The Columbus Organization Receives Behavioral Health Center of Excellence Accreditation

Nashville, TN -The Behavioral Health Center of Excellence (BHCOE) has recognized The Columbus Organization with a 1-Year BHCOE Accreditation. The accreditation decision recognizes behavioral health providers that excel in the areas of clinical quality, staff satisfaction and qualifications, and consumer satisfaction. BHCOE Accredited providers voluntarily engage in 3rd party review to exhibit compliance with best practices in behavior analysis. Best practice is measured via a wide-ranging audit, including interviews with agency clinical leadership, a detailed staff qualification review, staff satisfaction survey, consumer satisfaction survey, and turnover analysis.

“The Columbus Organization is dedicated to high-quality, comprehensive, and individualized services for each client. Their team works diligently to offer excellent programming and to elevate clinical quality in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA),” said Sara Gershfeld Litvak, Founder of BHCOE. “We are excited to congratulate Dr. Melissa Richards and her team on creating a program that is an indispensable resource to the Tennessee area and beyond.

BHCOE Accreditation is the only Applied Behavior Analysis-specific accreditation. It provides feedback regarding clinical best practices, staff satisfaction and turnover, and consumer protection. Acting as a third-party, the organization systematically measures and reports on existing quality criteria in the behavior analysis community using standardized methods and practices, and accredits only those service agencies that meet these standards.

“At The Columbus Organization, our mission is to make a difference in the lives of people with special needs through individualized assessment and planning for every person,” said Dr. Melissa Richards, Ph.D., LBA, BCBA-D, “We are honored to receive this BHCOE Accreditation which reflects our values, thankful to our dedicated staff, and excited to continue to help our clients make meaningful progress utilizing Applied Behavior Analysis.”

About Behavioral Health Center of Excellence (BHCOE)
The Behavioral Health Center of Excellence is a trusted source that recognizes top-performing behavioral health providers. BHCOE offers a third-party measurement system that differentiates top services providers from exceptional service providers. The BHCOE criterion features standards that subject-matter experts developed to measure state-of-the-art behavioral health services. For more information, visit

About The Columbus Organization
The Columbus Organization was formed in 1984 with the guiding principle to provide high-quality services in a manner that maintains the dignity and privacy for the consumers and families served. Columbus is a nationally recognized leader in providing high-quality case management and behavioral services. Columbus Licensed Behavior Analysts have been providing ABA services to Tennessee community members for over 10 years. Our behavior analysts have Masters or Doctorate degrees, and are Board Certified Behavior Analysts (or are working towards certification). We have provided ABA services to people of all ages, who have a variety of diagnoses and behavioral issues.

Our focus is on using environmental modification and positive reinforcement to teach the people we support better ways of having their needs and desires met. We strive to help the people we support to improve their quality of life and meet their short and long-term goals. For more information, please contact Dr. Melissa Richards at

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