The purpose of Commission on Accreditation (Commission) is
Service providers must meet Accreditation Level 1 at the 90% level (using the Accreditation Level 1 Measurement System) for their site survey reports to be reviewed by the Commission. Organizations that offer services in multiple regions must achieve Level 1 at the 90% level across all of its regions.
Meetings to review accreditation site survey reports are generally scheduled monthly. When possible, meeting dates will not be scheduled for the month of December or during peak summer vacation times.
Following the Commission meeting, the Accreditation Coordinator will send the service provider a copy of the final report and an accompanying letter. The content of the letter may include, but is not limited to
If follow-up action is required, the letter will include
A separate mailing will be sent to service providers that have been awarded Three-year Level 2 Accreditation that includes its Accreditation Level 2 certificate, which is signed by the Commission Chair. ACDS offers to cover all or part of the cost of framing the certificate.
There are three possible Accreditation Level 2 decisions, only two of which are options during the initial review of an organization’s site survey report.
Three-Year Level 2 Accreditation
The highest level of accreditation that the Commission can award is Three-Year Level 2 Accreditation. This decision indicates that the organization
Deferred Level 2 Accreditation
Deferred Level 2 Accreditation means
Once the Deferred Level 2 Accreditation decision has been given, the organization is instructed on how to use the Action Plan and Standards Verification process. Upon completion of the full standards verification process, the Commission will review the Action Plan and determine Accreditation.
Termination of Level 2 Accreditation
The final possible decision is the seldom needed Termination of Level 2 Accreditation. This is not a decision option that the Commission can make at the initial review of an organization’s site survey report. It only becomes an option if an organization has chosen to disregard the standards verification process altogether, or have deferred it beyond the allotted deadlines.
Terminating the Accreditation Level 2 status is determined upon consensus of the Commission members. The organization will still retain its Three-Year Level 1 Accreditation.
If an organization has concerns about the Commission’s decision or its objectivity, it may submit a written appeal as per the Appeal Panel process.