FOCUS Accreditation announces four-year accreditation for Community Living Essex County


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Community Living Essex County, an agency that assists over 650 children and adults with intellectual disabilities and their families including many in Amherstburg, has achieved a goal the agency has spent the last number of months pursuing.

FOCUS Accreditation announced last Wednesday that Community Living Essex County has been successful in its bid to be accredited by FOCUS Accreditation for four years.

FOCUS Accreditation looked at all aspects of how an organization provides services – from how people are supported to the effectiveness of the operations. FOCUS Accreditation sent a team of four people to review Community Living Essex County’s services on-site, for three days. The team observed how services were provided, reviewed data, and collected input from various people who have a stake in the services being provided.

Many strengths were identified at Community Living Essex County, including strong leadership, culture of continuous learning and improvement, flexible person-centered services and highly regarded community partner

“FOCUS congratulates Community Living Essex County on their successful accreditation. Community Living Essex County clearly demonstrated that it is an organization committed to fulfilling its mission – to support people to achieve their goals and realize their value as full citizens in their community,” said Janeen Halliwell, executive director of FOCUS Accreditation. “People from within and external to the organization attributed much of the organization’s success to effective leadership and management, and caring and capable staff. This organization has a history of setting the bar high, and in meeting most of FOCUS’ standards, Community Living Essex County cleared the bar and then some.”

Community Living Essex County director of operations Karen Charette said the accreditation sends a message to the public.
“Accreditation is a way to express to people who know very little about Community Living Essex County, that as an organization we are committed to excellence,” she said. “The decision to participate in a thorough review of our services and operations and the exceptional result provides assurance and proof to everyone that we are committed to providing the very best services and supports to people with an intellectual disability in Essex County. As an organization, from our entire staff, to our volunteers, members and those we support, we are very proud of this accomplishment.”

Since 1961 Community Living Essex County, a not-for-profit charitable organization has been committed to assisting people of all ages who have an intellectual disability and their families throughout Essex County.  We are committed to support people in achieving their goals and dreams and to realize their value as full citizens in their community.

Over 600 employees and many dedicated volunteers join together at Community Living Essex County to ensure that quality supports and opportunities are provided to people with intellectual disabilities in Essex County.

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