Private Organization Accreditation

Debt Education and Certification Foundation (DECAF), a private non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, provides high-quality financial education and counseling, with nationwide outreach throughout the U.S. DECAF is HUD-approved, and recognized as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work for in Texas.


Catholic Charities, Diocese of Covington

Wm. R. (Bill) Jones, ACSW, MDiv, Chief Executive Officer

Catholic Charities in Covington has been COA accredited since 1996. Though the time spent in completing the self study and hosting the site visit can sometimes feel sometimes daunting, the rewards far outweigh the effort. In our agency, the self-study is a group process that involves every member of the staff from the CEO to the building maintenance staff.
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Network services are delivered to a defined population through an integrated network of providers with the goal of ensuring optimal access, quality of care, and consumer satisfaction.

NET 9: Members and Community Partners

Network participation ensures full access to needed services and supports within a system of care.

Table of Evidence

Self-Study Evidence On-Site Evidence On-Site Activities
No Self-Study Evidence
    • See evidence provided for PQI 3 and PQI 4
    • Interview:
      1. Managing entity CEO
      2. Network Advisory/Governing Body
      3. Directors of organizations that contract with the managing entity
      4. Independent practitioners
      5. Persons served/community stakeholders

  • NET 9.01

    The network recruits or contracts with members and community partners based on anticipated and identified needs of the service population, including needs related to geographic location, and cultural and linguistic diversity.

  • NET 9.02

    The network demonstrates a commitment to providing clients with access to provider organizations that best meet their needs and preferences, including providers who are responsive to the diverse cultural needs of clients and are able to connect clients with natural supports.

    Interpretation: The network demonstrates this commitment by including providers who might not otherwise be able to participate in the network because of constraints of size, budgetary capacity, organizational development, or similar limitations, when such inclusion is necessary to allow clients access to providers that meet their needs and preferences.

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