Area 7 is one of 128 accredited organizations across the United States and Canada. The accreditation is effective from November 2010 to October 2015.
Accreditation is a multi-phase process that assesses more than 200 distinct operational components and culminates in a detailed onsite review. It assesses the ability of an I&R program to demonstrate full compliance with the AIRS Standards for Professional information and Referral.
The importance of AIRS Accreditation is endorsed by both national and state entities as a benchmark for all I&R providers.
The process began for Area 7 in April 2009 with the first submission of responses and documentation. It continued through two more submissions and finally the site visit in November this year.
Assistant Director of Aging and Disabled Programs Gloria Wetnight, Health, Wellness and Outreach Coordinator Patty Cannoy, and Information and Assistance Specialist Glenda Parks began the process.
In a press release, the agency said, "Through a lot of hard work to document that we have met, are meeting or have a plan in place to meet all of the requirements, we have shown how committed Area 7 Agency on Aging and Disabled is to providing quality information and assistance to persons of all ages in the Wabash Valley."