To say that the term risk assessment has many meanings is an incontrovertible understatement. My Google search of the phrase "what is a risk assessment" yielded more than 127 million results in an astonishing .88 seconds! From time to time at NRMC we ponder what the phrase means, and why it’s relevant-to the mission of the people and community-serving organizations we serve. Here's why risk assessment matters and how nonprofits evaluate their risks.
Accreditation is daunting on its own - throw in a mandate with a tight deadline and its understandable that providers enter panic mode. Here’s a guide to help you gather the important details, understand what is required, determine milestones, and know how to compare and contrast accreditors.
The relentless pace of opioid overdose deaths has taken a toll on communities and left friends, family and neighbors of individuals struggling with opioid dependency feeling powerless. As the country struggles to keep up with the relentless pace of opioid overdose deaths, local communities have galvanized to develop and promote innovative strategies to get naloxone into the hands of any potential life savers, looking at a greater range of first responders and beyond to play a role.
There is no doubt that something needs to change in order to effectively provide the help and care individuals need to combat Opioid Use Disorder. But is declaring a national emergency the solution? This article explains what an official state of emergency actually means, the various laws the administration can use for this kind of declaration, and whether it's an appropriate solution.
As an organization evolves, it will inevitably face changes in leadership. While many of these transitions are anticipated, as when additional leadership roles are established or when a leader retires, other times the agency faces the dilemma of filling an unexpected opening. The key to making any leadership transition a seamless process for staff and clients alike is to develop a thoughtful succession plan that will guide decisions when the need arises. Here, we offer fundamental succession planning tips that can help your organization to Prepare for Greatness!™
We have been hearing the term "mindfulness" increasingly over the past decade. It's something that I've certainly identified with, and I hope to be able to communicate how just a few elements of this concept can be integrated into your leadership style.
At the Council on Accreditation (COA) we are continuously inspired by the work and dedication of the staff at our accredited organizations and their voracity to provide unparalleled services to their clients. In honor of COA’s 40th anniversary, we would like to highlight Children’s Aid Society of Alabama (CAS), an organization that has partnered with COA for many years and continues to reap the benefits of the accreditation process.
In this post, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline discusses their campaign, #BeThe1To 5-steps to Save a Life. Lifeline initially launched this widely successful campaign in 2016 to recognize that year’s National Suicide Prevention Month and provide people with concrete, actionable tools. For 2017, the campaign has established partnerships with over 30 suicide prevention and mental health organizations across the country and will host Facebook Live and Twitter chats throughout the month of September. The author Chris Maxwell paints a picture of someone in crisis and walks the reader through ways to successfully address this type of situation and the individual's needs.
In this article, we will be examining some of the puzzle pieces of the Adult Foster Care (AFC) standards. A crucial player in the standard development process are experts in the field. As we walk-through elements of the AFC standards, make note of your thoughts and recommendations. We’ll give you guidance on how to share your voice with us and participate in the development process at the conclusion of this post.
In this article we’ll discuss the influence of membership associations and the impact they can have on members in their relevant industries, how they foster growth within the workforce, and provide powerful opportunities for collaboration.
This year COA turns 40. To honor the occasion, here's a timeline of key milestones that have helped define COA and its role in the human services field.
Writing standards is a weird gig and an even weirder one to explain. My go-to line when asked the dreaded “so what do you do for a living” question is “I write rules and regulations that organizations have to meet to be accredited.” This is followed by a litany of questions: “Do you like it?” “Yes.” “Can you explain what it is you do exactly?” “Kind of?” But in whatever context in which the what-do-you-do-for-a-living question comes up, there’s no good way to clearly describe my role. My explanation inevitably comes out dry, and doesn’t amount to much more than “I type on a computer all day,” which doesn’t do the job justice.
The most visceral way to explain standards development is, it’s about breathing life into a concept and then making it concrete and tangible. Which, to someone like me who finds policy exhilarating, is a little bit like magic. If magic were overly concerned with procedures. Now let’s walk-through the evolution of the YPS standards.
When have we not been talking about race? The vocabulary changes over time, and hopefully each verbal evolution brings something new conceptually and leads us to a new place in terms of needed action and results. But whichever term and concept is in vogue, it is clear that the conversation must keep going.
This post looks at just one area of particular concern. That is, diversity of membership among our boards of directors. Without progress at that level it is almost impossible to achieve real and sustainable change in terms of racial equity toward those we serve.
There is no doubt that having a technology plan is central to business success. And nonprofit service delivery is no exception. Customers look for and expect to find many nonprofit services online.
At its most basic level, a technology plan is a high-level strategy that details where your organization is now and where it wants to go in the future with respect to technology and infrastructure.
Developing a strategy and understanding the short- and long-term costs of that strategy can seem daunting. Where do we even start? How do we build out our technology? Do we need something more than our current website? What kind of database should we use? Do we need a mobile strategy? These are all great questions. And developing a technology plan can help answer some of these questions and put you on the road to creating a sustainable and purposeful strategy for leveraging technology to meet your mission.
Books are a valuable tool for professional and personal growth; many social service organizations encourage staff to increase their knowledge and stay engaged with trends in the field by organizing book clubs, establishing office libraries, or allocating professional development funds for book purchases.
Interested in discovering your next great page turner? Luckily, we have a few great recommendations from our well-read stakeholders -- books that inform, inspire, and can influence your work. In this post, check out these great picks from COA’s Community.
In honor of mental health awareness month, we offer the following graphics designed to be used by EVERYONE this month and beyond to educate and raise awareness. Click on the images to save, download and share.
Most people are familiar with CPR. In fact, more than 12 million Americans are trained in CPR every year to appropriately respond in case of a cardiac emergency. But what do we do if someone is having a mental health emergency? According to Mental Health America’s 2017 report, one in five adults has a mental health condition. That’s over 40 million Americans, making it arguably more likely to come in contact with someone in an emotional crisis or with a mental illness. Mental Health First Aid (MHFA), is a lesser known but equally important form of emergency assistance. It is a public education program that prepares people to respond to individuals experiencing a mental health crisis. Participants learn how to identify the symptoms associated with mental health disorders, assess for suicide risk, and encourage appropriate intervention or care.
MHFA has been around for over a decade and it is estimated to be as common as CPR by 2020. In honor of Mental Health month, this article will put a spotlight on MHFA as a catalyst for reducing stigma and improving mental health literacy throughout communities nationwide.
How many times have you gone to a website expecting to do something like save, edit, search, pay, or download but can’t figure out how to do it? For a company that relies on their site for client transactions, or marketing and communication purposes, this is bad business. If your customer can’t find what they're looking for because your website is clunky, they aren't coming back anytime soon.In this post we’ll focus on the importance of a good user interface for your website. We’ll discuss some basic design and usability best practices, share COA’s experience and lessons learned from the launch of our web application – MyCOA, and offer recommendations for next steps.