Youth Services Office Receives Reaccreditation
The Somerset County Office of Youth Services has been reaccredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA) for the fifth time. Reviews are conducted every four years.
“This is well-deserved recognition for a highly professional county division,” said Freeholder Shanel Y. Robinson, human services liaison. “The COA reviews the entire organization, so the reaccreditation speaks to the credibility, integrity and achievement of the entire 18-member Youth Services staff.”
Programs reviewed and included in the reaccreditation include the Family Crisis Intervention Unit, as well as the office’s affiliated planning bodies – the Youth Services Commission, Municipal Youth Services Commissions, County Interagency Coordinating Council and Commission on Child Abuse and Missing Children.
COA reaccreditation is an objective and reliable verification that provides confidence and support to an organization’s service recipients, board members, staff and community partners.
The COA reaccreditation process involves a detailed review and analysis of both an organization’s administrative operations and its service delivery practices. All are measured against national standards of best practice.
These standards emphasize services that are accessible, appropriate, culturally responsive, evidence-based and outcomes-oriented. In addition, they confirm that the services are provided by a skilled and supported workforce and that all individuals are treated with dignity and respect.
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