Regulator recognition

Regulators (such as funders, insurance providers, contract administrators, and legislative bodies) use COA accreditation as an oversight (or regulatory) tool, setting the bar for quality service delivery.

Regulatory recognition of COA accreditation often provides additional value for our accredited organizations. Learn more about recognitions and how they work here.

COA is currently recognized by oversight entities in 50 U.S. states, in Canadian territories, and China.

Federal recognitions include:

  • Recognition under the Family First Preservation Services Act (FFPSA) as an approved accreditor of Qualified Residential Treatment Programs (QRTP), a requirement in determining a QRTP’s eligibility to receive Title IV-E funding. Learn more about the Family First Act here.
  • Recognition by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) as an approved accreditor for SAMHSA’s opioid treatment program requirement that all providers maintain accreditation as a condition of licensure

COA recognitions continue to grow as more oversight entities use our accreditation as a regulatory tool, and as accredited organizations advocate to reduce duplicative oversight. We work with regulators on their behalf.

Need a hand in advocating for accreditation recognition in your area? Contact us and we’ll see if we can help.

Find COA Recognitions That Apply to Your Organization

Click on your state or province to see COA recognition details.

Have recognition questions or comments?

To submit questions or comments, or to report inaccuracies or changes in any of our listed recognitions, please contact