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Newly accredited Behavioral Health Center of Excellence!

The Child Development Center’s Autism & Behavioral Services team is proud to announce that we are now a Behavioral Health Center of Excellence (BHCOE)! We are the first applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy provider in Montana to receive this distinction.

Just like we use the evidence-based methods of ABA because we want the best for our clients, this accreditation is evidence of our commitment to continually improving the quality and accountability of the service that we provide them. We will continue to do all we can to serve our community.

A gold, triangular badge with a dark gold star, blue trim, and white text that says "Committed to Continuous Improvement. BHCOE Accredited 2020, Preliminary Accreditation"The Child Development Center’s Autism & Behavioral Services program currently has a preliminary accreditation status. All this means is that we are newly accredited and still within our first year of accreditation. Once this first year has passed, if we continue to meet the strict clinical and administrative standards, then we will earn full accreditation. From there, accreditation will be monitored and reevaluated every 1 to 3 years depending on performance.

If you want to know more about what BHCOE accreditation means, please review some basic information from BHCOE below, or visit the BHCOE website.

What does it mean to be a BHCOE Accredited organization?

Accreditation is not given, it is earned. A BHCOE Accredited ® Organization is an applied behavior analysis provider that has demonstrated it has met and continues to meet strict clinical and administrative standards as determined by an independent third-party evaluator.

The BHCOE Accreditation serves as a consumer protection mechanism. It also indicates the organization’s commitment to quality improvement, transparency, and accountability that is critically and continually monitored. This includes both internal and external processes that ensure compliance with professional ethics and adherence to clinical best practices. Service expectations and requirements are clearly communicated to both employees and clients. Heightened safeguards are in place to protect clients’ dignity, privacy, safety, and health. Finally, practice standards help ensure that all clients are treated equitably and that service quality is paramount.

What is accreditation good for potential employees or clients?

The Behavioral Health Center of Excellence distinction proves that the Child Development Center is not merely striving but actually successfully implementing best clinical and administrative practices in the provision of applied behavior analysis. What’s more, because monitoring and evaluation are ongoing by an independent third party in order to maintain accreditation, the standard will not slip and the quality of services will continue to improve. This means that employees are protected, well-trained, and supported to do their best work. It also means that clients are protected, well-treated, and supported to reach their best outcomes.