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.


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.

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.

Queen City Certified

In 2018, CHNK received recognition as one of the inaugural organizations in Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky to earn a Queen City Certified Leader in Gender Equity designation. This designation identifies CHNK as having a diverse workforce representative of the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky region, strong gender balance at all levels of the organization, fair pay practices, and an inclusive, supportive work culture.


GuideStar’s mission is to revolutionize philanthropy by providing information that advances transparency, enables users to make better decisions, and encourages charitable giving. CHNK is proud to be a GuideStar Exchange Gold Participant, committed to transparency.

Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce

The NKY Chamber of Commerce is Greater Cincinnati’s leading business organization and a nationally accredited five-star Chamber. They exist to be the voice of the business community, connecting businesses to government, education, and nonprofits in order to create and promote a strong business climate. 

Face It

The Face It® Movement, conceived and created in 2012 as a response to the public outcry against the increasing number of child abuse deaths in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, officially launched in April 2013 as an initiative led by Kosair Charities. CHNK is proud to be a Face It Partner, helping to promote best practices in child abuse prevention and intervention and advocating for effective policies to improve the child welfare system.