Renewing Accreditation by COA

Jun. 14, 2019

Tamassee DAR School is currently in the process of reaccreditation through the Council on Accreditation.

Since 2003, Tamassee has consistently achieved this endorsement of their programs and services three times.  The process of reaccreditation occurs every 4 years and Tamassee DAR School operates daily, mindful of the specifications, requirements, and guiding principles that are necessary to successfully continue that trend.

Pam Towe, Tamassee DAR School Compliance Officer who guided the organization through the process, stated, “Attaining COA Accreditation is a significant achievement.  It means we have met rigorous, internationally recognized standards of excellence – in the quality of our services to children and families, as well as the quality of our management.”

As part of the process, Tamassee DAR School first provides written evidence of compliance with the COA standards.  Currently, a group of specially trained peer reviewers are on campus to confirm adherence to these standards through a series of on-site procedural reviews and interviews with trustees, staff and clients.  Based on their findings, COA’s Accreditation Commission will vote on whether Tamassee DAR School has once again, successfully met the criteria for reaccreditation.

Reaccreditation means that Tamassee DAR School consistently demonstrates the implementation of the best international practice standards in the field of human services.  All aspects of Tamassee DAR School’s programs, services, management, governance and administration are being examined and awarded.  Chief Executive Officer, Lori Bailey stated, “The COA accreditation process is not only a point in time assessment that verifies that we are providing the very best possible services to children and families, but it also challenges us to establish a robust continuous quality improvement process to consistently evaluate the way we deliver services.  Through this process all aspects of our organization get stronger.  Our workforce becomes more skilled and supported, our services become more efficient and effective, and it challenges us to grow in providing culturally competent, evidenced-based, outcomes-oriented services.”

Founded in 1977, COA is an independent, not-for-profit accreditor of the full continuum of community-based behavioral health care and social service organizations in the United States and Canada. Over 2,000 organizations — voluntary, public, and proprietary; local and statewide; large and small — have either successfully achieved COA accreditation or are currently engaged in the process.    Tamassee DAR School works hard to stay among them and we thank you for your support and encouragement along the way.

On July 27th we will be hosting a FREE event for everyone in the surrounding communities that have been a part of the 100 year long success of Tamassee DAR School.    The fun begins at 2 p.m.  with a free hot dog lunch for everyone in attendance complete with homemade desserts provided by local churches.    The Opening Ceremony will be held in the chapel at 2:30 and greetings will be brought by Lori Bailey Tamassee CEO, Senator Thomas Alexander, Representative Bill Whitmire, and Salem Mayor Lynn Towe.   There will be games, crafts, display booths, music by 4Ever4Given and Conservation Theory, fire trucks and rescue equipment will be on display, dance performances by local dance teams, special sales events across Highway 11 in the Tamassee DAR School Thrift Store, and more!    Mark your calendar and make plans to join us for this exciting family outing.