DARTS earns higher ac­cred­i­ta­tion, be­gins chil­dren’s ser­vices pilot pro­gram

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The Drumheller and Re­gion Tran­si­tion So­ci­ety (DARTS) has been rec­og­nized for ex­cep­tional ser­vice to the com­mu­nity af­ter be­ing ac­cred­ited as a level two ser­vice provider for peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties, while also earn­ing new ac­cred­i­ta­tion to pro­vide ser­vices to chil­dren and those with com­plex needs.

The level two ac­cred­i­ta­tion ac­knowl­edges that DARTS pro­vides a higher level of qual­ity of ser­vice, with the or­ga­ni­za­tion pre­vi­ously earn­ing level one ac­cred­i­ta­tion. The pro­mo­tion came af­ter a com­pre­hen­sive the Al­berta Coun­cil of Dis­abil­ity Ser­vices re­viewed their files and in­ter­viewed staff and users. The stan­dards are de­vel­oped by pro­fes­sion­als in con­sul­ta­tion with in­di­vid­u­als with de­vel­op­men­tal dis­abil­i­ties, their fam­i­lies, and staff. The stan­dards are a pub­lic af­fir­ma­tion that the or­ga­ni­za­tion is meet­ing high stan­dards of ser­vice.

“The nutshell is that we want to be rec­og­nized by the field. You can say you pro­vide ex­cel­lent, qual­ity ser­vices but it’s not cer­tain un­til you’re ac­tu­ally tested and proven,” says ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Lorelei Martin. “We don’t do it for the recog­ni­tion but we do it for the con­fir­ma­tion that we are ex­cel­lent in what we do.”

The re­view also ap­proved them to pro­vide chil­dren’s ser­vices and ser­vices to those with com­plex needs, some­thing which DARTS had not been ac­cred­ited for in over a decade. The or­ga­ni­za­tion be­gan a three­month chil­dren’s ser­vices trial, with sup­port from Ac­cred­ited Sup­ports in Olds and Fam­ily Sup­port for Chil­dren with Dis­abil­i­ties, on Au­gust 1 which will be the foun­da­tion for a chil­dren’s ser­vice pro­gram cur­rently in de­vel­op­ment.

“We were hear­ing there were chil­dren and fam­i­lies in Drumheller need­ing ser­vices but who weren’t get­ting them at all for dif­fer­ent rea­sons. There were ser­vices not be­ing met due to the lack of re­sources, whether it was staffing, train­ing, or fund­ing. Fam­i­lies are hop­ing ser­vices can be pro­vided in their homes and lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties so that ser­vices are more ac­ces­si­ble,” Martin says.

Fam­i­lies and in­di­vid­u­als in need of ser­vices in Drumheller can find more in­for­ma­tion by visit­ing the Fam­ily Sup­port for Chil­dren with Dis­abil­i­ties page on the Al­berta Hu­man Ser­vices web­site.

DARTS’ ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Lorelei Martin left, re­ceives their new ac­cred­i­ta­tion cer­tifi­cate from the Al­berta Coun­cil of Dis­abil­ity Ser­vice ac­cred­i­ta­tion com­mi­sion rep­re­sen­ta­tive Pam McGlad­dery.

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