Going Beyond the Opioid Crisis: Deaths of Despair

Dr. Donald Burke cautions that “the US has experienced four decades of exponentially increasing overdose deaths, so stabilization in the next 2 to 7 years may be more of a hope than a scientific reality.” One of the reasons for this may be that our current approach to targeting the opioid crisis is like targeting the stems of a weed—no matter how much we cut off, if we don’t address the roots, the weed will just keep coming back.

What is the Value of Having a Blog?

Thought provoking content designed to address the specific needs and curiosities of your community is the trail of breadcrumbs driving traffic to all of your assets, including your website. A blog allows an organization to demonstrate that it is a thought leader and offers an opportunity to be transparent about the organization’s opinions and processes, which helps to build credibility. It’s a cost-efficient way to share your mission beyond your current stakeholders, creating potential for new partnerships.

Encouraging Volunteerism from Staff: A COA Case Study

Previously we have acknowledged Volunteer Month by writing about starting a workplace volunteer initiative and had a guest post from one of our many wonderful volunteers. This year, we decided we wanted to get a bit more personal. How does COA staff connect with our own volunteer initiatives? What impact does it have on the communities we serve as well as our own? What can others learn from our story?

Profiles in Accreditation: Lad Lake

For our first Profiles in Accreditation post, we asked Lad Lake President and CEO Daniel O. Magnuson, MA, MSW to share his thoughts on his organization’s journey through reaccreditation. He emphasized how accreditation provided a framework for operational success, as well as the importance of having the entire organization--including the board--engaged with the process.

Family Builders: Best Practice for Serving LGBTQ Youth in Foster Care

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.