We are delighted to announce that Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County has achieved national re-accreditation through the Council on Accreditation (COA). We are especially proud of our programs that went through accreditation for the first time: Family Assessment Clinic, Huron Valley Ambulance, Foster Care, and Family Time.
Re-accreditation is a tremendous achievement that demonstrates that CSSW 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 our stakeholders. It represents the fulfillment of countless hours of hard work and the dedication of our tireless staff, Board of Directors, and leadership. It is truly a testament to all of the hard work that we do year round that we were able to achieve our re-accreditation so expediently.
Founded in 1977, COA is an independent, nonprofit organization that partners with human service organizations worldwide to improve service delivery outcomes by developing, applying, and promoting appropriate best practice standards. COA Standards reflect current best practices in the field as determined through extensive literature reviews and a rigorous, multi-stage development and vetting process. Over 2,000 organizations — voluntary, public, and proprietary; local and statewide; large and small — have either successfully achieved, or are in the process of, accreditation. Implementing COA standards means our organization is among the best in the field. We are proud to be a part of this community of excellence.
Although the formal accreditation process has been completed, our work is far from over; COA accreditation is not an end in and of itself. Rather, it is a process by which CSSW can consistently strive for and achieve new levels of excellence.
Most importantly, we thank you, our supporters, who make it possible for us to better serve our mission to seek justice, and change lives.