Step by Step Process (Organizations applying for Accreditation)
Interested Organization (IO) contacts GAACS to inquire about the industry specific accreditation standards and procedures applicable.
The IO submits initial Application and Nonrefundable fee.
Upon receipt of application, nonrefundable fee, and supporting documentation, GAACS will review and approve the application package. The IO will receive written notice of Candidate Member Status and access to the My GAACS Account.
Candidate member designates staff member to put together the Accreditation File, and communicate with assigned GAACS Consultant.
Candidate Member reviews the Accreditation Standards Manual, completes the Self Study Evaluation, and gathers supporting documentation (Self Study Evidence) and Surveys (Parent, Teacher, and Director) for submission to the My GAACS Account.
GAACS reviews the Visiting Committee's recommendations, response(s) from the candidate member organization (if any), and Self Study Evidence and makes the final decision to grant or deny accreditation.
Within 14 days of the decision to approve accreditation, GAACS will forward the applicable certificate of accreditation, Notice of Accreditation Letter, and related certifications to Candidate Member. The Candidate Member may advertise as a GAACS Accredited Program upon receipt of written notification of accredited status.
A provider's accreditation decision may be deferred for several reasons including: a.) allow clarification of it's program to demonstrate compliance, or b.) allow time for the program to complete a corrective action to meet accreditation standards. A remedial inspection may be required to demonstrate compliance.
If GAACS decision is not favorable or a recommendation is made to deny accreditation then the IO/Candidate Member has 30 days to appeal the decision. Failure to appeal an adverse decision within 30 days shall constitute forfeiture of the right to appeal. If the Candidate Member timely appeals then a hearing will be scheduled within 45 days from receipt of the formal appeal.
5) Continual Accreditation and Re-accreditation:
Continual accreditation-To maintain accreditation, the Accredited Program must submit an annual report and applicable nonrefundable fee no later than June 30th every year with exception to the year of initial accreditation/re-accreditation. Program Annual Report.
Re-accreditation-Within six months before expiration date of the current accreditation, GAACS accredited programs must re-apply for accreditation in accordance with the most recent Accreditation Process. To renew accreditation simply click here to complete the re-accreditation application.
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.