is the process?
Phase: The agency applies for membership in the Oregon Accreditation
Alliance, completes a working agreement, and receives necessary materials
to assist in the next phases.
Phase: The agency determines its level of compliance with Oregon Accreditation
Alliance standards. Files are established where proofs of compliance
are compiled. In this phase all agency policies and procedures undergo
a review, and are updated/revised as necessary.
Assessment: One or more Oregon Accreditation Alliance assessor(s)
reviews the agency’s policies, procedures, and practices against
the standards to ensure necessary compliance is met. A report is then
compiled and forwarded to the Oregon Accreditation Alliance Board
for review and nomination to award accreditation made to the respective
parent organization (OACP, OSSA, APCO).
and Decision: The governing Board of the respective parent organization
reviews the OAA Board nomination and decides to award or defer accreditation.
A date, time and location are arranged for formal presentation of
the award, which is usually at the respective parent organization’s
In order to maintain accredited status, agencies must provide annual
documentation of continued compliance and undergo an onsite assessment
every three years.
long does it take to prepare an agency for an onsite assessment?
average, it takes approximately 18-24 months to prepare an agency for
an onsite assessment. Depending on agency circumstances or impacts,
the time frame can be shorter or longer.
the Accreditation Manager need to be assigned full-time to preparing
the agency for an onsite assessment?
that is not necessary. Most agencies do not have sufficient resources
to assign someone full-time as an Accreditation Manager. The majority
of Accreditation Managers already have other full-time responsibilities.
If done properly, the entire agency will be involved in the preparation