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PbS Announces 2020 Barbara Allen-Hagen Award Winners

The PbS Learning Institute (PbS) recognizes winners of the 2020 PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Award for improving conditions of confinement and the quality of life for youths in secure placements. Facilities volunteer to work with PbS and use its continuous improvement model to meet national standards with regularly reported data and development of improvement plans. The winners were selected for best use of the improvement planning process to guide culture changes and practices at the facility. They create safe, nurturing environments for youths and staff and provide skills and opportunities for youths to continue on a path to healthy adolescent development.

Two winners were selected, one correction facility and one detention center.

The 2020 PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Award winners are:

  • Correction: McLaughlin Youth Center, Anchorage, AK
  • Detention: Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center, Covington, LA

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PbS measures and monitors facility practices by collecting and reporting data from administrative records and survey responses from youths, staff and families to provide a holistic picture of the conditions and quality of life in residential facilities, highlights the practices that are effective in promoting youths’ healthy maturation and identifies those that are not. PbS data is reported every April and October.  PbS trains staff to use the information to change practices and support reforms implementing the adolescent development approach.

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