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Stevenson House Named Finalist for the 2019 Barbara Allen-Hagen Award

Performance-based Standards (PbS) is very pleased to announce Stevenson House Detention Center (SHDC) in Milford, DE as one of the finalists for the 2019 PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Award in the detention category. SHDC was selected for their strategic approach to reducing confinement by modifying their behavior management system.

The team at SHDC made the reduction of isolation a daily focus at the facility. In 2017, they made the decision to discontinue the practice of using the RSA unit, a unit where youths served sanctions for disruptive behavior during the day, and reutilize it as an incentive-based unit.

SHDC staff met with youths on the highest levels and set parameters around the use of the unit and the means to earn time on it. It has been a positive shift in the facility culture and changed the view of behavior in the facility. Staff now work with youth exhibiting behavior problems on their own housing units in hopes to return them to daily programming as quickly as possible. Staff have been trained in life skills in order to provide solid programming for youth. There is a structured group focused on life skills three days a week and there are options for group two days a week.

Approaching the issue holistically, the PbS team at SHDC also focused on staff morale throughout the building because they believe the good work starts with solid staff. They implemented a monthly Staff Appreciation Day, popcorn on Wednesdays and various pot luck celebrations throughout the year. Staff have responded well to the changes and the benefits have been clear.

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. 2, 2019. Stay tuned for more blogs about the 2019 finalists.

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Incentive unit

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PbS Team at Stevenson House

Monday, July 22, 2019 at 5:12 PM