Organizations interested in the model must complete a readiness tool before affiliating with the Family Spirit national office to deliver the model. Interested organizations must provide information about their existing program, staffing, enrollment, evaluation processes, fidelity measurement and tools, and sustainability. Then, the Family Spirit team at the Johns Hopkins University Center for American Indian Health reviews the interested organization’s readiness tool, assesses the organization’s readiness and capacity to implement the model, and determines whether the model fits the organization’s needs. The Family Spirit team discusses the organization’s readiness during an introductory meeting with the organization. If the Family Spirit team determines that there are gaps in the organization’s capacity, the team provides guidance on how to address the gaps.
Certification is required; however, the model’s certification process occurs at the staff level, as opposed to the organizational or agency level (described under Pre-Service Staff Training).