The timeline for achieving full-organization accreditation takes on average 12-18 months. There are multiple variables that affect this timeline depending on the type of organization and existing resources and processes currently in place. To get an idea of the various milestones and timing for first-time accreditees, check out our Site Visit Date Calculator.
There are only two fees – the accreditation fee and site visit fee. The accreditation fee depends on the type and size of the organization. If you are a member of one of our Sponsoring Organizations, you are eligible for a 25% discount off your accreditation fee.
As always, our standards remain free and are openly available to review at any time.
While there is overlap, accreditation, licensing, and certification are not interchangeable terms – they each have a unique meaning and implication.
Individuals are often licensed by their respective state to practice counseling, social work, psychology, or nursing. Organizations may need to be licensed in order to provide a specific service such as services for substance use disorders or residential treatment. Practitioners and programs are required to be licensed or face penalties, including suspension or closing of the agency.
Certifications at the organizational level can definitely vary, including the terminology. Some structured evidence-based models require certification. In these cases, the certification can be called “authorized provider” or “approved site.”
COA accredits the full continuum of child welfare, behavioral health, and community-based social and human services. We currently accredit more than 1600 organizations and programs serving more than 7 million individuals and families.
We have separate accreditation programs for private organizations, public agencies, Canadian organizations, military family readiness programs, child and youth development programs, and adoption home study programs.
We’ve had a number of organizations report that they find the Performance and Quality Improvement (PQI) process challenging. Not to worry–we have a robust cache of tools and resources available to help guide you through the process. We even created a whiteboard video that explains PQI in 90 seconds.
We are glad you asked. Finding the right fit for your organization is paramount. We’ve created this handy comparison guide to help better inform your decision.
It all starts with a conversation about what accreditation takes and which accreditation program will be right for you. Simply fill out our contact form and we’ll be in touch.
We are still assessing how to best communicate that information. Our plan is to develop a resource by early spring.
In the meantime, you can take a look at the overview of standards that changed by downloading our Standards Enhancements Summary document. Please also see our 2020 Edition Standards Self-Paced Training, which walks through the changes in detail.
We refined the suite of Service Standards to better align with COA’s mission and the missions of the organizations we accredit in the different sectors. This included:
This list can also be found in our 2020 Edition fact sheet.
We are still in the process of updating our tools and resources. Thank you for your patience as we work to get these live.
Yes, we will be creating training materials specific to the updates to the PQI standards and client-centered logic model. Thank you for your patience as we work to make these available.
We’re glad you asked! For more information on our new benchmarking program, please visit our microsite coameasures.org.