Methodist Childrens Home Earns COA Reaccreditation

August 18, 2011

The Methodist Children’s Home (MCH) in Waco has received word that the Council on Accreditation (COA) has granted reaccreditation to the institution. Methodist Children’s Home President Tim Brown received word of the reaccreditation earlier this month in a letter from Richard Klarberg, president and chief executive officer of COA. This recognition marks MCH as one of only 32 organizations in Texas to have received COA accreditation.

“Reaccreditation is a tremendous achievement that demonstrates that your organization is recognized as a provider that continues to successfully implement high performance standards and, as such, is delivering the highest quality services to all of its stakeholders,” wrote Mr. Klarberg. “Because COA reviews and reaccredits the entire organization, not just specific programs, you can have confidence in the credibility, integrity and achievement of your entire organization.”

According to the announcement, the reaccreditation process involves a detailed review and analysis of both an organization’s administrative operations and its service delivery practices. All are measured against national standards of best practice. In addition, they confirm that the services are provided by a skilled and supported workforce and that all individuals are treated with dignity and respect.

“I am delighted to receive this wonderful news, and I never cease to be amazed at the accomplishments and dedication of our staff, leadership team and board of directors,” President Brown said. “I am impressed and humbled by their teamwork and extraordinary efforts that enabled us to earn this achievement in the midst of a number of other time constraints and demands. I am proud of our compliance with best practices.”

Brown (photo right) said he is also grateful for the prayers, encouragement and financial support United Methodists and other friends continue to provide MCH, which serves more than 1,400 children and youth throughout Texas and New Mexico. “Our United Methodist constituents, donors, supporters and other friends should be encouraged by the news of accreditation as well. As we embark on our new strategic plan, I believe this reaccreditation will become even more significant for our ministry in the next few years.”

Founded in 1977, COA is an independent not-for-profit international accreditor of the full continuum of community-based behavioral health care and human service organizations. Fewer than 1,800 organizations world-wide have earned COA accreditation.

Founded in 1890, MCH is a nationally accredited, non-profit childcare ministry affiliated with the seven United Methodist Annual Conferences of Texas and New Mexico.