November 30, 2022

ARLINGTON, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Aug. November 2022–

Governing Board, a national leader in sexual abuse risk management and prevention against vulnerable populations, proudly announced today that Merakey, a leading provider of developmental behavioral health and education, has received Governing Board accreditation, demonstrating its commitment, the highest Meet and exceed industry standards regarding abuse prevention. Merakey’s accreditation achievements illustrate the importance of having an engaged “voice at the top” of leaders and collaborative champions across the organization to achieve enterprise-wide improvements in abuse risk management.

To achieve accreditation, Merakey underwent a rigorous process of implementing the Bureau’s Accreditation Standards, which focused on eight primary operational areas within its organization: Policies, Screening and Selection, Training, Monitoring and Monitoring, Consumer Involvement, Internal Feedback Systems, Responses, and Administrative Practices . The executive committee then confirmed the successful implementation of these standards by Merakey. Merakey is accredited for three years, during which time it is committed to upholding core organizational values ​​and strict safety practices that demonstrate their commitment to protecting those in their care from abuse.

In addition to achieving Governing Board accreditation, six members of Merakey’s leadership team became Certified Governing Board Guardians. These organizational leaders supported the organizational changes required to achieve accreditation and will continue to serve as in-house abuse prevention experts to maintain Merakey’s safety culture.

Key members driving this initiative include:

  • Ted Dallas, President and Chief Operating Officer
  • Jennifer Kane, Chief Compliance Officer
  • Julie Smith, Director of Project Management Office, and her team members: Samantha Dayton and Corinne Pisauro

The six certified praesidium guards include:

  • Brandon Fisher, Chief Strategy Officer
  • Jill Weitz, General Counsel
  • Suzanne Campbell, Vice President of Administration, Adult Behavioral Health Services
  • Sherri Portnoy, Vice President, Administrative and Professional Services, IDD Services
  • Alexandra Markey, Vice President of Operations, Children and Family Services
  • Cynthia Hennessy, Executive Director of IDD Quality and Specialized Services

“From the start it was clear how committed this organization was to making sure they were doing everything they could to create and maintain a culture of safety. This achievement demonstrates that protecting customers is a top priority and fully integrated into the delivery of their services,” said Aaron Lundberg, MSW, President and CEO of Praesidium. “Merakey’s accreditation performance also demonstrates to various stakeholders, including clients and their families, funders, peer organizations and more, how an organization can differentiate itself as a leader in human services by going beyond compliance mandates and committing fully Committed to best practices protecting people.”

Merakey operates in twelve states, with more than 660 program and service locations and more than 9,000 employees serving more than 40,000 individuals and families each year. Merakey has developed a unique continuum of care services in the areas of mental and behavioral health, substance use disorders, education, foster and permanent care, autism, intellectual and developmental disabilities, physical disabilities, older adult services and community-based services.

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About the Bureau

The Bureau specializes in preventing sexual abuse in organizations that serve youth and vulnerable adults. Over a period of more than 30 years, the company has reviewed over 4,000 cases of intra-organizational abuse to determine the root causes of sexual abuse within organizations. The Bureau employs more than 50 staff including licensed social workers, attorneys, health researchers and other professionals. The company has served over 5,000 customers with a wide range of products and services to help organizations prevent abuse, including online and instructor-led training, organizational risk assessments, model policies and background checks. Having trained more than a million people online and hundreds of thousands in person, Praesidium is the largest and most comprehensive sexual abuse risk management company in the world.

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PUBLICATION: 2022-11-08 1:27 PM / DISC: 2022-11-08 1:27 PM

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