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Luther Hall Named Finalist for the 2019 Barbara Allen-Hagen Award

Performance-based Standards (PbS) is very pleased to announce Luther Hall in Fargo, ND as one of the finalists for the 2019 PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Award in the community residential category. Luther Hall was selected for their improvement plan focused on the following hypothesis: “If the kids feel safe, understand the program rules and feel the staff are fair, then all other aspects of our program will be positively impacted.” These practices were identified in research conducted using PbS data that showed levels of safety are impacted by youths understanding the program rules and feeling staff are fair and helpful.

In meeting their goal, the team has focused on individualizing specific treatment plans for all youths. Luther Hall has also partnered with various community supports such as the Fargo Police Department, Youth Works, hospital emergency rooms and inpatient programs. The community partners see Luther Hall as the best place for youths to receive help so they work together to ensure each youth completes treatment without disruption. The team credits the fact that they have had zero unsuccessful and unplanned discharges in the last 17 months to these efforts.

The culture at Luther Hall has a strong focus on the team. Their motto is to never get complacent. As described by staff, the team uses their improvement plan and collected data to evolve and become stronger – in a constant state of assessment, decision-making and further assessment.

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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Luther Hall team

Monday, July 29, 2019 at 4:49 PM