Accreditation Guru News
June 2022
June Update
Warm weather, travel, and webinars, this summer is shaping up to be a busy one for Accreditation Guru! Read on to see which events are coming up, as well as updates from the accrediting bodies and the National Council for Mental Wellbeing. And, don't forget, if you've got questions about the accreditation process or how to get started, we offer a FREE, 30-minute consultation. Click here to schedule!

Accreditation in Action™

In this video, Jennifer tells us about the series, Accreditation in Action™. Once you're nationally accredited, discussing your journey and the resulting benefits can be eye-opening for those who are considering the same path.

If you would like your accredited organization featured, call us at 212.209.0240 or email Peggy Lavin.

Shop Talk
AG Partnering to Offer Educational Webinars on Accreditation!
In an effort to inform and support organizations that are seeking accreditation, we are thrilled to co-host informational webinars with a variety of companies that support the child welfare and behavioral health industries. Recently we partnered with BestNotes, a healthcare IT software and consulting firm, to explain the national accreditation process to their customers. Click here for more information on this type of educational webinar.

Interested in partnering with Accreditation Guru, or co-hosting a webinar for your own customers? We’d love to talk to you about how best to answer their questions and share expertise that can guide them on their accreditation journey. To learn more, please contact Peggy Lavin, LCSW, Director of Behavioral Health Marketing at
Access to Mental Health and Substance Use Care
Results from the 2022 Access to Care survey, conducted by The Harris Poll for The National Council for Mental Wellbeing, provide data on access to needed mental health or substance use care and sheds light on the numerous barriers to such care.
Studies from Accrediting Bodies Support the Value of Accreditation!
A recent study of Joint Commission accredited organizations by the ROI Institute indicated an average lifetime ROI of 623% for behavioral health and human services organizations. The study showed that for every dollar invested in improving quality and safety, organizations saw that dollar returned plus $6.23 more. Click here for more information: Accreditation that Delivers | The Joint Commission.

Past studies by the Council on Accreditation (a division of Social Current) and CARF International support positive ROI in the areas of improved outcomes, quality of services and an increase in persons served and annual budget dollars.
Department of State Designates Center for Excellence in Adoption Services as an Accrediting Entity
AG would like to congratulate the Center for Excellence in Adoption Services (CEAS) as being designated by the Department of State as an Accrediting Entity for intercountry adoptions. CEAS is currently only the second Hague accrediting entity in the US, joining the Intercountry Adoption Accreditation and Maintenance Entity, Inc. (IAAME). Congratulations to Jayne Schmidt, Executive Director, and the entire CEAS team. To read more, click here.
Recent Statistics on Child Welfare and Foster Care
A recent posting by The Annie E. Casey Foundation provides the latest US child welfare and foster care statistics -
We were happy to be a trusted partner with these organizations as they achieved reaccreditation. Their hard work has paid off and we are celebrating their commitment to quality care!
CARF Reaccredited - April 2022
Swan Community Services has been working in Surrey, B.C. since 1994 to provide community integration and services to adults of all ages with diverse needs and abilities. Their clients speak of their deeply personal approach and their effectiveness in bringing support to all who take part in their programs. They provide community inclusion, life skills, and residential home share programs.
CARF Reaccredited - May 2022
Elite Family Systems provides a variety of residential services for children and youth in Ceres, CA. Their homes create a therapeutic environment that allows children and non-minor dependents from ages 7 - 21 to experience positive growth and healthy development in a family system.
Upcoming Events
Millin Associates Webinar
Accreditation Guru will be presenting a webinar hosted by Millin Associates on Accreditation 101. To register for this webinar, click here.
UST Webinar
This webinar, hosted by UST - HR Workforce Solutions and presented by Jennifer, will be on Growing a Strong and Engaged Board of Directors. For more information and to register, click here.

Benchmark Transitions Webinar
Behavioral health provider, Benchmark Transitions, will be hosting an introductory webinar, Have You Thought About Accreditation? Jennifer Flowers and Peggy Lavin will be presenting. Keep an eye out for the date and link to register, coming soon!
Louisville, KY
ACRC - Association of Children's Residential & Community Centers Annual Conference
Accreditation Guru is looking forward to being back this year at ACRC. Be sure to stop by the booth for a chance to connect and click here to schedule a time to meet one-on-one. In addition, Jennifer will be presenting, Understanding why Strategic Plans are Critical for a Nonprofit. Registration is still open; click here for more information.
New Orleans, LA
FFTA - Family Focused Treatment Association Annual Conference
If you're in attendance, don't miss Jennifer's presentation, Succession Planning Beyond the CEO. Don't forget to stop by the AG booth to have all of your accreditation-related questions answered. To schedule a time to meet with Jennifer one-on-one while at FFTA, click here. Registration is still open, please click here for more information and to register.
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