Innovative Practices Award
The Innovative Practices Award is presented by the Council on Accreditation (COA) to COA-accredited and in-process organizations that demonstrate, through the submission of a case study, the application of new and forward-looking practices that have raised the quality of services provided to vulnerable children and families, and are consistent with theory, practice wisdom, and expert consensus as reflected in the broader literature. The Innovative Practices Award provides the opportunity for organizations to share and be rewarded for uniquely meeting the needs of a service population and/or implementing distinctive methods for improving organizational capacity.
Learn more about the Innovative Practices Award as well as the eligibility criteria and application process.
Private Organization Accreditation
Sweetser, a Maine non-profit agency operating since 1828, provides comprehensive mental and behavioral health and substance abuse treatment services. Statewide, it serves around 15,000 consumers a year, including children, adults, and families in outpatient, office-based, and residential settings.
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Catholic Charities, Diocese of Covington
Wm. R. (Bill) Jones, ACSW, MDiv, Chief Executive Officer
Catholic Charities in Covington has been COA accredited since 1996. Though the time spent in completing the self study and hosting the site visit can sometimes feel sometimes daunting, the rewards far outweigh the effort. In our agency, the self-study is a group process that involves every member of the staff from the CEO to the building maintenance staff.