Each organization must follow the Step by Step Process for Accreditation. The timeline for accreditation may vary from organization to organization. The timeframe is based primarily on the organization's unique needs, industry, ability to demonstrate compliance with GAACS standards, and the pace the organization undertakes to complete the process.
1. Candidate member applies for industry specific accreditation. An application for accreditation is valid for a specific period of time. If the applicant does not move through the process within a specific timeframe then it may be required reapply. 2. Within 15 days from the date of application for accreditation, a GAACS consultant is assigned to the candidate member. The consultant will schedule a courtesy walkthru or web based orientation with the candidate member. 3. Within 30 days a courtesy walk thru is scheduled at the candidate member organization facility. (Option 1) 4. Within 30 days the candidate member participates in a web based orientation with its assigned Consultant. (Option 2) 5. Candidate member organization orders industry specific standards and self study guide. 6. The candidate member organization may take up to the maximum time permitted for its industry to complete the Self Study Guide. (Time varies). Refer to Self Study Guide. 7. Candidate member organization submits the Self Study Guide, supporting documentation, and nonrefundable fee to GAACS. 8. Within 30 days from receipt of Self Study Guide, GAACS reviews the submission and provides a written response to Candidate Member organization. GAACS will recommend to 1) approve the Self Study Guide and schedule the site visit or 2) request further documentation. 9. If further documentation is requested then the Candidate Member Organization will have 30 days to submit any outstanding documentation or correct any deficiencies. 10. If no further documentation is requested then the Candidate member organization will have 30 days to submit the Request for Inspection form and a nonrefundable fee. 11. GAACS will send written confirmation of the date and time for the inspection within 15 days from the date the Request for Inspection has been received. 12. Following the site visit inspection, within 2 days, the visiting team will make written recommendation to approve or deny accreditation. 13. The candidate member organization will have 5 days to respond to the visiting teams recommendations (if unfavorable). 14. Within 10 days from receipt of the visiting team's recommendations, review of all supporting documentation including any written response from the candidate member organization, GAACS will make a final decision to approve or deny accreditation. 15. The candidate member organization will have 30 days to appeal the decision, if unfavorable. 16. Upon approval, GAACS will forward the candidate member its certificate of accreditation and verification of ACCREDITED MEMBER status.
Green Apple Accreditation of Children's Services (GAACS) does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, creed, disability, or national origin in the administration of its programs. GAACS is an independent, nationally recognized accrediting agency that accredits schools and children's behavioral health programs. International Green Apple Accreditation (IGAA)is the international accrediting agency and sister organization ofGAACS. IGAA and GAACS are not affiliated with any other accrediting agency.