Press Release: Pressley Ridge Proudly Announces Reaccreditation
PITTSBURGH - Pressley Ridge is extremely pleased to announce that it has been reaccredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA). COA accreditation indicates that an organization meets the highest national standards in delivering quality services to the community in which it operates.
The COA accreditation process involves an in-depth examination of an organization’s compliance with established best practices. The process includes a review of organizational standards, including human resources, financial and risk management and continuous quality improvement, as well as 39 service standards. These service standards address a full array of child, family and behavioral healthcare services, including financial and debt management, employee assistance programs, mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment, foster care, health service areas and a host of other services.
As part of the final accreditation report, COA provides the observations and recommendations from the peer reviewer colleagues who read submissions from Pressley Ridge, as well as participated in a site visit. The document offers suggestions from highly experienced professionals on how to strengthen the organization and its programs even further.
COA is an international, independent, not-for-profit accrediting body that was incorporated as a separate legal entity in August 1977, as an accrediting body of social and behavioral healthcare services. COA’s mission “promotes best-practice standards; champions quality services for children, youth and families, and advocates for the value of accreditation.”
COA is endorsed by leading consumer and professional groups and by many regulatory bodies and managed care organizations. COA is sponsored by the Alliance for Children and Families, Association of Jewish family and Children’s Agencies, Catholic Charities USA, Child Welfare league of America, Foster Family-based Treatment Association, Lutheran Services in America, National Council for Adoption, National Foundation for Credit Counseling, National Network for Youth, and Prevent Child Abuse America.
COA’s supporting endorsers include the following organizations: American Association of Children’s Residential Centers, American Network of Community Options and Resources, Child Welfare League of Canada, EAGLE Program of the United Methodist Association, Joint Council on International Children’s Services, Mental Health Corporations of America, Inc., National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, National Association of Family-Based Services, National Association of Psychiatric Treatment Centers for Children, National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors, Inc., National Association of Therapeutic Wilderness Camps, National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare, and Volunteers of America.
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