The Carolina Youth Development Center (CYDC) was recently reaccredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA), one of the leading accrediting bodies for health and social service providers.
Although CYDC has maintained its accreditation consecutively since 1980 as a group living facility, this year’s accreditation recognized the organization as a residential treatment center.
“Accreditation is a tremendous achievement for our organization,” said Beverly Hardin, CEO of CYDC. “He recognizes that we have continuously successfully implemented high performance standards and provided quality services to our community. It also recognizes the efficiency of our administrative and financial practices which impact our donors and licensors. These standards are especially important this year as we begin to serve higher-needs populations and focus on treating children and family as a residential treatment center.
The ACO accreditation process involves a detailed review and analysis of an organization’s administrative, management and service delivery functions against international best practice standards. Accreditation standards ensure that services are well-coordinated, culturally competent, evidence-based, results-oriented, and delivered by a skilled and supported workforce. The COA is also a Registered Accrediting Body for Qualified Residential Treatment Programs (QRTP) under the Family First Preventive Services Act (FFPSA).
With accreditation as a residential treatment facility, CYDC renews its commitment and focus on treating children and families who have experienced trauma. Accreditation will allow CYDC to begin caring for children and their families who require a higher level of therapeutic care.
“The CYDC Board of Directors and the community at large are proud of CYDC and their success in being re-accredited and now as a Residential Treatment Center,” said CYDC Board Chair, Rita Daily. “Over the past four years, this team of passionate people has worked tirelessly to invest in training, hire new positions, update policies and procedures, and emphasize treatment in all aspects of the services of the CYDC. We couldn’t be more thrilled to see their hard work translate into this recognition as they continue to provide exemplary care to Lowcountry youth and families.