Council on Accreditation
Accreditation is a process of review that allows organizations like CHNK to demonstrate our ability to meet regulatory requirements and standards. Every four years, CHNK undergoes a robust accreditation process through the international Council on Accreditation (COA). COA accredits a full continuum of child welfare, behavioral health, and community-based social services. This includes more than 2,200 organizations and programs serving more than 7 million individuals and families. CHNK most recently completed the accreditation process in 2018.
All Children – All Families
CHNK is a participating agency in the national Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s All Children – All Families program. This initiative promotes LGBT cultural competency among child welfare professionals. Participating agencies work to meet ten key Benchmarks of LGBT Cultural Competency – from client non-discrimination policies and inclusive agency paperwork, to staff training and creating an LGBT-inclusive agency environment. In May 2016, CHNK earned the foundation’s All Children—All Families seal of recognition for its commitment to supporting and serving LGBTQ youth. We are the first behavioral health services organization in the Commonwealth of Kentucky to receive this distinction.
The Sanctuary® Model is a blueprint for clinical and organizational change which, at its core, promotes safety and recovery from adversity. This is done through the active creation of a trauma-responsive community. Sanctuary certification symbolizes an organization’s commitment to providing a higher level of care, a trauma-sensitive environment for the people they serve, and a better work environment for employees. Sanctuary certification is a three-year process, with re-evaluation required every three years. CHNK successfully completed the certification process in 2018, becoming the first behavioral health services organization in Kentucky to be certified in The Sanctuary Model.