Lexington, a chapter of The Arc New York, is the first agency of its kind in New York state to earn the Council on Quality and Leadership’s (CQL’s) Person-centered Excellence Accreditation with Distinction.
This four-year accreditation term recognizes Lexington’s excellent operational management and strategic plans for the future.
Each of Lexington’s programs, including Transitions, have also been awarded with this recognition by association. Transitions is a state-of-the-art apprenticeship that helps young men and women with autism spectrum disorders and other learning differences as they prepare for a career by providing academic, social, medical and/or emotional support.
“I am honored to see Lexington among the ranks of the best agencies in the world with this distinction. Our agency owes its excellent scores in the accreditation process to the continued and dedicated efforts of our 1,700 employees who work hard every day to help people lead happy, healthy and fulfilling lives,” said Lexington Executive Director Shaloni Winston. “I want to personally thank the Council on Quality and Leadership for this honor and for recognizing our employees in this way.”
This is the second time in recent months Lexington and its affiliates have received national recognition. In February, Andrew Carpenter, an apprentice in Lexington’s Transitions program, received the internal Yes, I Can Award from the Council for Exceptional Children for his progress in the Transitions program.
The CQL accreditation for Lexington ensures that recipient organizations continually improve the quality of life for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental health diagnoses, older adults, children, and youth. They execute a detailed, rigorous review process, ensuring that the operations of recipient organizations meet a certain level of standard.
“I congratulate the staff of Lexington and affiliated parties for your award of CQL Accreditation in Person-centered Excellence with Distinction,” said Mary Kay Rizzolo, President and Chief Executive Officer of CQL. “Your participation in our international accreditation program demonstrates your commitment to excellence in person-centered services and supports that lead to increased quality of life.”
Lexington received a four-year CQL Person-Centered Excellence Accreditation in 2013. This year’s upgraded accreditation represents measurable growth and progress in the agency’s continuing mission to be the best possible provider to individuals with disabilities and their families, employer to their staff, and contributor to their community.
“The accreditation with distinction is not the end of the road for Lexington, though it is the highest accreditation an organization can receive,” Winston said. “Our team at Lexington is committed to an ongoing process of self-improvement for Lexington, and when the CQL team returns in four years to review our processes again, we are confident they will discover further improvement and innovation.”