Milford agency receives accreditation for at-risk youth assistance programs

MILFORD – It took over a year, but the Milford Boys & Girls Village-based non-profit agency received accreditation from the Council on Accreditation for its experience and commitment to quality serving children at risk of Connecticut and their families, according to President and CEO Kim Shaunesey.

“As an organization that constantly strives to provide the best service in its class, this accreditation enhances BGV’s learning and organizational knowledge,” said Shaunesey. “This is a critical step in (Boys & Girls Village) ‘s continued position as a leader in the field. “

The accreditation will remain in effect until 2025.

Boys & Girls Village serves 50 Connecticut communities across the state’s eight counties and serves nearly 400 patrons every day. It is one of Connecticut’s leading providers of behavioral, educational, vocational and lifelong planning for at-risk youth and their families, Shaunesey said.

Chief Medical Officer Steven M. Kant said the organization had performed well on the COA accreditation rating, which he said is based on a thorough, objective review based on national practice.

“COA has taken an approach that relies heavily on measures of the real impact of our services so that their review is guided by real results and measures of how we provide care,” Kant said. “This is essential because so much of healthcare is driven by trust – the trust our clients and families place in us, the trust the community and funders place in us, and the trust that (the people) who are sent to us will receive the best care. “

Shaunesey said the agency is committed to providing the highest standards of care to clients.

“This requires a continued pursuit of the implementation of best practice standards,” Shaunesey said. “This re-accreditation reflects that dedication and shows that we are among the best in the country serving at-risk youth and their families. “

Boys & Girls Village has expanded its programs in recent years, recently opening its new life skills and vocational training center on Wheelers Farms Road in Milford. The training center enabled the village to offer training in culinary arts, auto repair and modern manufacturing.

These programs help prepare students for the workforce who might not attend a typical vocational technical high school, as many of these schools lack the capacity to work with students with significant emotional and behavioral needs.

With her re-accreditation, Shaunesey said clients, potential clients and the community at large can have confidence in the quality of services offered at Boys & Girls Village.

“This accreditation by an independent and respected third party recognizes that BGV meets the highest standards of quality service delivery and administrative practices,” said Shaunesey. “In addition, as a non-profit organization, BGV needs to secure funding, and this verification inspires confidence among supporters.”

Kant accepted.

“The results provide support to show the great effort and care our staff provide day in and day out, and this is something we can offer families who are often looking for some hope that things will get better,” a- he declared.

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