The Trevor Project, including The Trevor Lifeline, TrevorChat, and TrevorText has been re-accredited and is continuing to operate within the standards established by the American Association of Suicidology (AAS). AAS has been accrediting crisis intervention programs since 1976 in the United States, Canada and recently internationally. The Trevor Project has been accredited since 2008, and the current reaccreditation cycle certifies us for another 5 years!
The American Association of Suicidology accreditation process strives to recognize exemplary crisis programs, and to help other programs refine their services according to these standards. According to the AAS Organization Accreditation Standards Manual, programs seeking accreditation must offer crisis intervention services either as a primary focus or as a principle component of their service. A good portion of the AAS Accreditation process is modeled on the Program Analysis of Service Systems (PASS) developed by Wolf Wolfensberger. Crisis services are varied in their style of delivery, the community needs which they address, and their overall focus. The AAS Accreditation Standards recognize and applaud this diversity.
AAS accreditation is important because it assures the minimum standards of service for persons in crisis:
- It validates service delivery programs that are performing according to nationally recognized standards
- The examiners offer consultation tailored to the needs of the individual program, its staff and board
- Accredited centers are given access to view crisis centers’ best practices on the AAS website
- It offers increased visibility and credibility, providing opportunities for modeling of program excellence to other organizations and professionals
- It provides additional credibility with funding agencies and opportunities
- It provides access to vital criteria for systematic, ongoing self-evaluation
- People who reach out to an accredited organization (The Trevor Project) are assured that staff has seriously examined their commitment to provide service according to nationally recognized standards
The 2016 site examiner stated that they were impressed with the level of commitment from The Trevor Project Management Team. “It is admirable that the administrative team is focusing on achievable metrics and responsible growth. I also appreciated the understanding the administrative team showed that all work done at The Trevor Project is suicide prevention work, even when the client does not specifically mention suicide. The Trevor Project provides a necessary and vital service to users nationwide. It is efficient, well managed and dedicated to its mission and vision.”
We are honored to be the only nationally accredited suicide lifeline for LGBTQ youth, and look forward to 5 more years of supporting our community. If you or someone you know is feeling suicidal, the Trevor Lifeline is available 24/7 at 866-488-7386. To learn more about how The Trevor Project is creating a brighter future for LGBTQ youth, visit thetrevorproject.org.