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Reaccredited by the Council on Accreditation

August 31, 2010

COA GifPress Release

Posted August 25, 2010


Gilroy, CA/New York NY – The Council on Accreditation (COA), headquartered in New York City, is delighted to announce that Rebekah Children's Services of Gilroy, California, has been reaccredited. COA’s commitment to maintaining the highest level of standards and quality improvement identifies  providers that have set high performance standards for themselves and have made a commitment to constituents to deliver the highest quality services.  COA is proud to recognize Rebekah Children's Services as one of these outstanding providers.

“COA reaccreditation validates the good work RCS provides our communities’ children and families,” said Mary Kaye Gerski, RCS Executive Director. RCS was the first provider in Santa Clara County to earn COA recognition and is one of two now accredited by the international organization.

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COA accreditation is an objective and reliable verification that provides confidence and support to an organization’s service recipients, board members, staff and community partners. It involves a detailed review and analysis of administrative operations and service delivery practices—all measured against national standards that emphasize services must be accessible, appropriate, culturally responsive, evidence based, outcomes-oriented, respectful and provided by a skilled and supported workforce. 

RCS has served its communities most vulnerable children and families since 1897, when it opened as an orphanage. Today, RCS provides a full continuum of mental health and behavior related services. They include residential treatment, outreach and prevention and education programs for children/families—approximately 3000 Gilroy schoolchildren annually.

Founded in 1977, COA is an independent not-for-profit international accreditor of the full continuum of community-based behavioral health care and human service organizations. Today, over 1800 organizations—public and private—are either COA accredited or are in the process of seeking accreditation.  These organizations serve over 7 million of our most vulnerable individuals each year.

The mission of Rebekah Children’s Services is to promote the social, emotional, and physical well being of children and families. For more information, view the website at www.rcskids.org.

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Strasburg Children Partners with Rebekah Children's Services To Raise School Supplies

July 28, 2010

Posted 7/27/2010

Strasburg Children and Rebekah Children's Services thank you in advance for considering the needs of all the little ones as the new school year approaches. During the weekend of August 6th, 7th and 8th school supplies can be turned in to Strasburg Children located in the Gilroy Premium Outlets.

Your donation of school supplies will benefit local children and families. In return for your generosity, Strasburg Children will thank  you with a discount off your entire purchase.

Items in high demand are crayons, safety scissors, glue, pencil pouches, erasers, paper, pencils, pens, and school backpacks.


Gilroy Premium Outlets
8300 Arroyo Circle
Ste. B160
Gilroy, CA 95020

Scott Olson Invited To Speak At The 10th Annual Behavioral Health Information Management Conference

April 27, 2010

Posted 4/27/2010

scott olsonScott Olson, Information Technology Manager for Rebekah Children's Services, was invited to present at the 10th Annual Behavioral Health Information Management Conference & Exposition that recently took place in Hollywood, California.

This conference is hosted by the California Institute of Mental Health (CiMH). The vision of CiMH is that California will be the national leader in the provision of mental health services and support systems that successfully advance hope, wellness, resiliency, recovery and full community integration for all adults, children and families across their life spans.

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CiMH envisions a future in which consumer and family choice, clinician expertise and empirical and practice-based evidence drive services to assure quality care leading to positive outcomes.

Scott's expertise managing the Electronic Health Record (EHR) system implemented by Rebekah Children's Services provides the backbone for quality assurance, documentation and significantly mitigates risk.

One of the benefits of EHR systems is the variety of functions to help streamline quality assurance processes, most notably documentation compliance, and mitigate several types of risks. As a selected presenter, Scott helped present how they use EHR functions to successfully support quality assurance processes so that document compliance is increased and risk of disallowance is minimized. 

Focus points included best practices around alerts, error checks, filters and reports of practices/functions that help clinicians meet deadlines and adhere to critical requirements. In addition, EHR prevents the billing of potentially disallowable services due to common data entry errors.