Neu-Life recently achieved national accreditation through the New York-based Council on Accreditation (COA)! Organizations pursue accreditation to demonstrate their implementation of best practice standards in their field. COA evaluated all aspects of Neu-Life's programs, from youth services to management and administration. Neu-Life is the first agency in WI to achieve accreditation in this category!
COA accreditation is an objective, independent, and reliable validation of an agency’s performance. The COA accreditation process involved a detailed review and analysis of administration, management, and service delivery against international standards of best practice. The standards driving accreditation confirm that our programs are well-coordinated, culturally competent, evidence-based, outcomes-oriented, and provided by a skilled and supportive staff. 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.
To achieve COA accreditation, Neu-Life first provided written evidence of compliance with the COA standards. Then a group of specially trained volunteer Peer Reviewers confirmed adherence to these standards during a series of on-site interviews with stakeholders, staff and youth participants.Based on their findings, COA’s volunteer-based Accreditation Commission voted that Neu-Life successfully met the criteria for accreditation under the Child and Youth Development Category.
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.