Accreditation Guru News
October 2022
October Update
It's getting colder outside, but that doesn't mean it's time to slow down! AG will be teaming up with Catalyst Center for some informative webinars this fall, and Jennifer will talk all about the benefits and requirements for accreditation. We've also got resources for determining suicide risk, updated rating elements to the ASAM Level of Care Certification, and a brand-new blog that explores whether or not your current accrediting body is the right fit for your organization. Read on for more!

How to Determine Which Accrediting Body is the Right Fit for Your Organization

Choosing an accrediting body is about more than just cost. It's important to consider reputation, structure of the accreditation process, and timing! Click below to learn more about choosing the right accrediting body for your organization.

Is Your Accrediting Body Still the Right Fit?
Your organization is probably not the same one it was ten years ago (or even three years ago). Is your accrediting body still the right fit for your present day operations? Check out AG's new blog!
For Substance Use Treatment Providers
New updated rating elements to the ASAM Level of Care Certification by CARF are going into effect on January 5, 2023. Need assistance in achieving this certification? - AG can help!
Determining Suicide Risk
Determining suicide risk was one of the accreditation challenges identified and discussed in September AG webinar, Navigating the Accreditation Process - Where Organizations Struggle. If you are looking for a standardized screening tool to determine the suicide risk level of the people you serve, we suggest exploring:
AG’s experts can assist you with any accreditation challenges that you might be struggling with.

Making the Most of Your Accreditation
Accreditation is more than just a certification, and it's important to ensure your organization is receiving the full force of its benefits. On Monday, October 17th at 10am PT, Catalyst Center will be hosting a webinar on how to get the most out of your accreditation, presented by Jennifer Flowers. Click here to register for this informative, live, 60-minute webinar!
We were happy to be a trusted partner with these organizations as they achieved (re)accreditation. Their hard work has paid off and we are celebrating their commitment to quality care!
CARF Accredited - August 2022
Centro is an adult foster care organization based in Worcester, MA. This nonprofit is multicultural, multilingual, and serves over 24,000 people each year. Juan Gomez, Executive Director at Centro, said, "We are thankful to Accreditation Guru for their guidance, support and expert advise, as we prepared for our re-accreditation.  Needless to say, Accreditation Guru’s rigorous and thorough mock survey and guidance helped us achieve our goal, which beyond attaining accreditation was to help create a culture of excellence within our organization, and become the standard. Their help and guidance prepared us for the unexpected pandemic, and has helped us be efficient, responsive and prepared for the future." It was wonderful working with Centro and their team, and we know to expect great things from them!
CARF Accredited - August 2022
In 2004, Pacific Quest created a new kind of therapy program for teens and young adults. This therapeutic wilderness program is in Hilo, HI and seeks to provide a safe and nurturing outdoor environment where their clients can build new ideas through a strengths and community-based approach. After receiving their survey results, Suzanne McKinney, co-Founder and Public Relations Director said, "We are proud to say that we have secured a 3-year accreditation from CARF! The surveyors were very impressed with our program and the organization and presentation of our standards." Amazing job, and we're excited to see them go far!
COA Accredited - August 2022
LIAFS provides on-site care for youth in need of short or long term care. They are located in Stony Brook, NY, and since January of 2015 they have provided services to more than 150 children, youth, and families. They have a wide variety of programs from residential and mental health, to independent living services and professional training. Great work!
Upcoming Events
Catalyst Center Webinar - Making the Most of Your Accreditation
Jennifer will be presenting at this virtual, 60-minute event, and will focus on how your organization can benefit the most from its accredited status. Click here to register.
Linthicum Heights, MD
& Virtual
MARFY - Maryland Nonprofits 30th Anniversary Conference
Jennifer will be virtually presenting Utilizing National Accreditation to Drive Revenue and Reduce Costs at this hybrid conference. Click here for more information and to register!
Round Rock, TX
TCCAC - Texas Child Care Administrators Conference
Jennifer will be moderating the panel, Readying Texas for FFPSA: Ideas, Lessons, and Opportunities, which will feature three representatives from organizations around Texas. Carol will be joining her to exhibit at this conference, so stop by the booth if you're in town! You can also schedule some time to speak with Jennifer one-on-one, or, for more information, click here.
Sunriver, OR
OCBH - Oregon Council for Behavioral Health Leadership Conference
Jennifer will be presenting, Utilizing Your National Accreditation to Drive Revenue and Reduce Costs, as well as exhibiting at this conference. Schedule some time to speak with Jennifer one-on-one, or, for more information, click here.
Catalyst Center Webinar - Starting on the Road to Accreditation
Jennifer will be teaming up with Catalyst Center to present another webinar. This presentation will be focused on how to start out on your accreditation journey. For more information and to register, please click here.
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