UPDATES FOR PUBLIC AND PRIVATE ORGANIZATIONS
New Updates for December 2011
New Updates for March 2011
Standards Updates provide detailed information about changes and modifications to the standards and are based on new research or literature, as well as feedback COA receives from the field.
Updates are formal changes made to a standard. New standards or sections of standards are issued on a monthly basis and are posted on the website during the first week of the month. Updates that include revisions to existing standards are issued quarterly. Every Update includes an Effective Date. For agencies/organizations that sign their Accreditation Agreement on or after the Effective Date, the updated standard is obligatory.
For agencies/organizations that are already in process when an update is issued, the updated standard is optional, and the agency/organization can choose to meet either the original or updated standard. COA offers this choice because the great majority of Standards Updates provide relief to the agency/organization through, for example, added NA options, improved language, or more descriptive interpretations. Even when an organization/agency is not aware that an issued update provides relief, the organization will be rated on the updated standard.
To access an update, navigate to the standard, click on the update link directly below the standard. The previous language is displayed in the red box below the standard while the new language is incorporated directly into the standard. This allows you to compare the difference(s) between the old and the new standard. To close the update box, click on the link again.
Administration and Management (AM)
Administrative and Service Environment (ASE)
Adult Guardianship (AG)
Behavior Support and Management (BSM)
Client Rights (CR)
Early Child Education (ECE)
Ethical Practice (ETH)
Financial Education and Counseling Services (FEC)
Foster Care (FC)
Group Living Services (GLS)
Human Resources Management (HR)
Kinship Care Services (KC)
Performance and Quality Improvement (PQI)
Residential Treatment Services (RTX)
Risk Prevention and Management (RPM)
Training and Supervision (TS)