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Choosing An Accreditor

The first step to becoming an accredited QRTP is to find an accreditor that is the right fit for your organization. Check out our resources to learn more.


choosing an accreditor

The first step to getting accredited is to find an accreditor that is the right fit for your organization.

Three accreditors have been approved by the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) to accredit Qualified Residential Treatment Programs (QRTPs). These are:

  1. The Council on Accreditation (COA)

  2. The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)

  3. The Joint Commission (JC)

Check out our resources below to learn more.

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We've got an Accreditor Comparison Guide that will cover the basics.


Read about the accreditation process in our blog

COA’s Interpretation blog has several posts designed to help organizations new to the world of accreditation. Find the links to some of them below.

Be sure to browse around the site for others, and if you want to stay in the loop, subscribe!


Attend our free "intro to COA accreditation" webinar

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We’ll be holding live Family First accreditation webinars every week for as long as there is interest (and making recordings of the webinar available in-between!).

Bring your any questions or concerns you may have, and we’ll do what we can to address them.


Ask a COA-accredited organization about their experience

Our “Who is Accredited” search can help you contact an organization in your area. Ask them how the accreditation experience was for them, and if they have any tips and tricks to make the experience a positive one!

Feeling shy? You can also just read about a recent experience from a COA-accredited organization here.

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Ready for more information?

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We at COA pride ourselves on helping organizations large and small throughout the accreditation process. Each organization is paired with a dedicated Accreditation Coordinator for personalized support. We also offer a number of complimentary tools and resources. To see some examples, visit the “Accreditation Resources” page.

If you’d like to learn more about getting accredited with COA, get in touch today.