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Monarch earns international CQL Accreditation in Person-centered Excellence

cql-accred color-webMonarch has earned the Accreditation in Person-centered Excellence from The Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL). This distinction validates that Monarch has met the standards and shares CQL’s vision for person-directed solutions to improve the quality of life for people receiving supports and services.

“The process of accreditation by CQL was an intensive one for Monarch, but it has been well worth the effort. This is an opportunity to closely examine our organization through the eyes of the people we support, families, community members, staff and others to learn where we can improve so we successfully continue to provide exceptional support to people,” explained Monarch’s Chief Executive Officer Peggy Terhune, Ph.D. “Continuous improvement is our goal, and we find the accreditation process to be one where we celebrate what we have accomplished, learn where we can improve, and focus on specific measurable goals going forward.” 

According to CQL officials, its Person-centered Excellence Accreditation promotes and facilitates excellence in person-centered services and supports that lead to increased quality of life. Monarch’s recent accreditation confirms the nonprofit organization’s commitment for enhancing the support and services it provides for people.

“CQL commends Monarch for its success in increasing the quality of life for the people it supports,” stated James F. Gardner, Ph.D., President and CEO of CQL. “We are pleased to partner with them on this journey.”

The accreditation is about continuous improvement in the eight factors and 34 indicators identified in "What Really Matters: A Guide to Person-centered Excellence®” and personal quality of life as measured by the Personal Outcome Measures®. To read more go to

Caroline Fisher, director of quality management (QM) at Monarch, said the daily work of asking, listening, and responding to people led CQL staff to highly compliment Monarch and its employees.

“Receiving a full four-year reaccreditation is an amazing success, and is the direct result of the work that everyone has done since CQL was introduced in 2008,” she said. “The best quote of the review had to be when one of the reviewers looked at me and said, "Here at Monarch, you do not just meet the CQL standards you live them!"” Caroline also extended a huge and heartfelt “thank you” to the QM unit for all of the 'behind the scenes' work they did to prepare for the five weeks of review.

“We are very proud to be among the select group of providers internationally that have had every aspect of our operations reviewed by the CQL team to ensure that we continue to provide exceptional supports for people while being a community partner and a very valuable resource for our community and our industry,” Terhune said,


About Us
Monarch provides support statewide to thousands of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental illness and substance abuse challenges in more than 55 North Carolina counties. Monarch is nationally accredited by The Council on Quality and Leadership and is CABHA certified. The agency is an affiliate chapter of The Arc of North Carolina and The Arc of the United States. To learn how Monarch is “Helping Dreams Take Flight” for people in our communities, call (800) 230-7525 or visit

About CQL
For more than 40 years CQL has been a leader in working with human service organizations and systems to continuously define, measure and improve the quality of life of all people. Services that are person-centered. Support to each person to live his or her own life - to plan, to contribute, to participate, to choose; and to be respected and valued is what really matters, according to CQL principles. CQL offers consultation, accreditation, training and certification services to organizations and systems that share our vision of dignity, opportunity and community for all people.

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