We are proud to announce that we have successfully achieved national accreditation through the New York-based Council on Accreditation (COA) following a detailed evaluation of all aspects of our programs, services, management, and administration. The accreditation process, taking over a year to complete, involved comprehensive review and development of practices to demonstrate adherence to over 1000 standards and participation in a 4-day on-site review by a team of specially trained Peer Reviewers. Based on their findings, COA’s Accreditation Commission voted that Youth Homes had successfully met all of the criteria for accreditation.
COA accreditation is an objective, independent, and reliable validation of an agency’s performance. The standards driving accreditation ensure that services are well-coordinated, culturally competent, evidence-based, outcomes-oriented, and provided by a skilled and supported workforce. COA accreditation demonstrates accountability in the management of resources, sets standardized best practice thresholds for service and administration, and increases organizational capacity and accountability by creating a framework for ongoing quality improvement.
In addition to demonstrating adherence to nationally recognized standards of practice, COA Accreditation will also allow us to qualify and prepare for Montana’s implementation of the Family First Prevention Services Act scheduled for October 2021. The Act, which was passed into law in 2018, will reform the nation’s Child Welfare System and rely heavily on organizations like Youth Homes to provide quality care and support to children and families to better ensure the safety of children.