Accreditation is the voluntary, ongoing process of self-evaluation and improvement. Accreditation requires a commitment to accountability, compliance, self-evaluation, and peer review.
SOME TIPS TO CONSIDER WHEN PURSUING NATIONAL ACCREDITATION:
The timeline for accreditation may vary somewhat between organizations. The bulk of the time will be in developing or completing the Self Study Evaluation. See Accreditation Timeline
Benefits of Accreditation
The greatest benefit of Green Apple Accreditation is QUALITY. Every provider should aspire to self-improvement and could benefit from the wisdom gained from peer review. Green Apple validators are experts with numerous years of experience in the field and knowledge of best practices.
In addition to an increase in QUALITY, Green Apple Accreditation means:
a. Higher reimbursement rates for subsidized care,
b. National and State recognition, AND
c. Is required in some states for participation in funding programs.
Green Apple Accreditation of Children's Services (GAACS) does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, creed, disability, or national origin in the administration of its programs. GAACS is an independent, nationally recognized accrediting agency that accredits schools and children's behavioral health programs. International Green Apple Accreditation (IGAA)is the international accrediting agency and sister organization ofGAACS. IGAA and GAACS are not affiliated with any other accrediting agency.