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CHS Achieves Reaccreditation

July 24, 2020—Children’s Home of Stockton (CHS) is proud to announce that it has received reaccreditation through the New York-based Council on Accreditation (COA). Children’s Home of Stockton was first accredited four years ago, in 2016.

Accreditation provides an organization like CHS the opportunity to evaluate its resources, offer and implement best practices, and work toward continuous quality improvement. It also helps CHS to deliver quality services to its students and support positive outcomes, support CHS staff members, meet best practice standards, show CHS is compliant with laws and regulations, and ensure that CHS is maintaining an environment of continuous quality improvement. "A special acknowledgement and thanks to our staff for all of their hard work,” said Elizabeth Bridges, Associate Director at Children’s Home of Stockton. “Reaccreditation is a tremendous achievement that demonstrates that your organization is recognized as a provider that continues to successfully implement high performance standards and, as such, is delivering the highest quality services to all of its stakeholders."

CHS has been serving a vulnerable population of at-risk youth for 138 years. CHS is the largest 52-bed Short-Term Residential Therapeutic Program (STRTP) in San Joaquin County, certified to provide Specialty Mental Health Services and offer Transition Aftercare services. In addition, CHS provides on-campus one.Vision classes operated by the San Joaquin Office of Education.

COA accreditation is an objective, independent, and reliable validation of an agency’s performance. COA evaluated all aspects of CHS’ programs, services, management, and administration. The 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. It 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."

An endorsement of COA and the value of its accreditation process is reflected in it being named by the US State Department as the sole national independent accrediting body under the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption to accredit intercountry adoption service providers. In addition, COA is the only national accreditor designated by the U.S. Department of Defense to develop accreditation standards and processes for human service programs provided to military personnel and their families. To learn more information about COA please vist www.coanet.org.