TEACHING-FAMILY MODEL ACCREDITATION — WHAT IS IT?
The Teaching-Family Model accreditation process evaluates implementation of standards related to performance and quality of treatment at all organization levels. Accreditation in the Teaching-Family Model assures agency-wide adherence to best practices leading to quality outcomes for clients.
WHY IS ACCREDITATION REQUIRED FOR AGENCIES WANTING TO IDENTIFY AS ‘TEACHING-FAMILY MODEL’?
The Teaching-Family Model is a unique approach to human services characterized by clearly defined goals, integrated support systems, and a set of essential elements. As an evidenced-based practice, the Teaching-Family Model standards have been researched, tested and replicated. Fidelity to these standards is essential for successful implementation of the Model.
TEACHING-FAMILY MODEL ACCREDITATION — HOW DOES IT WORK?
After development from a sponsor site, accredited agencies undergo an initial in-depth accreditation process and subsequent visits every three years. These initial and triennial reviews consist of an on-site visit by two or more peer reviewers to observe and review the implementation of treatment and its benefits to interview staff and consumers. Referral and funding agents, board members, and individuals receiving services are asked to rate and provide comments about the treatment programs. Findings are summarized and reported to the agency and to the TFA Accreditation & Ethics Committee.
On an annual basis, the accredited agency conducts a self-evaluation which includes a practitioner consumer evaluation. A formal report from the agency is due to the TFA Accreditation & Ethics Committee along with an oral presentation designed to stimulate questions and encourage feedback for continuous quality improvement.