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The Joint Commission

The Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting performance standards developed in consultation with health care experts, providers, measurement experts, purchasers, and consumers.

The Joint Commission standards address the organization’s level of performance in key functional areas, such as patient rights, patient treatment, medication, and infection control. Standards establish expectations for activities that affect the safety and quality of patient care, based on the premise that if an organization does the right things and does them well, there is a strong likelihood that its patients will experience good outcomes.

The Joint Commission’s standards addressing behavioral health care support a recovery-oriented philosophy and approach to care, treatment and services. These standards are framed as performance objectives that are unlikely to change substantially over time, including the environment of care, management of human resources, management of information, leadership, and ethics.

An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 17,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States.

For more information, please visit http://www.jointcommission.org

Western Association of Schools and Colleges

The Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) believes that the goal of any school should be to provide for successful student learning. WASC believes that programs should encompass both the cognitive and affective components of learning in order to foster human growth and development and enable students to become responsible, productive members of the school community and of society. The association assists each participating school in developing a school purpose to reflect its beliefs. For ongoing program improvement, each school must engage in objective and subjective internal and external evaluations to assess progress in achieving its purpose.

A not-for-profit organization, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges accredits and certifies more than 3998 schools in the Western United States.  

For more information, please visit http://www.acswasc.org


California Alliance of Child and Family Services

The California Alliance of Child and Family Services is a statewide association of more than 130 private nonprofit child and family serving agencies committed to providing the highest quality services in the most caring and effective fashion. The Alliance accreditation standards are based on sound theory and practice, and focus on the systems and procedures that are the essential elements of a healthy organization. The Standards are developed and updated by professionals with formal educational qualifications and direct field experience in the administration of programs for vulnerable children, youth and their families.

For more information, please visit http://www.cacfs.org