Positive Alternatives

Pictured with the COA plaque, left to right: Jeremy Hernandez (Vice President-Chief Operating Officer), Kelli Kamholz (President/CEO) and Chris King (Board Chair). Photo provided by Positive Alternatives, Inc. 

Alternatives, a local nonprofit organization, has achieved national accreditation through the New York-based Council on Accreditation. Positive Alternatives provides services to youth and families including adolescent groups homes in River Falls, Menomonie, Amery, Wisconsin Rapids and Wausau, as well as community-based services in western Wisconsin.

Positive Alternatives offers group homes and community-based services to youth and families in five Wisconsin communities and has been providing services to youth and families since 1974.

It took Positive Alternatives two years to achieve accreditation. Organizations must demonstrate the implementation of best practice standards in the field of human services. COA evaluated all aspects of Positive Alternatives’ programs, services, management and administration against international standards of best practice.

Positive Alternatives first provided written evidence of compliance with the COA standards. Thereafter, a group of specially trained volunteer peer reviewers confirmed adherence to these standards during a series of on-site interviews with trustees, staff and clients.

Based on the findings, COA’s volunteer-based Accreditation Commission voted that Positive Alternatives had successfully met the criteria for accreditation.

To learn more about COA, visit www.coanet.org.

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