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The Parent Child Center Receives National Accreditation

Council on Accreditation logoIn March 2008, The Parent Child Center of Tulsa received its first national accreditation from the Council on Accreditation (COA). We are proud to join 1800 leading private and public organizations across North America that have obtained this recognition.

COA is an independent, not-for-profit accreditor for community-based behavioral health care and social service agencies. Accreditation by COA provides reliable and objective verification of credibility, integrity and achievement, assuring:

> Strong financial controls are in place;
> Best practice methods are being followed;
> High standards of organizational and management oversight are practiced; and
> Services are client focused, mission driven and outcome oriented in all aspects.

The journey to accreditation began in October 2005, when The Parent Child Center’s Board of Directors approved a two-part continuous quality improvement plan: (1) to establish the agency’s outcome evaluation process on a more rigorous research-based model, and (2) to pursue a nationally recognized standard of excellence.

An extensive self-study process focused the attention of our staff, board members, advisors, volunteers and donors on the mission-critical areas that make The Parent Child Center of Tulsa highly effective. The process culminated in a four-day site visit by a team of nationally certified peer reviewers. The result was The Parent Child Center receiving the highest level of accreditation possible by COA, four years.

Accreditation is both a significant achievement and a powerful promise. It means that the Center meets the highest national standards of best practice and is delivering needed and best quality services to the parents and children in our community whom we serve.

Accreditation is not an end unto its self; it is a process by which we can consistently strive for and achieve new levels of excellence. We acknowledge and thank the Grace and Franklin Bernsen Foundation, the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, and the H.A. and Mary K. Chapman Charitable Trust for supporting this quality initiative and enabling The Parent Child Center of Tulsa to achieve this significant milestone.

For more information about the Council on Accreditation, please visit www.coanet.org.

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