Hamilton, OH (December 1, 2017) – LifeSpan has achieved national accreditation through the Council on Accreditation (COA). LifeSpan was scored on 15 standards for the entire agency and each of its programs. LifeSpan has consecutively held its accreditation since 1982.
LifeSpan has been preparing internally for over a year to achieve accreditation, led by Chief Operating Officer (COO), Joyce Kachelries, a COA Peer Reviewer. Organizations pursue accreditation to demonstrate the implementation of best practice standards in the field of human services. COA evaluated all aspects of LifeSpan’s programs, services, ethics, financial accountability, and management.
“Being accredited and going through the reaccreditation process, though difficult, is a valuable process. It makes us better as we as we look at best practices and assure we are following and most importantly, we always find ways to improve what we are doing which is reflected in our services” Kachelries, COO said.
COA accreditation is an objective, independent, and reliable validation of an agency’s performance. The COA accreditation process involves a detailed review and analysis of an organization’s administration, management, and service delivery functions against international standards of best practice. The standards driving accreditation ensure that services are well-coordinated, culturally competent, evidence-based, outcomes-oriented, and provided by a skilled and supported workforce.
COA accreditation demonstrates accountability in the management of resources, sets standardized best practice thresholds for service and administration, and increases organizational capacity and accountability by creating a framework for ongoing quality improvement.
LifeSpan, founded in 1945, serves clients from Butler, Warren and Hamilton Counties by offering innovative, cost-effective programs for individuals, families, groups and schools. LifeSpan’s programs include Elderly Services Program, Financial Counseling and Education, School Based Support Services, Family Connection, Guardianship, and Representative Payee.
About Council on Accreditation
Founded in 1977, COA is an independent, not-for-profit accreditor of the full continuum of community-based behavioral health care and social service organizations in the United States and Canada. Over 2,000 organizations — voluntary, public, and proprietary; local and statewide; large and small — have either successfully achieved COA accreditation or are currently engaged in the process. Presently, COA has a total of 47 service standards that are applicable to over 125 different types of programs. To learn more about COA, please visit www.COAnet.org.