The American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association’s (ACPA) Task Force on Team Compliance initiated an approval process for cleft palate/craniofacial treatment teams in 2009. This process includes a review of teams in the United States and Canada in the following essential areas for quality care:
- Team Composition
- Team Management and Responsibilities
- Patient and Family/Caregiver Communication
- Cultural Competence
- Psychological and Social Services
- Outcomes Assessment
To be reviewed, a team is required to complete the Application for Approval of Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Teams. Teams respond to a series of questions and provide evidence of their team operation and procedures. These team applications are reviewed by the Commission on Approval of Teams (CAT), an organization of volunteer professionals who manage the team approval process and facilitate the improvement of team care. The CAT was established by ACPA and the Cleft Palate Foundation (CPF) in November 2008. Teams are listed with ACPA and CPF only after the CAT has reviewed and approved their applications. Teams outside of the U.S. and Canada do not currently go through a review or approval process to be listed with ACPA and CPF.
Cleft palate/craniofacial treatment teams voluntarily apply for the CAT review. If a team does not appear on current listings, it may mean that the team has not applied or that the team does not meet the minimum requirements for listing approval. This listing does not imply endorsement of any team by ACPA, CPF, or the CAT.
Though CPF and ACPA do not guarantee the accuracy of listings, teams have indicated that the information they submit is truthful and correct to the best of their knowledge.
Neither CPF nor ACPA offers any opinion about courses of treatment for individuals. Specific treatment decisions will be determined between the patient and their treatment team.
There are two main types of teams listed:
- The Cleft Palate Team (CPT)
- The Craniofacial Team (CFT)
International listings include three other categories of teams:
- Evaluation and Treatment Review Team (ERT) – a team that provides evaluation services but not clinical care.
- Low Population Density Team (LPD) – a team providing clinical care in low population or rural states/regions.
- Interim Team (I-CPT or I-CFT) – a team providing clinical care that is just starting or in transition.
Any teams that do not currently fit into these categories are termed Geographical Listed Teams (GLT).
Every effort is made by the ACPA to present team information as accurately as possible. Please help us in these efforts by emailing or sending information updates to:
Team Services Department
American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association
1504 East Franklin Street, Suite 102
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Phone: (919) 933-9044
Fax: (919) 933-9604
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