Impacted by Family First?

COA is an approved accreditor for Qualified Residential Treatment Programs (QRTPs) under the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA).

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WHO DOES COA ACCREDIT?

PRIVATE ORGANIZATIONS

We offer full-organization accreditation for nonprofit and for-profit organizations that provide human and social services in the U.S. Program-specific accreditation is available for home study programs and opioid treatment centers under the SAMHSA mandate.

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PUBLIC AGENCIES

We offer full-organization accreditation for U.S. government agencies (federal, state, and county) that provide human and social services. Customizable timelines suit your agency’s needs and support realistic and sustainable change in policy and practice.

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CANADIAN ORGANIZATIONS

We offer full-organization accreditation for Canadian organizations that provide human and social services.

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MILITARY FAMILY READINESS PROGRAMS

We offer program-specific accreditation as designated by the Department of Defense for U.S. military family readiness programs.

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CHILD & YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS

We offer program-specific accreditation for U.S. youth development, child care, and after school programs.

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WHY ACCREDITATION?

The accreditation process provides a framework for your organization to continuously improve and offer evidence-based best practices that support your clients and your community. Becoming accredited provides external validation of your quality and can open the door to new funding opportunities.
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WHY COA?

COA’s whole-organization approach ensures that everyone—from human resources to finance to direct care and clinical staff—is working together to carry out your mission. Each of our organizations is assigned a dedicated Accreditation Coordinator who supports them through the process. We help you so you can help your clients.
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You’ve done the hard work to get accredited—now brag about it! Find the COA seal, promotional templates, and more here.

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Continuous quality improvement is a foundational component of our accreditation. Learn what it is and how to implement it here.

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From deep dives into elements of accreditation to trending topics in the field, find out what’s on our mind here.

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NEWS & EVENTS

COA Measures: Benchmark Report Launch

COA Measures: Benchmark Report Launch

We are excited to announce that our COA Measures benchmarking reports are now available for our accredited private and Canadian organizations.  COA Measures is the first of its kind human …

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  • 05 May
    2021

    COA Introduction Webinar

    WEBINAR

    May 05, 2021 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

    This 30-minute webinar provides an introduction to the Council on Accreditation (COA) and our accreditation process. Note: All times Eastern.

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  • 07 May
    2021

    Performance & Quality Improvement (PQI) Training - VIRTUAL

    VIRTUAL

    May 07, 2021 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM

    This PQI training is designed to help organizations develop a comprehensive approach to a quality improvement process that will advance an efficient, effective service delivery system and enhance organizational capacity to deliver quality services. Note: All times Eastern.

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  • 10 May
    2021

    Intensive Accreditation Training (IAT) - VIRTUAL

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    May 10, 2021 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM

    IAT provides a basic overview of COA's accreditation process including the philosophy, milestones, and rating system; the COA standards including an overview of the most often missed standards; how to organize and develop the Self-Study submission and how to assess organizational readiness. Note: All times Eastern.

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  • 11 May
    2021

    COA Introduction Webinar

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    May 11, 2021 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

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    2021

    COA Introduction Webinar

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    May 20, 2021 12:30 PM - 12:30 PM

    This 30-minute webinar provides an introduction to the Council on Accreditation (COA) and our accreditation process. Note: All times Eastern.

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