Council on Accreditation (COA)
Founded in 1977, COA is an independent not-for-profit international accreditor of the full continuum of community-based behavioral health care and human service organizations. Today, over 1800 organizations—public and private—are either COA accredited or are in the process of seeking accreditation. These organizations serve over 7 million of our most vulnerable individuals each year.
The Council on Accreditation (COA) has recently informed Huron Behavioral Health (HBH) that it is now reaccredited through 2022. COA’s commitment to maintaining the highest level of standards designed to identify service providers that have set high performance standards and have made a commitment to deliver the highest quality services. COA was proud to recognize Huron Behavioral Health as one of these outstanding providers. All of the ratings Huron Behavioral Health received during this recent review in the fundamental practice standards areas were in compliance, and no correction or improvement plans were necessary. “For Huron Behavioral Health to accomplish compliance with all standards at a time when we are going through many changes and transitions, AND to accomplish this three times in a row (2009 review, 2014 review and 2017 review) is nothing short of phenomenal in my mind” said HBH CEO Suzanne Prich. “This is the result of much hard work from a very dedicated and caring staff. I am very proud of our team and the services we offer.”
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” or rated 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.
Because COA reviews and reaccredits the entire organization, not just specific programs, the public can have confidence in the credibility, integrity and achievement of the entire organization.