Glenholme School Achieves COA Accreditation
WASHINGTON, CT - Devereux Glenholme School has just received notification that it has been accredited by the council on accreditation (COA), according to an announcement made to Gary L. Fitzherbert, Executive Director of the organization, which is located at 81 Sabbaday Lane, Washington, CT.
COA accreditation attests that an organization meets the highest national standards and is delivering the best quality services to the community it serves. Devereux Glenholme School is proud to join COA’s Community of Excellence that includes more than 1,000 private and public organizations that serve over 6,000,000 children, individuals, and families in the United States and Canada.
Devereux Glenholme, a therapeutic boarding school in Washington, CT is a residential school for children with emotional, behavioral and/or learning disabilities. Providing a structured, therapeutic living environment for children from five to eighteen years of age since 1968, Glenholme emphasizes strong academics and social development for children who have been less successful in traditional learning environments. A center of the Devereux Foundation, a premiere non-profit provider of behavioral health services in 13 states and Washington D.C. Devereux currently serves more than 15,000 children and adults who have a wide range of emotional, developmental, psychiatric, and neurological disorders. Devereux Glenholme holds as its vision, A Meaningful Life For All People, and strives to fulfill this through well-rounded, structured academic and life skills programs that benefit children and their families.
Situated on over 100 acres, the surroundings have been carefully designed to provide the ideal learning environment consisting of a traditional school building, an exceptional activity center and spacious homes for the children.
Devereux Glenholme motivates children to grow into able caring and resilient adults. Consistency is the key. Knowing what to expect next gives children a sense of security. The primary goal of Devereux Glenholme is to work with students until they are ready to return to a less restrictive setting as indicated in each child’s treatment plan. The plan is carefully designed to include special education and clinical treatment goals specific to the individual.
When children are given the nurturing, time and care they need, they are more likely to develop emotional intelligence, confidence in their intellectual abilities, and the capacity to cope with life.
140 professional staff members provide for the academic, social, and emotional needs of the children. Devereux Glenholme prides itself on the quality of instruction and provides staff training at a level four times the national average. Choices and consequences children confront today are more complicated than those faced by earlier generations. Instead of teaching children what they can and cannot do, Devereux Glenholme teaches them to weigh the options and make responsible choices. Respect, Responsibility, Honesty, Fairness, Kindness, and Community Service are the core principles of the Communities of Character curriculum and an integral part of campus culture.
Approved by the CT State Department of Education and licensed by the State of Connecticut Department of Children and Families, Devereux Glenholme is also affiliated with the CT Association of Private Special Education Facilities, CT Association of Independent Schools and The Association of Boarding Schools.
COA is an international, independent, not-for-profit accrediting body that was incorporated as a separate legal entity in August 1977, as an accrediting body of social and behavioral healthcare services. COA’s mission “promotes best-practice standards; champions quality services for children, youth, and families; and advocates for the value of accreditation.”
The COA accreditation process involves an in-depth examination of the organization’s compliance with best practice standards. The process includes a review of organizational standards including human resources, financial and risk management and continuous quality improvement as well as thirty-nine service standards. The service standards address a full array of child, family and behavioral healthcare services including financial and debt management, employee assistance program, mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment, foster care, health service areas and a host of other service areas.
COA is endorsed by leading consumer and professional groups and by many regulatory bodies and managed care organizations. COA is sponsored by the Alliance for Children and Families, Association of Jewish Family and Children’s Agencies, Catholic Charities USA, Child Welfare League of America, Foster Family-based Treatment Association, Lutheran Services in America, National Council For Adoption, National Foundation for Credit Counseling, National Network for Youth, and Prevent Child Abuse America.
COA’s supporting endorsers include the following organizations: American Association of Children’s Residential Centers, American Network of Community Options and Resources, Child Welfare League of Canada, EAGLE Program of the Untied Methodist Association, Joint Council on International Children’s Services, Mental Health Corporations of America, Inc., National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, National Association of Family-Based Services, National Association of Psychiatric Treatment Centers for Children, National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors, Inc., National Association of Therapeutic Wilderness Camps, National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare, and Volunteers of America.