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The True Heroes are the Direct Care Staff

Staff at Massachusetts DYS has adjusted to new policies around family visitation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

2020 PbS Awards Celebrated Virtually

Performance-based Standards (PbS) hosted a virtual presentation on Friday, August 7 to celebrate the 2020 PbS award winners and finalists. The presentation connected nearly 100 people from all over the country and was led by PbS Executive Director Kim Godfrey.

Announcing the 2020 Employment Matching Award Recipients

2020 marks the fourth year of the Performance-based Standards (PbS) Employment Matching Award and with the support of the PbS Education and Employment Foundation we were able to celebrate by awarding more money. This application period was a little different: In addition to youths facing the realities of reentering the community without enough resources, the COVID-19 pandemic meant fewer employment opportunities were available to many youths. Thank you to all the youths and facility staff who submitted applications.

Quarantining Doesn’t Mean Isolation

Staff and youths at Alaska DJJ facilities have tried to find the upside to new procedures and ways of doing things during the COVID-19 pandemic.

2020 Scholarship Award Recipients

Performance-based Standards (PbS) is pleased to announce the four outstanding applicants selected to receive the 2020 PbS Scholarship Awards.
The PbS Scholarship Fund was established in 2016 and as of 2020 PbS has given out a total of $30,000 in Scholarship awards.
The winners are selected based on application essays that describe how the scholarship will be used to further their education and “pay it forward.”

Creating the Next Normal at the PbS Agency Coordinators Training

Attended by over 100 juvenile justice professionals from across the country, the Performance-based Standards (PbS) annual Agency Coordinators Training was held virtually for the first time since it started in 2006. The two-day training began on Thursday, August 6 with PbS Executive Director Kim Godfrey Lovett introducing guest speaker Elizabeth Cauffman, University of Californ ...

2020 PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Award Winner Spotlight: Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center

Performance-based Standards (PbS) is very pleased to announce Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center (FPJDC) in Covington, LA, as the winner of the 2020 PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Award in the detention category. FPJDC was selected as a winner for their impressive plan to reduce the use of restraints. Inspired by the PbS process and community, FPJDC has been committed to lear ...

2020 PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Award Winner Spotlight: McLaughlin Youth Center

Performance-based Standards (PbS) is very pleased to announce McLaughlin Youth Center (MYC) in Anchorage, AK as the winner of the 2020 PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Award in the correction category. MYC was selected as a winner for their comprehensive plan to reduce fear for safety. Following multiple data collections with PbS Staff Climate Survey results showing a high level of fea ...

Staff at Pendleton Juvenile Correctional Facility

Responding to an Outbreak

Staff from Indiana Department of Corrections credit frequent communication as a key factor when reacting to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Congratulations to the Winners of the 2020 PbS Kids Got Talent Contest

Performance-based Standards (PbS) is proud to announce the winners of the 2020 PbS Kids Got Talent Contest! Our solo winner is from Rogue Valley Youth Correctional Facility in Grants Pass, OR! The singer accompanied by the RVYCF Youth Ukulele Band sent in an emotional cover of “Photograph” by Ed Sheeran playing homage to those that have to leave their families behind. Our jud ...

PbS has been a partner in assisting this facility to become a dynamic work environment that is not satisfied with maintaining the status quo.