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Contact: Jaime Joshi
Company: Community Partners
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Community Partners Receives National Accreditation
Community Partners has achieved national accreditation through the New York-based Council on Accreditation (COA). A provider of housing, community and mental health services, Community Partners has held accreditation for 12 years. Organizations pursue accreditation to demonstrate the implementation of best practice standards in the field of human services. COA evaluated all aspects of Community Partners’ programs, services, management, and administration.
“Preparing for our COA reaccreditation was a huge project over about six months culminating in a three day site visit. It required a coordinated effort with everyone involved on some level,” said Jodi Greenblatt, Assistant Vice President of Operations and Quality Improvement.
COA accreditation is an objective, independent, and reliable validation of an agency’s performance. The COA accreditation process involves a detailed review and analysis of an organization’s administration, management, and service delivery functions against international standards of best practice. 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.
To achieve COA accreditation, Community Partners first provided written evidence of compliance with the COA standards. Thereafter, a group of specially trained volunteer Peer Reviewers confirmed adherence to these standards during a series of on-site interviews with trustees, staff and clients.
Based on their findings, COA’s volunteer-based Accreditation Commission voted that Community Partners had successfully met the criteria for accreditation.
“We are constantly striving to be better at what we do in the best interest of our clients. COA recognized how data-driven we are and expedited our reaccreditation as a result of not receiving any out of compliance ratings at all,” said Greenblatt. “This is a testament to the values and mission that we live every day here at CP.”
An endorsement of COA and the value of its accreditation process is reflected in it being named by the US State Department as the sole national independent accrediting body under the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption to accredit intercountry adoption service providers. In addition, COA is the only national accreditor designated by the U.S. Department of Defense to develop accreditation standards and processes for human service programs provided to military personnel and their families.
COUNCIL ON ACCREDITATION
Founded in 1977, COA is an independent, not-for-profit accreditor of the full continuum of community-based behavioral health care and social service organizations in the United States and Canada. Over 2,000 organizations — voluntary, public, and proprietary; local and statewide; large and small — have either successfully achieved COA accreditation or are currently engaged in the process. Presently, COA has a total of 47 service standards that are applicable to over 125 different types of programs. To learn more about COA, please visit www.COAnet.org.
Community Partners is home to Housing Partnership, Inc. and Parent Child Center, Inc. Together, these nonprofit organizations offer a comprehensive array of housing, community, and child and family mental health services. As members of Community Partners, these organizations have significant capacity to make a lasting, positive impact on our children, families, and communities. While each organization retains its own charitable 501-(c)(3) status, they share consolidated financial statements, a common board, and administration under the name of Community Partners. The combined strengths of the agencies enable Community Partners to effectively address some of our community's most challenging financial, social, and emotional issues. Learn more about Community Partners here: cp-cto.org