Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota achieves national accreditation
Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota has achieved national accreditation through the New York-based Council on Accreditation (COA).
Organizations pursue accreditation to demonstrate the implementation of best-practice standards in the field of human services. COA evaluated all aspects of LSSND's programs, service areas, management and administration.
LSSND offers seven service areas: Early Beginnings, Youth Interventions, Therapy Services, Senior Independence, Affordable Housing and Humanitarian Work.
COA accreditation is an objective, independent and reliable validation of an agency's performance. The accreditation process involves a detailed review and analysis of an organization's administration, management and service-delivery functions against international standards of best practice. The standards driving accreditation ensure that services are well-coordinated, culturally competent, evidence-based, outcomes-oriented and provided by a skilled and supported workforce. COA accreditation demonstrates accountability in the management of resources, sets standardized best practice thresholds for service and administration, and increases organizational capacity and accountability by creating a framework for ongoing quality improvement.
Based on their findings, the volunteer-based commission voted that LSSND had successfully met the criteria for accreditation.
An endorsement of COA and the value of its accreditation process is reflected in it being named by the US State Department as the sole national independent accrediting body under the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption to accredit intercountry adoption service providers. It is also the only national accreditor designated by the US Department of Defense to develop accreditation standards and processes for human service programs provided to military personnel and their families.
LSSND offers programs on everything from childcare training, problem-gambling treatment, adoption services, pregnancy counseling and immigration assistance to individual and family therapy, in-home family counseling, senior services, restorative justice, attendant care, young family support, disaster response, affordable housing and residential psychiatric care for youth. This social-ministry agency has been providing services to adults, children, senior citizens and families throughout North Dakota or 99 years.