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Sacramento County Youth Detention Facility Named Finalist for the 2018 PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Award

Performance-based Standards (PbS) is very pleased to announce Sacramento County Youth Detention Facility (SCYDF) in Sacramento, CA as one of the finalists for the 2018 PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Award in the detention category. SCYDF was selected as a finalist for their coordinated and thoughtful approach to reducing the use of force and injuries.

The facility leadership team, in partnership with line staff, established a cutting-edge culture reinforcement program based on Probation’s mission statement, Supporting Positive Change, through the successful implementation of the Culture Card and Behavior Motivation System (BMS). The Culture Card is used to guide and create a path that promotes growth within the facility by empowering the staff to cultivate a safe and positive environment through teamwork and communication. The BMS is a strength-based system, which rewards positive behavior and allows youth to earn rather than lose points.

Additionally, SCYDF management established a team that meets monthly to discuss the Early Warning System (EWS) data and discuss how improvements can be made to increase the safety of staff and the youth in the facility. The PbS reports and EWS data drives decisions to implement several robust programs to address and improve PbS and internal outcome measures. Each resulting program is uniquely designed to help educate, stimulate, and expand young minds and encourage them to make better decisions in the future by resolving issues in a positive and productive manner. These programs additionally assist youth to promote healthy relationships with each other and staff within the facility; thus, creating a safer and healthier environment for both staff and youth.

The team has seen their efforts and commitment to support positive change make an impact already and is hopeful to see long term sustainability through the significant improvements made over the years.

The PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Award was established in 2007 to honor Barbara Allen-Hagen and her retirement from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). Her dedication to improving the quality of life in facilities for young offenders has helped drive PbS to its current success. The award is given to a correction, detention/assessment and community program who best exemplify PbS’ commitment to treating all youths in custody as one of our own by developing and implementing strategic plans to change practices that results in positive outcomes for youths, staff and families.

Winners of the award will be announced the night of the ceremony on Aug. 3, 2018. Stay tuned for more blogs about the 2018 finalists.

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This article was originally published on the CJCA blog.

Monday, July 23, 2018 at 4:43 PM