We are proud of the hard work our team does here on the COA blog, Interpretation. As we kick off the new year, we want to highlight five posts from 2018 that exemplify what this blog is about: sharing best practices in human services, accreditation, and the issues impacting our community.
COA chatted with Jill Jacobs, Executive Director of the COA accredited organization Family Builders, about the success of their Youth Acceptance Project. The program is designed to keep LGBTQ youth safe in their family homes (family reunification/family preservation) and to advocate for safe and equitable permanency of LGBTQ youth when family reunification is not possible.
Accreditation is a journey. One with a clear destination, but a less defined path. There are mile markers along the way; however, there isn’t necessarily one straight, easy road to the finish line. If you are tasked with leading the accreditation process for your organization, you may not know where to start. This is where COA’s Accreditation Coordinators come in.
COA published its revised standards for Adoption Services. The release represents not only the culmination of our efforts to align our standards with current adoption practices, but also our long-term, ongoing commitment to adoption as an important option for families both here in the United States and abroad.
This post explores how environmental justice intersects with social services and how the environment impacts the communities we serve and is an important element to consider in our work.
Jayne Schmidt, Director of Hague Accreditation shares insight into the recent update to COA's adoption standards. She discusses streamlining the standards, keeping them relevant, and the emerging information about unique needs and effective practices that informed the process.
When collected and analyzed properly, data removes our subjectivity and can offer a neutral, reliable view of the world. Data is the heart of COA’s performance and quality improvement standards, and drives human service providers to continually monitor performance and investigate flagging or abnormal measures. We now have unprecedented access to data about the world outside of ourselves and our organizations – critical for human service providers who have a special mandate to know and respond to the communities they serve. This post shares a few helpful sources of public data that are relevant to our work.
The Council on Accreditation is putting forth a call to action to support evidence-based and trauma-informed care for undocumented migrant children. The Departments of Health and Human Services have put forth a proposal to withdraw the Flores Settlement Agreement with a public comment period that ends November 6th. COA explains the importance of engaging in this comment period and apply lessons learned in the field to this vulnerable population.
Chicago House and Social Service Agency serves individuals and families who are disenfranchised by HIV/AIDS, LGBTQ marginalization, poverty, homelessness, and/or gender nonconformity. In this post, they discuss harm reduction, a client-centered, trauma-informed approach that emphasizes safety and client self-determination. Chicago House shares how they apply this philosophy to all aspects of their organization.
To commemorate National Suicide Prevention Month the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline contributed to COA’s blog. Lifeline’s post includes guidance on how to help someone in crisis and recommends some helpful resources connected to their #BeThe1To campaign.
Learn about some of the forces driving pregnancy rates in child welfare, the challenges that parenting foster youth face, and how agencies can take action to support young parents and protect their rights in our latest blog post.
Government regulations are not just another hoop to jump through, they can assist your organization with fulfilling your mission and bolster best practice. COA's Devon Reichhart discusses the role of government regulation in human services.
Outcomes are the big topic of discussion in behavioral health. But how do you make sure your outcomes data has integrity? By following these three tips.
Often times your health is influenced by factors beyond the individual’s control, factors related to their social context. Health professionals refer to these as social determinants of health (SDOH) and they have become the focus of increasing interest when it comes to closing the health disparity gap and taking more proactive approaches to population health and well-being.
The physical environment can have a profound impact on behavior, mood, perception, and accessibility. When designed intentionally and strategically, your facility can support the work and mission of the organization. Left unexamined, it can limit or even undercut your impact.
Almost 3,400 leaders of nonprofits across all 50 states and a wide range of sizes, missions, and work areas raised their voices through the latest State of the Nonprofit Sector Survey.
Child welfare agencies across the country are seeing the impact of the current opioid epidemic. Reports from public officials, advocates, and those working in the field echo the same sentiment – the crisis is overwhelming. As opioid abuse continues to increase nationwide, the demand for foster care placements is also on the rise. This leads us to wonder what is the relationship, and what does it mean for families and future generations of children?
In recognition of National Foster Care Month, this article will shed light on the connection between the opioid epidemic and child welfare and contribute to the ongoing dialogue on how policy and practice can better support those working with families entrenched in this devastating crisis.
Mass Shootings are on the rise. Looking at the time period of 2000 to 2015, active shooter incidents have more than doubled in the second half of that period. The solution for this is hotly contested, with both sides digging their heels in the ground leaving us at a standstill and while it may offer us that inch of prevention we so desperately need, reeling communities are currently in need for pounds and pounds of cure. The purpose of COA’s Disaster Recovery Case Management standards is to support an organization’s ability to coordinate the necessary resources to help communities create a sustainable recovery.