Standards panelists wanted

November 20, 2020

COA is looking for providers, agency leaders, and subject matter experts in the fields of behavioral health and child welfare to sit on two standards development panels that will be convening virtually this fall. The goal of these advisory panels is to review and revise applicable COA accreditation standards to ensure they continue to promote current trends and best practices in their respective fields.   

COA is currently focused on revising its suite of behavioral health standards to reflect current practice in office-based opioid treatment, recovery housing, trends in child and adolescent behavioral health, and sobering centers.  For more information on the many ways you can support this ongoing work please contact Melissa Dury.   

The child welfare revisions are focused on two main areas: (1) ensuring that COA’s standards for treatment foster care align with current practice in the field, and (2) ensuring that COA’s standards for family support and preservation reflect current practice in prevention services, focusing on alignment with the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA).  For more information on how to support this work please contact Lucia Hsiao or Susan Russell-Smith.


About COA

Founded in 1977, the Council on Accreditation (COA) is an international, independent, nonprofit organization that accredits human and social service providers. Our mission is to partner with human and social service organizations to strengthen their ability to improve the lives of the people they serve.