Become an ACPA/CPF Approved Team

By Hillary Roberts posted 04-17-2017 09:51 AM

We want your team to become an ACPA/CPF Approved Team! The Commission on Approval of Teams (CAT) is now accepting applications from all teams seeking approval and from Region III teams who would like to continue to be listed as Approved Teams. Applications are due July 1, 2017. Teams are approved for up to five years.  Keep in mind that if you are not in Region III and your team is approved this year, you will be required to reapply when your region is up for review - which will be in fewer than 5 years.  Region IV will be up for review in 2018, Region V in 2019, Region I in 2020, and Region II in 2021.

ACPA’s mission is to optimize team care for patients, and the Team Approval process plays a major part in ensuring the mission is becoming a reality. Cleft and craniofacial teams from around the country can apply to be recognized as an Approved Team. This distinction is for teams who prove that they meet the Standards for Cleft and Craniofacial Teams - standards that identify essential characteristics of quality for team composition and functioning.

The process helps teams ensure that they are able to meet all of the needs of their patients. Approved Teams the United States and Canada are listed on the Cleft Palate Foundation (CPF) website and are the only teams CPF recommends when working with patients and families.

The team approval process is managed by the Commission on Approval of Teams (CAT). The approval process ensures that care is provided in a coordinated and consistent manner, follows the proper sequence, and takes place within the framework of the patient’s overall developmental, medical, and psychological needs.

Although CAT does not approve teams internationally, the website also lists teams from around the world as a resource for patients and families. Find out about international treatment programs providing cleft care to different regions of the world. Please visit the website for more information, including the application and a link to sign up for the May 5th informational webinar.