Massachusetts and Rhode Island granted expedited COA reaccreditation
Massachusetts and Rhode Island was recently reaccredited by the Council on
Accreditation for a period of four years for “achieving the
highest standards of professional practice for the services it provides.”
center first received COA accreditation in 2009.
on Accreditation (COA) is an international human service
accrediting organization. Founded in 1977 by the Child Welfare League of
America and Family Service America (now the Alliance for Strong Families and
Communities), its mission is to partner with human service organizations
worldwide to improve service delivery outcomes by developing, applying and
promoting accreditation standards.
In a letter from COA President and CEO Richard
Klarberg, he stated: “COA’s program of quality improvement is designed to
identify providers that have met high performance standards and have made a
commitment to their stakeholders to deliver the very best quality
services. COA is proud to recognize Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health
Massachusetts and Rhode Island as one of these
outstanding providers, and we wish you the very best in your continuing work
with the individuals you serve.”
A fast-tracked reaccreditation
reaccreditation was “fast tracked,” meaning the process was expedited since the
organization had been in full compliance with COA fundamental practice
standards since its reaccreditation in in 2014.
are thrilled to be reaccredited by COA. And the expedited process – which is no
easy feat -- is a tribute to our outstanding staff,” said Devereux
Massachusetts and Rhode Island Executive
Director Kerry Ann Goldsmith. “We
are proud to be recognized for our high standards, and we believe the
individuals and families served deserve nothing but the very best programs,
services and supports.”
The accreditation process
process of obtaining COA accreditation is comprehensive and is designed to
ensure the credibility and integrity of the organization as a whole.
Organizations are evaluated against best-practice standards, which COA developed
with input from a wide range of service providers, experts, policymakers,
consumers and other stakeholders. COA’s goal is to improve service delivery
outcomes by developing, applying, and promoting comprehensive accreditation
Devereux Massachusetts and Rhode Island, the reaccreditation process included
regular reviews to ensure the highest quality standards were being employed. Once
the reaccreditation paperwork was submitted, a team of three COA surveyors visited
Devereux’s campus to examine its operations – from programs for youth served,
to staff capabilities and interactions, to facilities upkeep, and to safety and
maintenance. Each surveyor had multiple areas to examine with hundreds of
standards to be applied to each area.
process is truly comprehensive,” said Goldsmith. “COA reviewers look for the
highest quality standards for every facet
of the operation, including: programs, finances, governance, residential and
group living facilities, and even the buildings themselves. The process is
humbling, but it also is amazing to hear such positive feedback from the review
team. It was also wonderful to receive glowing reviews about our staff and
their dedication to making a difference in young people’s lives.”
About Devereux Massachusetts
and Rhode Island
Devereux Massachusetts and Rhode Island
provides individualized treatment for children, adolescents and young adults
with emotional, behavioral and cognitive differences, including autism spectrum
Learn about Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health.
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