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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

Update on our 2020 Conference

Update on our 2020 Conference

It is with a heavy heart that we share that we have determined it would be impossible to go forward with our planned 2020 conference in the NYC-area in August.

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  • 24 Sep
    2020

    COA Introduction Webinar

    WEBINAR

    Sep 24, 2020 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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

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  • 07 Oct
    2020

    COA Introduction Webinar

    WEBINAR

    Oct 07, 2020 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

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

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  • 13 Oct
    2020

    COA Introduction Webinar

    WEBINAR

    Oct 13, 2020 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

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

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  • 20 Oct
    2020

    COA Speaks: Overcoming Resistance and Fostering a Culture of Evaluation

    WEBINAR

    Oct 20, 2020 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Program evaluation and continuous quality improvement are essential to effective human service delivery, but achieving staff buy-in and maintaining engagement in a continuous evaluation process can be a challenge. Join COA for a presentation featuring veteran peer reviewer, team leader, and accreditation commissioner Stanley Capela, Vice President for Quality Management and Corporate Compliance Officer at HeartShare Human Services of New York in which we will explore the nature of resistance to evaluation, the impact it can have on the evaluation process, and key strategies for overcoming resistance and fostering accountability and positive change.

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  • 21 Oct
    2020

    Intensive Accreditation Training (IAT)

    VIRTUAL

    Oct 21, 2020 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Receive a $100 discount when you register for both IAT and PQI training! IAT provides a basic overview of COA's accreditation process.

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