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