For any accrediting body, the accreditation review is a core service. It is doubly important for CAPRSS: As CAPRSS begins granting accreditation, the review provides a sense of the individual applicants and allows data gathering that will give a clearer picture of the field. Accreditation review is at the center of an iterative learning process that will lead to the development of ever-more accurate standards and indicators; improved self-review by programs; and a deeper understanding of the capacities needed to provide effective peer supports for recovery.
The CAPRSS accreditation review consists of self review, peer review and committee review. Combined, these help to ensure that accredited organizations will have institutional integrity (clear purposes, high levels of integrity, fiscal stability, systems to fulfill its purposes), PRSS effectiveness (clear and appropriate objectives & design, process of review, collection and use of data that ensure environment for recovery), and sufficient capacity to sustain quality over time.