St. Johns County Health and Human Services (HHS) is proud to announce the recent reaccreditation of the Family Integrity Program (FIP) and the newly earned accreditation of the Social Services division by the Council on Accreditation (COA). By sharing in this accomplishment, Social Services is distinguished among an exceptionally limited number of county-operated Social Services entities currently holding COA accreditation.
Completion of the accreditation process involved a detailed analysis of the organization’s administrative functions and service delivery practices as measured against international standards of best practice. By earning the prestigious COA accreditation, FIP and Social Services are recognized for their commitment to providing the St. Johns County community with superior quality services delivered by an educated and highly-skilled workforce.
As part of their mission to serve the County’s dependent children, FIP offers an array of services including foster home licensing, parenting education, and foster and adoption services. In addition to providing critical support of FIP objectives, the Social Services division assists underprivileged residents with a variety of daily needs including medical referrals, emergency rent and utilities assistance, and food supplies. Through a combined effort, FIP and Social Services delivered support to more than 13,000 adult and youth residents in 2012.
COA is an international, independent, not-for-profit, child and family service and behavioral healthcare accrediting organization. Since its creation in 1977, COA’s mission has greatly evolved, with the organization now working to accredit more than 1,800 private and public organizations or programs that serve more than 7 million individuals and families in the United States and 11 other countries.