COA is looking for providers, agency leaders, and subject matter experts in the fields of behavioral health and child welfare to sit on two standards development panels that will be convening virtually this fall. The goal of these advisory panels is to review and revise applicable COA accreditation standards to ensure they continue to promote current trends and best practices in their respective fields.
COA is currently focused on revising its suite of behavioral health standards to reflect current practice in office-based opioid treatment, recovery housing, trends in child and adolescent behavioral health, and sobering centers. For more information on the many ways you can support this ongoing work please contact Melissa Dury.
The child welfare revisions are focused on two main areas: (1) ensuring that COA’s standards for treatment foster care align with current practice in the field, and (2) ensuring that COA’s standards for family support and preservation reflect current practice in prevention services, focusing on alignment with the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA). For more information on how to support this work please contact Lucia Hsiao or Susan Russell-Smith.