The NAC accreditation is a process under which services and operations are evaluated by an external team to determine if standards that are deemed indicators of quality performance, measures of sound practices and that generate the best results are met. Accreditation is a value added process that ensures that consumers (i.e. clients and students) are provided services under quality based conditions and operations. The standards for accreditation are set by a peer Council whose members include professionals who are skilled and experience with program administration, systems, educational and rehabilitation protocols and service delivery. The NAC accreditation system includes: Agencies/Schools and Colleges/Universities.
The National Accreditation Council has chief responsibility for setting and enforcing standards set forth in the Accreditation Program. The Council acts as the overseeing body that ensures that the standards are current, relevant, and advance excellence in service delivery and that those entities seeking accreditation meet the standards. The primary responsibilities of the Council include:
- Approve and or deny accreditation.
- Define standards and criteria for evaluation of entities and programs and assure compliance to the standards.
- Develop methods for measuring the effectiveness of standards and the accreditation process.
- Establish guidelines and policies applicable to the accreditation and approval process.
- Hear and decide appeals related to the denial of full accreditation.
- Establish the re-evaluation of standards cycle and make improvements to the standards as needed.