PLEA was first accredited by the COA (the Council on Accreditation) in 2005 for four years. We changed to accreditation through CARF (the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) in 2009 because their approach was a much better "fit" with the range of services we provide.
During their site visit in February 2009, CARF surveyors conducted interviews with our personnel and the individuals we serve, reviewed various documents and reports, and visited our offices and program sites. We received the maximum 3-year accreditation, with several citations for exemplary practice.
Our most recent CARF site survey was completed in March 2015. We are re-accredited until March 2018. The report was overwhelmingly strong and positive. All the programs and services we provide are covered under the CARF accreditation.
“The organization is highly responsive to the persons served in a manner that addresses the needs of the youth, adults and families it serves. Following its longstanding mission, PLEA treats the whole individual in a respectful and dignified manner. The staff members of PLEA are committed and focus upon the needs, hopes and dreams of the persons served who benefit greatly from the services they receive.” CARF Survey Report; 2015
For more information about CARF and how the accreditation process works go to www.carf.org
Imagine Canada is a national organization that provides leadership in promoting and strengthening the charitable and nonprofit sector in Canada.
Since 2006 PLEA has participated in Imagine Canada's Ethical Code Program by adopting its Ethical Fundraising and Financial Accountability Code as our policy. This committed us to being responsible custodians of donated funds, to exercise due care concerning governance of fundraising and financial reporting, and to ensure that we adhere to the standards of the Code.
In November 2013 PLEA achieved accreditation for a five-year period under Imagine Canada's new national Standards Program. This program will over time will replace its Ethical Code Program. it is a set of shared standards for charities and nonprofits designed to demonstrate their compliance in five fundamental areas: Board governance; financial accountability and transparency; fundraising; staff management; and volunteer involvement.
The goals of the Standards Program are to improve an organization's transparency and capacity in these areas, and to strengthen public confidence in individual organizations and the nonprofit sector as a whole. We received the maximum 5-year accreditation.
For more information about Imagine Canada go to www.imaginecanada.ca