Nexus - Tanya Oldenkamp

Administrative Assistant Tanya Oldenkamp displaying the COA accreditation in the MLA lobby.


Mille Lacs Academy, a member of the Nexus family, has achieved national accreditation through the New York-based Council on Accreditation (COA) for the sixth consecutive time. Mille Lacs Academy provides residential treatment to children and families throughout Minnesota and the surrounding states.

Organizations pursue accreditation to demonstrate the implementation of best practice standards in the field of human services. COA accreditation is an objective, independent, and reliable validation of an agency’s performance. Accreditation lasts for four years; at the end of an organization’s fourth year as an accredited body, it can undergo the process for re-accreditation. As part of the re-accreditation process, COA evaluated all aspects of Nexus – Mille Lacs Academy’s programs, services, management, and administration.

This process involves a detailed review and analysis of an organization’s administration, management, and service delivery functions against international standards of best practice. The standards driven accreditation ensure that services are well-coordinated, culturally competent, evidence-based, outcomes-oriented, and provided by a skilled and supported workforce. COA accreditation demonstrates accountability in the management of resources, sets standardized best practice thresholds for service and administration, and increases organizational capacity and accountability by creating a framework for ongoing quality improvement.

Based on their findings, COA’s Accreditation Commission voted that Nexus – Mille Lacs Academy had successfully met the criteria for accreditation.

Nexus and its affiliates (Minnesota: Gerard Academy, Kindred Family Focus, Mille Lacs Academy, Nexus Glen Lake; Illinois: Indian Oaks Academy, Onarga Academy; Maryland: Woodbourne Center; North Dakota and Idaho: PATH) provide emotional, behavioral, and mental health care to children and families needing a higher level of care. Woodbourne Center in Maryland is accredited by the Joint Commission. For more information, visit:

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