Accreditation is an evaluation and approval process for organizations or programs that deliver a specific type of services, or set of services. The focus is on the organization/program providing the service(s). Accreditation is sponsored by a non-governmental agency, in which trained external peer and expert reviewers evaluate an organization’s conformance with pre-established performance standards. Although it is usually voluntary, it is often a requirement set by many diverse funders and purchasers of services.
At CAPRSS, we believe that accrediting programs that deliver PRSS will:
- create infrastructure necessary for peer service delivery, including standards-driven, continuous quality improvement;
- facilitate and disseminate promising, best, and, ultimately, evidence-based practices; and
- reinforce the recovery-based values and principles that underlie peer services and make them valuable and effective in supporting long-term recovery.