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PbS Announces Winners of the 2014 Barbara Allen-Hagen Award

Oct. 3, 2014

For Immediate Release:

Braintree, MA: The PbS Learning Institute is proud to announce the winners of the 2014 PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Award, honored Thursday night at a ceremony in Chicago. The award recognizes facilities for young offenders that best exemplify the core principal of the Performance-based Standards (PbS) program: treat all youths in custody as one of our own. Three winners were selected representing three different types of residential facilities: correction, detention and community-based.

“The winning facilities show how successful and sustainable juvenile justice reforms combine leadership, commitment, creativity and resources,” said PbS Learning Institute Executive Director Kim Godfrey. “The winners addressed difficult culture changes: reducing isolation, integrating families into youths’ rehabilitation and creating a team approach to discipline to eliminate youths’ sense of unfairness and build positive staff-youth relationships. All succeeded. They are inspirations for all of us.”

The 2014 PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Award winners are:

Worcester Secure Treatment, Westborough, MA Worcester Secure Treatment was selected as the correction facility winner for building strong ties with families. According to Assistant Program Director Patrick Smith: “PbS has been a tool for the team at Worcester Secure Treatment to continually evaluate our daily work environment and assess how we can collaboratively use our resources to continue building the most safe and effective work environment for our residents and staff.”

Youth Opportunity Center, Muncie, IN Youth Opportunity Center was selected as the detention center winner for shifting its behavior management philosophy to incentivize youths and reward positive behavior and significantly decreasing the use of isolation. Director of Detention Services David Dickerson explained, “PbS challenged us to raise our standards of care… The atmosphere in the facility has improved tremendously with more positive interactions between youth and staff.”

Ruth Meiers Adolescent Treatment Center, Grand Forks, ND Ruth Meiers Adolescent Treatment Center was selected as the community-based program winner for improving youths’ perceptions of staff fairness and creating an environment of caring and positive change. Program Director Bryon Novotny said, “The role of [PbS] has been dramatic. It provided our program a systematic way to assess a number of important program areas.”

PbS is a data-driven improvement model used in 32 states to ensure the highest quality of life for young offenders in residential facilities. PbS gives agencies the tools to gather data and analyze the results to make improvements in facilities. The program was launched by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) in 1995 and is operated by the PbS Learning Institute (PbS Li).

Friday, October 3, 2014 at 8:13 AM