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Striving for Excellence: Accreditation as a Path to Quality

  • Accreditation is pursued in order to validate an agency’s quality and to verify that they are striving for excellence.
  • Accreditation is best viewed as an ongoing process of agency-wide improvement and development through which an agency or program strives for excellence. It is a process of recognizing and assessing agencies and programs against accepted standards of performance, integrity, and quality.

Program Wide Improvement:  The Benefits of Accreditation

The advantage of accreditation is that it is a single transparent and repeatable approach, which improves consistency, resulting in better risk management.  Some of the many benefits include:

  • Provides a credible, independently verifiable method of differentiating accredited organizations from non-accredited organizations that may not adhere to important industry standards
  • Documents that the agency/program is true to its own foundational statements
    (mission, philosophy, and goals)
  • Promotes on-going organizational education and improvement through a continuous process of self-assessment
  • Sets standards of excellence / affirms that the agency meets standards of quality established by an independent third-party
  • Provides validation of the credibility through a voluntary, peer review process
  • Provides agencies with a template for high quality services, administration, and governance
  • Provides public assurance of quality
  • Promotes accountability
  • Provides a complete review and written documentation of the program
  • Identifies areas of strength and weakness within the organization
  • Gives the organization an opportunity to self congratulate for quality services provided
  • Gives purpose and direction for long-range strategic planning
  • Enables agencies to differentiate themselves in the marketplace
  • Enhances services to children and families
  • Works as a staff and management team building activity as the organization continues its quality improvement objectives

Accredited Member Programs

For a listing of all accredited member agency programs as listed on IRIS (Integrated Residential Information System), please click here