR 1 Added Interpretation Sep 15, 2016
Mentoring Services (MS)
Standard Update Effective Date
MS 3.05 Added Interpretation Sep 15, 2016
Opioid Treatment (OTP)
Standard Update Effective Date
OTP 3 Added Interpretation Sep 15, 2016
Pregnancy Support Services (PS)
Standard Update Effective Date
PS 3 Added Interpretation Sep 15, 2016
Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (PSR)
Standard Update Effective Date
PSR 2 Added Interpretation Sep 15, 2016
Respite Care (RC)
Standard Update Effective Date
RC 3 Added Interpretation Sep 15, 2016
RC 8.07 Revised Standard Aug 15, 2016
Refugee Resettlement Services (RRS)
Standard Update Effective Date
RRS 4 Added Interpretation Sep 15, 2016
Adult Day Services (AD)
Standard Update Effective Date
AD 3 Added Interpretation Sep 15, 2016
Child and Family Development and Support Services (CFD)
Standard Update Effective Date
CFD 3 Added Interpretation Sep 15, 2016
Supported Community Living Services (SCL)
Standard Update Effective Date
SCL 3 Added Interpretation Sep 15, 2016
Shelter Services (SH)
Standard Update Effective Date
SH 2 Added Interpretation Sep 15, 2016
SH 2.03 Revised Standard Sep 15, 2016
Case Management (CM)
Standard Update Effective Date
CM 3 Added Interpretation Sep 15, 2016
Child Protective Services (CPS)
Standard Update Effective Date
CPS 7 Added Interpretation Sep 15, 2016
Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VOC)
Standard Update Effective Date
VOC 3 Added Interpretation Sep 15, 2016
VOC 10.01 Revised Standard Aug 15, 2016
Crisis Response and Information Services (CRI)
Standard Update Effective Date
CRI 2.04 Added Interpretation Sep 15, 2016
Disaster Recovery Case Management (DRCM)
Standard Update Effective Date
DRCM 3 Added Interpretation Sep 15, 2016
Wilderness and Adventure-Based Therapeutic Outdoor Services (WT)
Standard Update Effective Date
WT 2 Added Interpretation Sep 15, 2016
Youth Independent Living Services (YIL)
Standard Update Effective Date
YIL 3.02 Revised Standard Sep 15, 2016
YIL 4 Added Interpretation Sep 15, 2016
Human Resources Management (HR)
Standard Update Effective Date
HR 1.01 Revised Standard Jul 15, 2016
HR 1.02 Revised Standard Jul 15, 2016
Canadian
Administrative and Service Environment (CA-ASE)
Standard Update Effective Date
CA-ASE 1.06 Revised Standard Jun 15, 2017
CA-ASE 6.06 Revised Standard May 15, 2017
CA-ASE 6 Revised Evidence Mar 15, 2017
CA-ASE 6.04 Revised Standard Mar 15, 2017
CA-ASE 6.03 Revised Standard Jan 26, 2017
CA-ASE 7 Added Evidence Sep 20, 2016
CA-ASE 7.02 Added Interpretation Sep 20, 2016
Risk Prevention and Management (CA-RPM)
Standard Update Effective Date
CA-RPM 9.06 Revised Standard Jun 15, 2017
CA-RPM 11 Deleted Evidence May 15, 2017
CA-RPM 2.01 Added Interpretation Jan 26, 2017
CA-RPM 3.01 Added Interpretation Sep 20, 2016
CA-RPM 3.04 Revised Standard Sep 20, 2016
CA-RPM 6.02 Revised Standard Aug 15, 2016
For-Profit Administration and Financial Management (CA-AFM)
Standard Update Effective Date
CA-AFM 8.01 Revised Standard Jun 14, 2017
CA-AFM 8.01 Revised Standard Oct 14, 2016
CA-AFM 8.02 Revised Standard Oct 14, 2016
Residential Treatment Services (CA-RTX)
Standard Update Effective Date
CA-RTX 9.07 Revised Standard May 26, 2017
CA-RTX 3 Added Interpretation Mar 15, 2017
CA-RTX 3.01 Added Note Mar 15, 2017
CA-RTX 5.01 Revised NA Mar 15, 2017
CA-RTX 8.01 Added Note Mar 15, 2017
CA-RTX 8.02 Added Note Mar 15, 2017
CA-RTX 8.05 Revised Standard Mar 15, 2017
CA-RTX 16.04 Added Note Mar 15, 2017
CA-RTX 16.05 Added Note Mar 15, 2017
CA-RTX 14 Revised Evidence Dec 15, 2016
CA-RTX 9.01 Added Interpretation Dec 15, 2016
CA-RTX 4 Added Interpretation Sep 15, 2016
Financial Education and Counselling Services (CA-FEC)
Standard Update Effective Date
CA-FEC 10 Deleted Evidence May 15, 2017
Day Treatment Services (CA-DTX)
Standard Update Effective Date
CA-DTX 6.10 Revised Standard Mar 15, 2017
CA-DTX 3 Added Interpretation Sep 15, 2016
Group Living Services (CA-GLS)
Standard Update Effective Date
CA-GLS 7.06 Revised Standard Mar 15, 2017
CA-GLS 8.01 Added Interpretation Dec 15, 2016
CA-GLS 4 Added Interpretation Sep 15, 2016
Ethical Practice (CA-ETH)
Standard Update Effective Date
CA-ETH 3 Deleted Evidence Feb 15, 2017
CA-ETH 3.01 Revised Standard Feb 15, 2017
Home Care and Support Services (CA-HCS)
Standard Update Effective Date
CA-HCS 7.05 Added Standard Feb 15, 2017
CA-HCS 4.01 Added Interpretation Sep 15, 2016
Governance (CA-GOV)
Standard Update Effective Date
CA-GOV 9 Revised Standard Feb 15, 2017
CA-GOV 9.02 Revised Standard Feb 15, 2017
CA-GOV 6 Added Evidence Nov 15, 2016
CA-GOV 6.05 Revised Standard Nov 15, 2016
CA-GOV 6.07 Added Standard Nov 15, 2016
Performance and Quality Improvement (CA-PQI)
Standard Update Effective Date
CA-PQI Revised Standard Feb 13, 2017
Services for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities (CA-DDS)
Standard Update Effective Date
CA-DDS 8 Revised Standard Jan 15, 2017
CA-DDS 3.02 Added Interpretation Sep 15, 2016
Family Foster Care and Kinship Care (CA-FKC)
Standard Update Effective Date
CA-FKC 6.01 Revised Interpretation Jan 15, 2017
CA-FKC 18.05 Added Interpretation Jan 15, 2017
CA-FKC 3.02 Added Interpretation Sep 15, 2016
Counseling, Support and Education Services (CA-CSE)
Standard Update Effective Date
CA-CSE 4 Added Evidence Nov 15, 2016
Services for Mental Health and/or Substance Use Disorders (CA-MHSU)
Standard Update Effective Date
CA-MHSU 5 Added Evidence Nov 15, 2016
CA-MHSU 3 Added Interpretation Sep 15, 2016
Respite Care (CA-RC)
Standard Update Effective Date
CA-RC 3 Added Interpretation Sep 15, 2016
CA-RC 8.07 Revised Standard Aug 15, 2016
Refugee Resettlement Services (CA-RRS)
Standard Update Effective Date
CA-RRS 4 Added Interpretation Sep 15, 2016
Supported Community Living Services (CA-SCL)
Standard Update Effective Date
CA-SCL 3 Added Interpretation Sep 15, 2016
Shelter Services (CA-SH)
Standard Update Effective Date
CA-SH 2 Added Interpretation Sep 15, 2016
CA-SH 2.03 Revised Standard Sep 15, 2016
Adult Day Services (CA-AD)
Standard Update Effective Date
CA-AD 3 Added Interpretation Sep 15, 2016
Child and Family Development and Support Services (CA-CFD)
Standard Update Effective Date
CA-CFD 3 Added Interpretation Sep 15, 2016
Vocational Rehabilitation Services (CA-VOC)
Standard Update Effective Date
CA-VOC 3 Added Interpretation Sep 15, 2016
CA-VOC 10.01 Revised Standard Aug 15, 2016
Case Management (CA-CM)
Standard Update Effective Date
CA-CM 3 Added Interpretation Sep 15, 2016
Wilderness and Adventure-Based Therapeutic Outdoor Services (CA-WT)
Standard Update Effective Date
CA-WT 2 Added Interpretation Sep 15, 2016
Child Protective Services (CA-CPS)
Standard Update Effective Date
CA-CPS 7 Added Interpretation Sep 15, 2016
Youth Custody Services (CA-YCS)
Standard Update Effective Date
CA-YCS 1 Added Interpretation Sep 15, 2016
Crisis Response and Information Services (CA-CRI)
Standard Update Effective Date
CA-CRI 2.04 Added Interpretation Sep 15, 2016
Youth Independent Living Services (CA-YIL)
Standard Update Effective Date
CA-YIL 3.02 Revised Standard Sep 15, 2016
CA-YIL 4 Added Interpretation Sep 15, 2016
Youth Justice Case Management Services (CA-YJCM)
Standard Update Effective Date
CA-YJCM 2.02 Added Interpretation Sep 15, 2016
Youth Justice Day Services (CA-YJD)
Standard Update Effective Date
CA-YJD 1.02 Added Interpretation Sep 15, 2016
Disaster Recovery Case Management (CA-DRCM)
Standard Update Effective Date
CA-DRCM 3 Added Interpretation Sep 15, 2016
Domestic Violence Services (CA-DV)
Standard Update Effective Date
CA-DV 4 Added Interpretation Sep 15, 2016
Family Preservation and Stabilisation Services (CA-FPS)
Standard Update Effective Date
CA-FPS 3 Added Interpretation Sep 15, 2016
Mentoring Services (CA-MS)
Standard Update Effective Date
CA-MS 3.05 Added Interpretation Sep 15, 2016
Opioid Treatment (CA-OTP)
Standard Update Effective Date
CA-OTP 3 Added Interpretation Sep 15, 2016
Pregnancy Support Services (CA-PS)
Standard Update Effective Date
CA-PS 3 Revised Standard Sep 15, 2016
Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (CA-PSR)
Standard Update Effective Date
CA-PSR 2 Added Interpretation Sep 15, 2016
Human Resources Management (CA-HR)
Standard Update Effective Date
CA-HR 1.01 Revised Standard Jul 15, 2016
CA-HR 1.02 Revised Standard Jul 15, 2016
Public
Residential Treatment Services (PA-RTX)
Standard Update Effective Date
PA-RTX 9.07 Revised Standard May 26, 2017
PA-RTX 3 Added Interpretation Mar 15, 2017
PA-RTX 3.01 Added Note Mar 15, 2017
PA-RTX 5.01 Revised NA Mar 15, 2017
PA-RTX 8.01 Added Note Mar 15, 2017
PA-RTX 8.02 Added Note Mar 15, 2017
PA-RTX 8.05 Revised Standard Mar 15, 2017
PA-RTX 16.04 Added Note Mar 15, 2017
PA-RTX 16.05 Added Note Mar 15, 2017
PA-RTX 14 Revised Evidence Dec 15, 2016
PA-RTX 9.01 Added Interpretation Dec 15, 2016
PA-RTX 4 Added Interpretation Sep 15, 2016
Administrative and Service Environment (PA-ASE)
Standard Update Effective Date
PA-ASE 6.04 Revised Standard May 15, 2017
PA-ASE 6.02 Revised Standard Jan 26, 2017
PA-ASE Revised Standard Aug 01, 2016
Financial Education and Counseling Services (PA-FEC)
Standard Update Effective Date
PA-FEC 10 Deleted Evidence May 15, 2017
Day Treatment Services (PA-DTX)
Standard Update Effective Date
PA-DTX 6.10 Revised Standard Mar 15, 2017
PA-DTX 3 Added Interpretation Sep 15, 2016
Group Living Services (PA-GLS)
Standard Update Effective Date
PA-GLS 7.06 Revised Standard Mar 15, 2017
PA-GLS 8.01 Added Interpretation Dec 15, 2016
PA-GLS 4 Added Interpretation Sep 15, 2016
Home Care and Support Services (PA-HCS)
Standard Update Effective Date
PA-HCS 7.05 Added Standard Feb 15, 2017
PA-HCS 4.01 Added Interpretation Sep 15, 2016
Risk Prevention and Management (PA-RPM)
Standard Update Effective Date
PA-RPM 2.02 Added Interpretation Jan 26, 2017
PA-RPM Revised Standard Aug 01, 2016
Family Foster Care and Kinship Care (PA-FKC)
Standard Update Effective Date
PA-FKC 6.01 Revised Interpretation Jan 17, 2017
PA-FKC 18.05 Added Interpretation Jan 17, 2017
PA-FKC 3.02 Added Interpretation Sep 15, 2016
Services for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities (PA-DDS)
Standard Update Effective Date
PA-DDS 8 Revised Standard Jan 15, 2017
PA-DDS 3.02 Added Interpretation Sep 15, 2016
Child and Family Services (PA-CFS)
Standard Update Effective Date
PA-CFS 13.05 Revised Interpretation Jan 15, 2017
Counseling, Support and Education Services (PA-CSE)
Standard Update Effective Date
PA-CSE 4 Added Evidence Nov 15, 2016
Services for Mental Health and/or Substance Use Disorders (PA-MHSU)
Standard Update Effective Date
PA-MHSU 5 Added Evidence Nov 15, 2016
PA-MHSU 3 Added Interpretation Sep 15, 2016
Adult Day Services (PA-AD)
Standard Update Effective Date
PA-AD 3 Added Interpretation Sep 15, 2016
Supported Community Living Services (PA-SCL)
Standard Update Effective Date
PA-SCL 3 Added Interpretation Sep 15, 2016
Shelter Services (PA-SH)
Standard Update Effective Date
PA-SH 2 Added Interpretation Sep 15, 2016
PA-SH 2.03 Revised Standard Sep 15, 2016
Child and Family Development and Support Services (PA-CFD)
Standard Update Effective Date
PA-CFD 3 Added Interpretation Sep 15, 2016
Vocational Rehabilitation Services (PA-VOC)
Standard Update Effective Date
PA-VOC 3 Added Interpretation Sep 15, 2016
PA-VOC 10.01 Revised Standard Aug 15, 2016
Case Management (PA-CM)
Standard Update Effective Date
PA-CM 3 Added Interpretation Sep 15, 2016
Wilderness and Adventure-Based Therapeutic Outdoor Services (PA-WT)
Standard Update Effective Date
PA-WT 2 Added Interpretation Sep 15, 2016
Child Protective Services (PA-CPS)
Standard Update Effective Date
PA-CPS 7 Added Interpretation Sep 15, 2016
Youth Independent Living Services (PA-YIL)
Standard Update Effective Date
PA-YIL 3.02 Revised Standard Sep 15, 2016
PA-YIL 4 Added Interpretation Sep 15, 2016
Crisis Response and Information Services (PA-CRI)
Standard Update Effective Date
PA-CRI 2.04 Added Interpretation Sep 15, 2016
Domestic Violence Services (PA-DV)
Standard Update Effective Date
PA-DV 4 Added Interpretation Sep 15, 2016
Family Preservation and Stabilization Services (PA-FPS)
Standard Update Effective Date
PA-FPS 3 Added Interpretation Sep 15, 2016
Juvenile Justice Case Management Services (PA-JJCM)
Standard Update Effective Date
PA-JJCM 2.02 Added Interpretation Sep 15, 2016
Juvenile Justice Day Services (PA-JJD)
Standard Update Effective Date
PA-JJD 1.02 Added Interpretation Sep 15, 2016
Juvenile Justice Residential Services (PA-JJR)
Standard Update Effective Date
PA-JJR 1 Added Interpretation Sep 15, 2016
Mentoring Services (PA-MS)
Standard Update Effective Date
PA-MS 3.05 Added Interpretation Sep 15, 2016
Opioid Treatment (PA-OTP)
Standard Update Effective Date
PA-OTP 3 Added Interpretation Sep 15, 2016
Pregnancy Support Services (PA-PS)
Standard Update Effective Date
PA-PS 3 Added Interpretation Sep 15, 2016
Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (PA-PSR)
Standard Update Effective Date
PA-PSR 2 Added Interpretation Sep 15, 2016
Respite Care (PA-RC)
Standard Update Effective Date
PA-RC 3 Added Interpretation Sep 15, 2016
PA-RC 8.07 Revised Standard Aug 15, 2016
Refugee Resettlement Services (PA-RRS)
Standard Update Effective Date
PA-RRS 4 Added Interpretation Sep 15, 2016
Personnel Development and Supervision (PA-PDS)
Standard Update Effective Date
PA-PDS Added Standard Aug 01, 2016
Administration and Management (PA-AM)
Standard Update Effective Date
PA-AM Revised Standard Aug 01, 2016
Financial Management (PA-FIN)
Standard Update Effective Date
PA-FIN Revised Standard Aug 01, 2016
Human Resources Management (PA-HR)
Standard Update Effective Date
PA-HR Revised Standard Aug 01, 2016
Performance and Quality Improvement (PA-PQI)
Standard Update Effective Date
PA-PQI Revised Standard Aug 01, 2016
Child and Youth Development
After School and Youth Development (CYD-AYD)
Standard Update Effective Date
CYD-AYD 13.09 Revised Standard Jan 26, 2017
Early Childhood Education (CYD-ECE)
Standard Update Effective Date
CYD-ECE 5.12 Revised Standard Jan 26, 2017
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