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PbS Awarded 2018 OJJDP Reentry Grant

 

This September, PbS was selected as the recipient of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s (OJJDP) 2018 grant for Improving Juvenile Reentry Programs’ Data Collection, Analysis, and Reporting. The 2018 grant is designed to increase the capacity to collect, analyze and report reentry data as identified by two previous OJJDP projects: The Initiative to Develop Juvenile Reentry Measurement Standards, awarded to PbS, and the Juvenile Justice Model Data Project, awarded to the National Center for Juvenile Justice (NCJJ). Long-time partners PbS and NCJJ have joined together to use both organizations’ expertise and experience to lead the new project to provide training and technical assistance to increase the capacity of state and local agencies and reentry programs to collect, analyze and report reentry data. PbS and NCJJ have assembled a uniquely qualified team of the Council of State Governments (CSG), American Institutes for Research (AIR), American Probation and Parole Association (APPA), Coalition for Juvenile Justice (CJJ) and Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators (CJCA). The project will span three years and the team will complete four objectives:

  1. Develop training opportunities for multiagency, multidisciplinary teams composed of key stakeholders who are involved in the collection, sharing and use of data related to the reentry process at the state and/or local level;
  2. Provide technical assistance at the state and local levels to implement effective strategies for cross-agency collaborations in data-sharing and measuring reentry services and outcomes, including best practices for measuring reoffending;
  3. Develop and widely disseminate documents, tools and other resources in a variety of media to promote the data improvement recommendations; and
  4. Promote ongoing coordination with OJJDP, the National Reentry Resource Center and site teams, including any research and evaluation partners.

PbS will build on its first reentry grant developing national standards to guide agencies and programs as they prepare youths for reentry at two points in the juvenile justice continuum: release from secure commitment facilities and release from supervision. The new capacity-building project will help agencies and reentry programs collect, analyze the new reentry standards and data promoting the adoption of principles of accountability, fairness, family and cross-system collaboration and the implementation of the evidence-based practices for assessment, reentry planning, case management and quality assurance. Implementation of the principles and practices, which are grounded in research, will be measured and assessed by examining youth outcomes in the areas of education and employment, wellbeing and health and community connection and contribution.

The need for this grant emerged from a report by the National Academy of Sciences, which laid out the framework for reentry reform. This framework aims to enable juveniles to make a successful, prosocial transition to adulthood, while holding them accountable for their wrongdoing, treating them fairly and protecting society from further offending. As shown by adolescent developmental research, all youths need opportunities to grow in a variety of ways, including fostering healthy relationships, gaining a sense of self-efficacy, and having gradual independence. PbS’ project seeks to find ways to integrate this research, and adolescent experiences, into juvenile justice.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at 2:37 PM

PbS Convenes Community Residential Standards Review

 

Committed to continuous improvement, the Performance-based Standards (PbS) Learning Institute convened a panel of national experts and practitioners to review the standards for PbS for Community Residential Programs. PbS held the meeting on Sept. 18-19, 2018 in Boston.

Following the success of PbS to improve conditions of confinement and the quality of life in youth correction, detention and assessment centers, PbS for community residential programs was developed and launched in the spring of 2008. Over the past 10 years, the program has helped state, local and private agencies measure and monitor the services provided to juvenile justice youths in residential care in the community. It has been updated and revised slightly over the years as requests were submitted. Last month’s review was two days devoted to going standard-by-standard, considering the changes submitted by PbS participants, the most recent research and also lessons learned from PbS’ project developing reentry measurement standards. The panel’s thoughtful consideration, extensive experience and insightful input resulted in two new areas of goals and standards – Family and Community Connections and Education and Employment – and many helpful revisions that ensure PbS for community residential programs continues to be meaningful to the field. The revised standards will be available to PbS participants for additional comments through the end of the year.

The community standards model – a set of national standards for operations, conditions and quality of life in community residential programs that is continuously measured and monitored with high-quality, comparable data – was developed working with community residential providers, agency leaders and on-the-ground program teams, as well as field testing in several jurisdictions before launching nationally. The model incorporated the lessons learned from PbS’ award-winning model for correction, detention and assessment facilities launched in 1995 by the US Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). PbS community standards address the areas of safety, security, behavior management, programming and education, reentry, family, health and behavioral health and justice and offer on-line data collection and reporting, including automatic data collection using PbS kiosks and/or the application program interface (API). PbS provides a voice for youths, staff and families through surveys that many participants have used to ensure youths have a positive experience (a known contributor to continued delinquency and crime), engage families in treatment and discharge planning and ensure staff feel trained, supported and safe.

Currently programs implementing the model to ensure the youths are achieving the intended outcomes and receiving the expected services are located in seven states: Connecticut, Delaware, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, North Dakota and Rhode Island. Agencies use PbS for community programs largely as part of the contracting process to hold providers accountable for the services and outcomes expected for juvenile justice youths. Providers and program leaders use PbS to monitor and continually improve the services, practices and quality of life in their programs for youths, staff and families. For some examples, watch the PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Award winners’ videos. The programs were selected for best exemplifying PbS’ vision that all youths in custody are treated as one of our own.

For more information, please visit the PbS website.

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Community Residential Standards Review Panel and PbS Staff, from left to right: Patricia Rafferty, PbS; Alan Klein, RFK Children's Action Corps; Kim Godfrey, PbS; Brian O'Neal, PbS; Akin Fadeyi, PbS; Brendan Donahue, PbS; Lisa Bjergaard, North Dakota DJS; Simon Gonsoulin, American Institutes for Research; Samantha Harvell, Urban Institute; Jonah Schennum, PbS; Tom Woods, Annie E. Casey Foundation; Daniele Rose, Massachusetts DYS; Timothy Allen, Massachusetts DYS; Barry Stoodley, PbS

This article was originally published on the CJCA blog.

Monday, October 29, 2018 at 11:26 AM

New York Alternative Facility Emphasizes Rehabilitation For Raise the Age Candidates

 

At Crossroads Juvenile Detention Center in Brooklyn, barbed wire and tall unclimbable fences enclose the housing building, basketball courts and outdoor areas, like in every jail or prison. Detention hardware and security cameras are all over the place, like in every jail or prison.

Yet, says the facility director, Louis L. Watts, Crossroads is anything but a jail or a prison.

“When parents come, they see the outside and they tell me, ‘Oh my god, my son is in jail,’ but when they come inside and see, they say, ‘Wow, I could sleep here!’ They see that here their kids are taken care of,” Watts said.

As part of a campaign to highlight the role of the city Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) in the implementation of raise the age, legislation raising the age of criminal responsibility to 18, city officials gave news media a rare tour of the facility, offering an insight into what New York’s juvenile corrections will look like in the future.

The state will now divert young offenders away from prisons and jails where they’ve been sent for decades and to alternative-to-detention facilities like Crossroads. Youth under 18 will now be processed through Family Court rather than the criminal courts, offering them a better chance to turn their life around.

“Juveniles should be treated as juveniles. Young people should be treated as young people,” said David Hansell, ACS commissioner, during the tour of the center. "We in New York are on the cusp of one of the most far-reaching and progressive reforms in juvenile justice in decades and that’s raise the age.”

This article was originally published on Juvenile Justice Information Exchange.

Thursday, October 25, 2018 at 10:49 AM

The Color of Youth Transferred to the Adult Criminal Justice System: Policy & Practice Recommendations

 

The Campaign for Youth Justice and the National Association of Social Workers have published a new brief examining the role of race in juvenile justice rates.

Juvenile arrest rates have fallen sharply in recent years, but black youth are disproportionately represented in adult court at some of the highest percentages in 30 years, according to a joint report from the Campaign for Youth Justice (CFYJ) and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).

The new report, “The Color of Youth Transferred to the Adult Criminal Justice System: Policy & Practice Recommendations”, discusses how this egregious practice, which is rooted in our nation’s past and ongoing racism, has had a devastating impact on black youth and the black community. Black children sent to adult jails and prisons are more likely to die by suicide, suffer from mental illness, and recidivate when they return to the community.

The brief outlines how black youth end up at the front door of adult courts through three state case studies of Oregon, Florida, and Missouri. We dive into the historical context of racial terror inflicted on black communities that has shaped the foundation of systemic policies, practices, and procedures that compound disproportionality.

Monday, September 24, 2018 at 5:46 PM

PbS Agency Coordinators Dare Greatly at Annual Training

 

Fifty juvenile justice leaders from 32 states convened earlier this month for the Performance-based Standards (PbS) annual Agency Coordinators Training in Minneapolis. This year’s theme was Daring Greatly, to recognize the coordinators and leaders who continually rise to the challenges that face their agencies and to provide a network and resources to help them along the way.

Executive Director Kim Godfrey kicked off the welcome reception with a round of introductions and thanks to all for coming together. The reception continued with poster presentations prepared by staff around various aspects of PbS to create an open dialogue with circulating attendees. Program Manager Brendan Donahue, Project Coordinator Patricia Rafferty, .Net Web Developer Loura Coons and Program Assistant Jonah Schennum presented on topics including PbS’ continuous feedback process, publications, new technology and recent data.

To kick off the first full day, guest speaker Joseph Dominick, Executive Director of Florida Parishes Juvenile Justice District in Louisiana, led a plenary session entitled, “Challenges and Achievements of Staff Motivation and Retention.” He engaged the crowd with real examples of how he and his team recruit staff and persistently strive keep motivation and retention high.

Following the opening plenary, attendees split into breakout groups to focus on identifying regional challenges and achievements. Within the Midwest, Northeast, South and West regions, participants addressed challenges facing their own agencies and worked together as a group to determine creative strategies to overcome the noted issues. Mr. Dominick moderated the report-out session to provide additional insight on some of the presented challenges and strategies.

Kim Godfrey and PbS staff followed the lunch break with the annual State of PbS Report, to share important project updates about various initiatives and to show off some new survey and website technologies before they are announced to the field. Attendees then split into pairs for a partner activity focused on continuing the discussions from the morning sessions with someone new for an additional perspective.

The afternoon continued with a motivational panel of agency coordinators including Judy Davis of IL, Jack Fitzgerald of CT, Joe Marchetti of AK and Velvet McGowan of SC. Each presented on their areas of expertise, including charity events with staff, PREA, quality assurance and crisis management.

As the Agency Coordinators Training wrapped up for the day, everyone was looking forward to the CJCA and PbS Awards Night, a night of inspiration and appreciation for all these dedicated leaders that dare greatly.

The final morning of the training commenced with PbS Implementation Director and Coach Akin Fadeyi leading the regional groups into another breakout session to focus on staying connected. Each group communicated how they prefer to stay organized and continued discussion from the previous day while determining their upcoming schedules.

As a final session, a panel of PbS Coaches took to the stage to present on some strategies for additional challenges that face agencies. PbS Coach Karl Alston moderated as panelists Russ Jennings, Dan Maldonado, Barbara Chayt, Joyce Burrell and Janice Shallcross shared their vast knowledge on various topics including gang training, leader engagement, trauma-informed care, FIP development and behavior management programming.

To wrap up a successful two days of daring greatly, Kim Godfrey led the closing remarks as PbS Coaches handed out challenge coins to the coordinators. As challenge coins represent honoring and supporting one another, by carrying these coins PbS and participants are recognizing themselves and each other as the one in the arena.

As Theodore Roosevelt said, “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

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PbS Agency Coordinators, Coaches and Staff

This article was originally published on the CJCA blog.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at 6:01 PM

Inspiration and Appreciation: Celebrating Juvenile Justice Staff, Youth at CJCA and PbS Awards Night

 

The 2018 CJCA and PbS Awards Night on August 3 in Minneapolis marked the culmination of another excellent year in juvenile justice work. Opening words from CJCA Executive Director Mike Dempsey and PbS Executive Director Kim Godfrey echoed the inspired feelings shared by attendees as they thanked all for coming. “We love seeing you all,” said Godfrey, “and we love celebrating all our successes and feeling the energy from so many dedicated, awesome supporters of PbS and CJCA together in one room.”

The night’s refrain of support and appreciation for the work juvenile justice professionals do every day continued in a funny and touching way with the PbS Kids Got Talent Group Performance winning video, created by eight youths from Snowden Cottage in Delaware. They produced a news team complete with green screen and intro jingle to give advice from youths to both youths and staff. Some wise advice for the staff in particular struck home and cracked up those attending the awards night: “Don’t let kids tell you how to do your job, and if you don’t know what you’re doing ask another staff for help!”

Among the many awards given out and announced was the PbS Employment Matching Award for youths, which reflects PbS’ belief that stable and fulfilling employment serves as a bridge back to community and adult life when youths leave facility care. PbS matched the hard work nine winning youths from four agencies will do over the summer in everything from forestry and landscaping to teaching and camp counseling. Additionally, PbS announced the winners of the Reentry Award and the Scholarship Award which further recognize the effort youths put in to stay on track as well as the great work done by the exceptional staff and leaders who support them in their journeys.

Before dinner was served, the first of three PbS Barbara-Allen Hagen Award winners was announced. Kansas Juvenile Correctional Complex – West Female from the Kansas Department of Corrections, Juvenile Services was the winner in the Correction category. The other two winners were announced throughout the night: White’s Residential and Family Services from the Indiana Department of Corrections, Division of Youth Services was the Community Residential winner, and Sacramento County Youth Detention Facility from the Sacramento County Probation Department was the winner in the Detention/Assessment category. As PbS has done for the past three years, a video was shown for each winner showcasing their facility and improvements and it was amazing to see the emotions and sense of accomplishment all around the room as staff accepted their awards.

Later in the night, CJCA presented the President’s Award and the Edward J. “Ned” Loughran Outstanding Administrator Award. Chris Blessinger, Executive Director for the Indiana Division of Youth Services received the 2018 CJCA President’s Award, reflecting her energy, commitment and dedication to all juvenile justice systems and to the youth entrusted to her care. The 2018 Edward J. Loughran Outstanding Administrator Award this year was presented to Lisa Bjergaard, Director of the North Dakota Division of Youth Services, President on the CJCA Board of Directors and Vice President on the PbS Board of Directors. Lisa truly embodies Ned’s advocacy and compassion for youths, staff and families across the country, championing the Developmental Approach for youths and supporting CJCA in its mission and vision.

The night’s energy swelled with the debut of the 2018 Kids Got Talent Finalist Montage, and then peaked as this year’s Kids Got Talent Live Performer took to the stage. Kaitlyn C. from Echo Glen Children’s Center arrived on stage with her guitar and her voice to cheers and applause, and performed an incredible original song. All attendees knew she was talented from her multi-instrumental Kids Got Talent submission video, but it was another thing entirely to see her perform in person and hear her powerful voice. Kaitlyn received a standing ovation, not least of which from her Residential Counselor Jacob, who she thanked on stage for his help and support the entire time she has been at Echo Glen. That moment truly captured the essence of the night – showing appreciation for the superstar juvenile justice staff and the youth whose lives they make a positive difference in every single day.

CJCA and PbS extend warm congratulations to all finalists and award winners, and thanks to all who came together in celebrating the wonderful and inspirational work done by youths and staff in the juvenile justice field!

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This article was originally published on the CJCA blog.

Friday, August 17, 2018 at 12:09 PM

White's Residential and Family Services Named Finalist for the 2018 PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Award

 

Performance-based Standards (PbS) is very pleased to announce White’s Residential and Family Services in Wabash, IN as one of the finalists for the 2018 PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Award in the community residential category. White's was selected for their forward-thinking improvement plan to strengthen staff and youth relationships by empowering youths.

After reviewing their PbS data, White’s Residential and Family Services’ residential team knew they wanted to focus on the amount of youths who felt that staff showed respect for their next Facility Improvement Plan (FIP).

To learn more from the youths, the residential team created a survey to help identify the specific areas of opportunity within each cottage and program. The survey was composed of 20 qualitative and 5 quantitative questions focused on better understanding the youth’s experience. The information gathered was split into cottage and program specific responses to allow the team to further evaluate how to best proceed. From there, it was identified that the cottages that were struggling the most were missing some programmatic components that others had: specifically, they did not have a cottage council or a clear behavior reward system. The team saw it as imperative that they consistently implemented these items across campus.

To implement cottage council, the residential team turned to the youth who were leading cottage councils successfully in other cottages. These youth became the advocates and trainers for cottages that were starting to implement cottage councils. Consisting of an elected president, vice president and delegate of youths who are progressing and at a certain point in treatment, the cottage council teams not only work to address issues in the cottage but also advocate for the cottage.

Additionally, White’s team of program managers worked to identify a cottage reward system that would be consistent across campus and worked with youths to develop and implement the process. They introduced and rolled out the concept of cottage bucks that rewarded positive behaviors in the cottage milieu and each cottage was given the opportunity to determine how cottage bucks could be spent.

Through this strategic process, the residential team met and exceeded their FIP goals.

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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Residential staff team

This article was originally published on the CJCA blog.

Monday, July 30, 2018 at 6:14 PM

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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Sacramento County PbS Team

This article was originally published on the CJCA blog.

Monday, July 23, 2018 at 4:43 PM

Southwest Utah Youth Center- Long Term Named Finalist for the 2018 PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Award

 

Performance-based Standards (PbS) is very pleased to announce Southwest Utah Youth Center- Long Term (SUYC) in Cedar City, UT as one of the finalists for the 2018 PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Award in the correction category. SUYC was selected as a finalist for their innovative methods of improving youth reentry processes.

The team members at SUYC discovered that the results of the April 2016 data collection were less than ideal and decided that Community Reintegration needed to be the focus for their next Facility Improvement Plan. Outcome Measures at that time indicated that only 56% of the youth knew that they were going into a community service/agency program upon release, leaving 44% unsure of their transition plans and unaware of services available to them.

Following in-depth discussions, it was decided to implement the position of Transition Support Specialist (TSS). This allowed for a dedicated staff to prepare each youth for community reintegration, enhancing reentry services. Within 90 days of their projected parole date, youth began to participate in the TSS group, which allowed them to clearly identify their plans for transition, including educational and vocational opportunities, with family and community engagement at each possible step. This also gave youth the ability to familiarize themselves with the facility or placement via photos, and identify and apply for jobs ahead of release.

The team’s commitment to competency and efficiency through effective training is what led to the success of this facility improvement. By the end of the October 2017 data collection period, SUYC exceeded their goal with 80% of youths indicating they knew they were going into a community service/agency program upon release. The team reports that youth are leaving SUYC with feelings of preparedness and excitement for community reintegration.

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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PbS team at Southwest Utah Youth Center

This article was originally published on the CJCA blog.

Monday, July 16, 2018 at 4:28 PM

South Hadley Girls Treatment Named Finalist for the 2018 Barbara Allen-Hagen Award

 

Performance-based Standards (PbS) is very pleased to announce South Hadley Girls Treatment in South Hadley, MA as one of the finalists for the 2018 PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Award in the community residential category. South Hadley was selected for their efforts to increase communication throughout the program.

The Facility Improvement Plan (FIP) of focus began in 2016 when the data showed that staff was reporting that communication was lacking throughout the program. At that time, the PbS team created buy-in from staff by giving them the opportunity to suggest how to increase ways of communication.

Feedback provided suggested a two-pronged approach to change processes for staff and for youths. Staff wanted to increase staff meetings to twice a month and alternate the times of the staff meeting from morning meetings to late afternoon meetings. Staff requested that staff meetings be posted two months in advance in an area that is accessible to everyone as well as to have continued administrative presence in shift change meetings. Weekly membership meetings were implemented to help communication with youths. This includes all youths, staff from first and second shifts and all administrators and teachers. The purpose of this meeting is to give feedback to each youth of their successes and their areas of needed improvement. This was important when it came to communication to staff about where the youth is in meeting treatment goals.

The changes that have been sustained throughout the FIP have increased the program’s Staff Climate Survey responses from 36.36% agreeing that communication was good to 76.92% agreeing that communication is good.

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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South Hadley Girls Treatment staff

This article was originally published on the CJCA blog.

Monday, July 9, 2018 at 5:54 PM

Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center Named Finalist for the 2018 Barbara Allen-Hagen Award

 

Performance-based Standards (PbS) is very pleased to announce Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center (FPJDC) in Covington, LA as one of the finalists for the 2018 PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Award in the detention category. FPJDC was selected as a finalist for their multi-dimensional plan to improve safety.

Through the years of working with PbS and their coach, the PbS team at FPJDC learned the importance of data collection and the need for continuous improvement, year round, in order for a facility to succeed. Through daily data collection, FPJDC noticed an unusually high amount of assaults and fights. It was important to them to make this a facility-wide improvement plan to align with their commitment of providing a safe and secure detention experience to all detained youth and their families.

They started by implementing a new youth orientation class and by meeting with new youth weekly. Weekly meetings provided opportunities to explain the facility rules and programming and to answer any questions or concerns. After each class, the new youth would receive a quiz to ensure the information was taught effectively.

Additionally, the PbS team created a multi-disciplinary mentor committee to focus on youth involved in a various number of incidents. All departments were involved to help develop one-on-one mentoring of youth and setting goals for improving their behavior while teaching rational ways to overcome issues.

Lastly, they implemented a mediation process; engaging youth with disagreements designed to teach them how to problem-solve appropriately before issues escalated to fights.

Overall, these goal-focused plans helped the youth find outlets to discuss issues before resorting to fighting. Constant support from staff in understanding the program and individual mentoring help each youth to succeed daily.

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 2, 2018 at 5:24 PM

Logansport Juvenile Correctional Facility Named Finalist for the 2018 Barbara Allen-Hagen Award

 

Performance-based Standards (PbS) is pleased to announce Logansport Juvenile Correctional Facility (LJCF) in Logansport, IN as one of the finalists for the 2018 PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Award in the correction category. LJCF was selected for their multi-faceted approach to reduce the use of physical restraints.

The PbS team at LJCF noticed they had nearly tripled their use of physical restraints in a review of their October 2014 data and immediately started interactive conversations with staff regarding reducing restraints and improving the facility culture. Volunteers from each department comprised a Focus Group that met to develop ideas. These volunteers then met with students to get their ideas on how to reduce use of restraints. Management staff met with families during family activities to share information and seek suggestions for improvement. They encourage open communication at all levels for youth, staff and families and many of the ideas that were generated were implemented almost immediately. It was a total team effort.

The most significant change was involving the family in the physical force debriefing process. Although there were initial concerns among staff about discussing the physical confrontations with family members, this step has proven to be a positive factor in changing the youth’s mindset and has greatly improved the communication process between youth, staff, and family members. Using physical restraint footage as a staff training tool has also been effective in reducing the number of physical confrontations.

The PbS team at LJCF attributes their success to improved communication between staff, youth and their families, along with staff’s willingness to try new ways to positively interact with youth.

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, June 25, 2018 at 2:05 PM

Snowden Cottage Named Finalist for the 2018 Barbara Allen-Hagen Award

 

Performance-based Standards (PbS) is very pleased to announce Snowden Cottage in Wilmington, DE as one of the finalists for the 2018 PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Award in the community residential category. Snowden Cottage was selected for their comprehensive efforts to ensure fairness throughout the program.

The PbS team at Snowden Cottage noticed a low percentage of youths reported the rules were fair on their surveys and decided to focus on improving this measure. To get to the root of the issue, the team held meetings with staff and youths along with a special review and follow up on grievances and complaints. They determined youths were struggling to understand the rules of the cottage due to confusion over their Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) programming. To start, all staff were refreshed on the state policies and the youth’s cottage handbook expectations during staff meetings and individual supervision meetings. Families were also informed about PbS and this improvement plan to demonstrate Snowden’s commitment to improving the overall performance of the treatment they provide.

For youths to feel that the rules of Snowden Cottage were fair, all staff took part in implementing and achieving three successful interventions. The first intervention was an informative focus. Management met with staff to discuss the issue. The staff and youths designed poster boards of rules to display throughout the Cottage. The second intervention included refresher activities for staff and youths such as: Cottage Bingo, Cottage Jeopardy, Who Knows the Cottage Best and Cottage Millionaire. During these activities, youths were able to accept directives from staff, take accountability and promote leadership qualities without feeling like they were being treated unfairly. The third intervention was recognition. Staff recognition was given in various ways via email, kudos, performance evaluations, a quarterly employee award and the residential cottages newsletter to show appreciation for hard work.

Thus far, the interventions outlined in this improvement plan have more than doubled the percentage of youths reporting the rules are fair, reaching almost 100%.

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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Staff at Snowden Cottage

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Staff team-building

This article was originally published on the CJCA blog.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at 5:59 PM

Cache Valley Youth Center Named Finalist for the 2018 Barbara Allen-Hagen Award

 

Performance-based Standards (PbS) is very pleased to announce Cache Valley Youth Center in Logan, UT as one of the finalists for the 2018 PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Award in the detention category. Cache Valley was selected as a finalist for their improvement plan focusing on helping youths to develop positive external supports in the community. They used a number of different approaches to reach their goal of 100% of youths reporting that they have at least one person at home or in the community they will talk to when they need to talk or need help working out a problem.

Cache Valley Youth Center worked on improving communication with youth and their families. This allows youths to more easily identify people in the community that they can talk to when they are having problems. It also improves the relationship between staff and families. Team members provide updates and answer questions which enables the families to feel validated and that they have a voice in the process.

Their team has done an exceptional job at finding opportunities to seek a safe avenue for youth to identify and talk to people the youth trust in the community when they are released from detention, including calling a trusted team member at the facility.

Programs like yoga give the youths an opportunity to feel comfortable and talk about pressing issues. Gaining trust in the team, youths are more likely to share, identify, and talk about personal concerns, and are also more likely to reach out after release if they need support. Team members are always looking for an opportunity to help the youth identify adults in their life they can trust with their fears and worries.

Incorporating community partners in activities and programs also gives youth more opportunities to identify individuals in their community as supports. Team members also take every opportunity to counsel with youth regarding individuals in their own lives that they can talk to when they are having problems.

The team at Cache Valley Youth Center has been developing and working on this improvement plan for a year now and continues to learn how to best help youths develop social supports in preparation for their release.

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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Cache Valley Youth Center Team

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Community Partners Participate in a Basketball Activity

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 6:05 PM

Congratulations to the 2018 PbS Kids Got Talent Contest Finalists

 

The submissions are in for the 2018 PbS Kids Got Talent Contest and again, there are many rock stars, comedians, poets and creative artists within the walls of PbS facilities. We received a total of 86 entries, slightly short of our goal of breaking 100 in our fourth year hosting the contest, but all showing passion for performing and plenty of talent.

After careful consideration and a lot of video-watching, the internal Performance-based Standards (PbS) judging team selected 15 awesome performances as finalists:

  • Norman B., Marquis J., Jeremiah L., Quinton M., Darrell R. from Bridge City Center for Youth, Louisiana Youth Services, Office of Juvenile Justice
  • Ronald A. from Central Oklahoma Juvenile Center, Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs
  • Kaitlyn C. from Echo Glen Children's Center, Washington Juvenile Justice and Rehabilitation Administration
  • Luis O. from Echo Glen Children's Center, Washington Juvenile Justice and Rehabilitation Administration
  • Hailey M. from Geneva Youth Rehab. & Treatment Center, Nebraska Office of Protection and Safety
  • Naudia S. from Geneva Youth Rehab. & Treatment Center, Nebraska Office of Protection and Safety
  • Aurora K. from IYC – Warrenville, Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice
  • Derrius W. from Kansas Juvenile Correctional Complex, Department of Corrections, Juvenile Services
  • Hunter H., Braxton S. from Mill Creek Youth Center, Utah Division of Juvenile Justice Services
  • Amir W. from Rogue Valley Youth Correctional Facility, Oregon Youth Authority
  • Brendon B., Saul C., Marcus D., Matt D., Nicholas F., Alfonso K., Daniel S., Dustin W., Jalen W., Justice Y. from Rogue Valley Youth Correctional Facility, Oregon Youth Authority
  • Saul C. from Rogue Valley Youth Correctional Facility, Oregon Youth Authority
  • Elijah C., Jason C., Jorden D., Kai G., Jamie G., Sati L., Elijah R., Treveion R. from Snowden Cottage, Delaware Youth Rehabilitative Services Division
  • Jordan C. from Southwest Utah Youth Center-Long Term, Utah Division of Juvenile Justice Services
  • Jamarius C., Absalon R. from Ventura Youth Correctional Facility, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

Congratulations to the finalists and all performers. Performing takes not only talent but confidence and commitment and you all rocked!

Next, our Kids Got Talent Contest judges will watch all the performances and vote. Each video is about three minutes long and the competition is tight. The winner will perform live at the annual Awards Night, this year Aug. 3 in Minneapolis.

Thanks to our judges:

  • Nate Balis, Director, Juvenile Justice Strategy Group, The Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • Jozy Bernadette, Contestant, The Voice
  • Sanzanna Dean, Senior Policy Advisor, OJJDP
  • Patrick Griffin, Senior Program Officer, Criminal Justice, MacArthur Foundation
  • Chyrl Jones, Deputy Administrator, OJJDP
  • Mary Ann Scali, Executive Director, National Juvenile Defender Center
  • Marc Schindler, Executive Director, Justice Policy Institute

Thank you also to the many staff who helped produce the videos and submit them to PbS and to the agency directors who supported this effort to treat all youths in custody as one of our own.

This article was originally published on the CJCA blog.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at 3:20 PM

Kansas Juvenile Correctional Complex- West Female Named Finalist for the 2018 PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Award

 

Performance-based Standards (PbS) is very pleased to announce Kansas Juvenile Correctional Complex- West Female (KJCC) in Topeka, KS as one of the finalists for the 2018 PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Award in the correction category. KJCC was selected as a finalist for their comprehensive Facility Improvement Plan (FIP) to develop a more effective, responsive and attentive suicide precaution program.

The administrative team at Kansas Juvenile Correctional Complex has long understood the importance of suicide assessment, detection, and prevention. However, it wasn't until 2012 that serious efforts were made to improve all aspects involved in this process. After significant consideration and planning, the team narrowed its focus down to six (6) critical points. The team found deficiencies in several areas and decided to focus on these areas to improve suicide prevention precautions.

  1. Implementation of a proactive and creative approach to managing crises to include daily Behavioral Health living unit rounds and offering every youth the opportunity to talk to a behavioral health professional every weekday. This implementation has been very successful in deflecting crisis level behavior before it occurs.

  2. The provision of dedicated resources on the living unit to include an on-unit Behavioral Health Professional, along with a full-time Activity Therapist. The specific focus of the increased Behavioral Health Professional's presence is to provide a more timely and accurate response to any sort of potential self-harming or suicidal behavior.

  3. The implementation of evidence-based curriculums focusing on gender-specific topics and trauma.

  4. The administration adopted a plan for culture change that included the notion that limiting the use of room confinement, isolation and restricted housing would decrease the frequency and volume of self-harming and suicidal behavior.

  5. Improvement of overall awareness in the facility by requiring all staff to participate in an eight hour Mental Health and Juvenile Justice training with a serious focus on youth suffering from issues related to mental health, suicidal behavior and trauma.

  6. An increased emphasis and utilization of multidisciplinary teams to better understand each and every youth on an individual basis.

The team at KJCC has been working diligently on this improvement plan for over five years and continues to see positive results in their data.

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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Behavioral Health Team

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Executive Staff and PbS Team

This article was originally published on the CJCA blog.

Monday, June 4, 2018 at 6:37 PM

Congratulations to the Finalists for the 2018 PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Award

 

On behalf of Performance-based Standards (PbS), I am extremely proud to announce the 2018 PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Award Finalists and Honorable Mentions! In this era of juvenile justice reform, changing leadership and fewer yet more complex offenders placed in youth facilities, these outstanding agencies and professionals show us that commitment to implementing best practices results in positive outcomes. They have taken on the difficult work to change cultures from harsh to healthy and find innovative and effective responses to youths’ multidimensional needs.

Each year PbS honors correction, detention, assessment and community residential programs who best exemplify PbS’ guiding principle: treat all youths in custody as one of our own. Year after year, the competition is tough and we are inspired by all of the hard work each facility undertakes to improve outcomes for the youths in their care, the staff who serve them and the families and communities where they will return upon release. This year was no exception. We are very proud to announce the following sites as our 2018 PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Award Finalists.

Correction Finalists:

  • Kansas Juvenile Correctional Complex- West Female, Department of Corrections, Juvenile Services
  • Logansport Juvenile Correctional Facility, Indiana Department of Corrections, Division of Youth Services
  • Southwest Utah Youth Center- Long Term, Utah Division of Juvenile Justice Services

Detention/Assessment Finalists:

  • Cache Valley Youth Center, Utah Division of Juvenile Justice Services
  • Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center, Covington, LA
  • Sacramento County Youth Detention Facility, Sacramento County Probation Department, CA

Community Residential Finalists:

  • Snowden Cottage, Delaware Division of Youth Rehabilitative Services
  • South Hadley Girls Treatment, Massachusetts Department of Youth Services
  • White’s Residential and Family Services, Indiana Department of Corrections, Division of Youth Services

One finalist in each category will be selected as the winner by the PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Award Selection Committee and honored at the PbS Agency Coordinator Training and CJCA and PbS Awards Ceremony on Aug. 3 in Minneapolis. PbS will post a spotlight blog about each finalist's specific efforts to treat all youths in custody as one of our own in the weeks leading up to the ceremony. Please look for these inspiring stories on the blog through the end of July.

Additionally, given the strong competition among this year’s 29 applicants, PbS also congratulates four facilities as Honorable Mentions.

Correction Honorable Mentions:

  • Johnson Youth Correction Center, Alaska Division of Juvenile Justice
  • Worcester Secure Treatment Facility, Massachusetts Department of Youth Services

Detention/Assessment Honorable Mentions:

  • Kenai Peninsula Youth Detention Facility, Alaska Division of Juvenile Justice
  • Split Mountain Youth Center, Utah Division of Juvenile Justice Services

Congratulations to all!

This article was originally published on the CJCA blog.

Friday, June 1, 2018 at 4:19 PM

5 Ways Juvenile Probation Administrators Can Use Data

 

The National Center for Juvenile Justice (NCJJ) has published 5 Ways Juvenile Probation Administrators Can Use Data, the third brief in a series developed by the OJJDP-funded Juvenile Justice Model Data Project. The brief provides five specific examples of how juvenile probation administrators can use aggregate data to improve practices and monitor system improvements.

Monday, April 9, 2018 at 10:11 AM

OJJDP Releases New Information on Status Offenses

 

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) posted updated information on status offenses this week. See the ten new charts about counts and trends, petitioned status case rates, detention and disposition in the Petitioned Status Offense Cases section of the Statistical Briefing Book Frequently Asked Questions about Juveniles in Court.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at 12:22 PM

Breaking down Barriers: Using Youth Suicide-Related Surveillance Data from State Systems

 

The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) is has announced the release of a new report, Breaking down Barriers: Using Youth Suicide-Related Surveillance Data from State Systems. This report explores the opportunities and barriers that state Garrett Lee Smith grantees face in accessing and using suicide surveillance data from juvenile justice, child welfare, and public behavioral health systems.

An accompanying technical report details the research included in the paper. A series of worksheets is also included to help state Garrett Lee Smith grantees start or continue a dialogue on accessing and using suicide-related data from these three youth-serving state systems.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 1:55 PM

CJCA and PbS' Awards Night Recognizes Inspiring People and Programs Across Juvenile Justice

 

It was an amazing time at the 2017 CJCA and PbS Awards Night on October 26. The sounds of the Windy City were buzzing around the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Chicago, but were nothing compared to the celebratory mood in the room as the night commenced with PbS Executive Director Kim Godfrey and CJCA President Mike Dempsey’s opening words.

“Thank you all so much for coming,” said Godfrey. “This is such a great event and we love seeing you all here, celebrating all our successes and feeling the energy from so many dedicated, awesome supporters of PbS and CJCA together in one room.”

The night continued with an announcement and video of the PbS Kids got Talent Group Performance Winner – a group of youths from Rogue Valley Youth Correctional Facility in Oregon, who produced and starred in a fun music video depicting the song “I Wanna Be Like You” from the Jungle Book. It was a fun, upbeat cover of the Disney hit, made even more impressive by the youths’ filming, choreography, and musical talents displayed with a trumpet, bass, ukulele and drums.

Throughout the evening, guests viewed the Barbara Allen-Hagen winners’ videos – Ferris School and Grace Cottage from the Delaware Division of Youth Rehabilitative Services and Nampa Observation and Assessment Center from the Idaho Department of Juvenile Services. The stories these winners shared were motivating and inspiring, and tears were shed as the proud recipients accepted their awards on stage.

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Barbara Allen-Hagen Award Winners pose with PbS Executive Director Kim Godfrey and PbS Coaches Joyce Burrell and Russ Jennings

Along with the announcement of the PbS Scholarship and Reentry Award winners, and the CJCA President’s Award which went to Harvey Reed, Director of the Ohio Department of Youth Services, PbS and CJCA both had new awards for 2017. PbS was proud to present the winners of the first annual Employment Matching Award, which is a reflection of PbS’ belief that stable and fulfilling employment serves as a bridge back to community and adult life when youths leave facility care. PbS received 14 applications from youths at seven different facilities across five states – all 14 youths were accepted to receive PbS’ first matching awards.

CJCA also presented the first annual Edward J. “Ned” Loughran Outstanding Administrator Award. Ned was CJCA’s first and founding Executive Director and was an advocate without equal for children, youths and families involved in juvenile justice systems and the leaders who served them. CJCA was proud to present the award this year to Commissioner Peter J. Forbes, Massachusetts Department of Youth Services for his extraordinary leadership in CJCA and the field and a strong commitment to improving the lives of youths.

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CJCA Executive Director Mike Dempsey and CJCA President Lisa Bjergaard prepare to present the Edward J. "Ned" Loughran Outstanding Administrator Award

The night reached a crescendo with the showing of the 2017 PbS Kids Got Talent Finalist Montage, and then the moment everyone was waiting for – the Kids Got Talent Live Performance. Taking the stage was Puamelia O. from Echo Glen Children’s Center, Washington State Juvenile Rehabilitation – Rehabilitation Administration. Pua’s confidence and love for the light of the stage immediately shone through as she introduced herself, smiling and excited before the music started and she began her routine. Pua performed an impressive Hawai'ian dance, the first PbS has ever received in the three years of running the Kids Got Talent Contest, to the song “Kaiona” by Hawai’ian artist Keali’I Reichel. Pua was a natural performer who was energized by the limelight, and her talent and infectious enthusiasm was embraced by the room as guests met her performance with a standing ovation and loud cheers.

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Puamelia, the 2017 PbS Kids Got Talent performer, dances on stage

Congratulations to all the finalists and award winners, both youths and staff, and PbS and CJCA warmly thanks all who joined in celebrating everyone’s amazing and inspiring work!

This article was originally published on the CJCA blog.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at 4:45 PM

2017 PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Award Video Spotlight: Grace Cottage

 

Performance-based Standards (PbS) is proud to announce Grace Cottage in Wilmington, DE as the 2017 PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Award winner in the community residential category. Grace Cottage was selected for improving communication on rules and rights.

Congratulations to the Grace Cottage team and thank you for your commitment to treating all youths in custody as one of our own.

View the video here.

For more information on their impressive improvements, read the Grace Cottage finalist blog.

This article was originally published on the CJCA blog.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 4:28 PM

2017 PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Award Video Spotlight: Nampa Observation and Assessment Center

 

Performance-based Standards (PbS) is proud to announce Nampa Observation and Assessment Center (O&A) in Nampa, ID as the 2017 PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Award winner in the detention/assessment category. O&A was selected for reducing the use of restraints and room confinement.

Congratulations to the O&A team and thank you for your commitment to treating all youths in custody as one of our own.

View the video here.

For more information on their impressive improvements, read the O&A finalist blog.

This article was originally published on the CJCA blog.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 3:25 PM

2017 PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Award Video Spotlight: Ferris School

 

Performance-based Standards (PbS) is proud to announce Ferris School in Wilmington, DE as the 2017 PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Award winner in the correction category. Ferris School was selected for reducing youth assaults and fights by increasing positive interactions and reinforcements by staff.

Congratulations to the Ferris School team and thank you for your commitment to treating all youths in custody as one of our own.

View the video here.

For more information on their impressive improvements, read the Ferris School finalist blog.

This article was originally published on the CJCA blog.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 4:21 PM

PbS Shares Three Reentry Briefs

 

The PbS Learning Institute (PbS) is proud to share three new briefs developed as part of the Juvenile Reentry Measurement Standards project launched by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) in 2015. The three documents provide a project update, literature review findings and field scan findings to report on the first two tasks of the project.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at 10:07 AM

PbS Coordinators Training for Ongoing Improvement

 

Performance-based Standards (PbS) will host its annual State/Agency Coordinators Training from Oct. 25-27, 2017 in Chicago. PbS participants include youth correction, detention/assessment and community residential programs from 36 states and 15 agencies across the nation. Representatives and leaders from these participating juvenile agencies will convene to collaborate and learn alongside one another with the goal of returning to their local jurisdictions with new and valuable information.

This year’s training will focus on resources far beyond the data. Over the course of the event, PbS will provide various training sessions, regionally-based work group sessions and panel discussions featuring PbS coaches and coordinators. The training will conclude with a guest speaker presentation on trauma by Dr. Christopher Branson, a clinical psychologist and Assistant Professor in the NYU School of Medicine. His work focuses on improving access to effective social services for youth and families involved with the juvenile justice system.

The training is held in conjunction with the Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrator’s (CJCA) annual Leadership Institute. State directors and PbS coordinators will convene for the CJCA and PbS Awards Night on Oct. 26, 2017. The ceremony will feature finalists and recipients of the 2017 PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Award, Kids Got Talent Contest, Scholarship Fund, Reentry Award and Employment Matching Award.

Stay tuned for updates, pictures and videos after the ceremony, as well as our official announcement of this year’s Barbara Allen-Hagen Award winners!

Monday, October 2, 2017 at 10:16 AM

2017 Barbara Allen-Hagen Award Community Residential Category

 

Congratulations again to all finalists for the 2017 Barbara Allen-Hagen Award. The field of applications was so strong that for the first time in 11 years of the award, Performance-based Standards (PbS) expanded the field to include semi-finalists in the correction and detention categories. PbS received three applications in the community residential category and all were finalists.

Congratulations to the Community Residential Category Finalists:

Grace Cottage, Delaware Division of Youth Rehabilitative Services, looked to ensure that the rules and rights of their residents were clearly communicated. Specifically honed in on improving areas of order and justice, Grace Cottage looked to address them from the core by focusing the majority of their efforts to increase their youths’ knowledge and understanding of the program.

Mowlds Cottage, Delaware Division of Youth Rehabilitative Services, focused their improvement plan on further improving areas relating to security and justice through training for their behavior management system. They stress the importance of ensuring that all their residents and staff have a clear understanding of the program in hopes that the results will not only create an impact for their residents in the program but continue to progress beyond that as their residents transition into the community.

Snowden Cottage, Delaware Division of Youth Rehabilitative Services, enhanced training around their program’s rules and guidelines to focus their improvement plans on programming, order, reintegration and justice. Snowden Cottage hoped to turn their data into action with the goal of truly listening to the families, youth and staff. They implemented surveys and created training programs based on the results.

Congratulations to all finalists! The winner in each category will be announced at the CJCA and PbS Awards Night on Oct. 26, 2017 in Chicago!

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 which 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.

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Garden project outside of Grace Cottage

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Outside Mowlds Cottage

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Dedicated staff members of Snowden Cottage

This article was originally published on the CJCA blog.

Monday, September 18, 2017 at 5:43 PM

Nampa Observation and Assessment Center Named Finalist for the 2017 Barbara Allen-Hagen Award

 

Performance-based Standards (PbS) is pleased to announce Nampa Observation and Assessment Center (O&A) as one of the finalists for the 2017 Barbara Allen-Hagen Award in the detention and assessment category. The facility was selected as a finalist for addressing use of restraints and room confinement.

Concerned their PbS data about restraints and room confinement showed rates about five times greater than the field average, the PbS team and new leadership at O&A developed a Facility Improvement Plan (FIP) to address the issue. Staff from all areas of the facility formed a team to work on the plan.

The team based their model on the Six Core Strategies to Reduce Restraints and Room Confinement by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). They surveyed staff and youth to gather more information on the perceptions of restraint and room confinement use, completed a gap analysis to identify specific needs and developed three primary initiatives for future incidents.

The new initiatives included: debriefing for youths following every incident, a debriefing process for staff following each use of restraints or room confinement and an upper management review of youths involved in multiple incidents. Prior to this initiative, youths had not been debriefed following incidents and the new process gave them a chance to talk with staff and rejoin their group in a timelier manner. Staff started to use debriefing cards for incidents that may have led to a restraint or room confinement to describe the situation, youth and staff safety, escalation of the incident, measures taken and what could be improved on in a similar situation in the future. The upper management review implemented by O&A evaluates circumstances and implements individual strategies for youths involved in multiple incidents.

The team has worked diligently to ensure the sustainability of these efforts. The staff training curriculum was updated to include effective de-escalation and appropriate use of force trainings on a regular basis. Supervisors continue to monitor debriefs and room confinement timing, review videos of incidents and utilize PbS data each April and October to track improvements. Data consistently shows the reduction in restraint use, room confinement and also in staff injuries. The team is confident that these changes will move O&A in a direction focused on treatment for the youths in their care.

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 Oct. 26, 2017. Stay tuned for more blogs about the finalists.

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Staff at Nampa O&A

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Youths playing ball in the gymnasium

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Math class at O&A

This article was originally published on the CJCA blog.

Monday, September 11, 2017 at 4:25 PM

Stanislaus County Juvenile Hall Named Finalist for the 2017 Barbara Allen-Hagen Award

 

Performance-based Standards (PbS) is pleased to announce Stanislaus County Juvenile Hall as one of the finalists for the 2017 Barbara Allen-Hagen Award in the detention category. The facility was selected as a finalist for addressing policies on room confinement prior to upcoming changes in state legislation.

California Senate Bill 1143, which was signed in 2016 and takes effect in January 2018, limits the use of room confinement in juvenile facilities. The facility team knew the challenge ahead and got started on making the change right away using the Facility Improvement Plan (FIP) process. Designed with a goal to end all room confinement events in eight hours or less, the team laid out a plan and included staff of varied levels to ensure different perspectives would be considered.

A focus group of staff was recruited to discuss the bill and develop strategies for culture change. They reviewed the bill together then broke into two sub-groups, one to discuss policies and consistent room confinement guidelines and the other to consider increased incentives for positive behavior. Staff found creative solutions to room confinement, including counseling and redirecting poor behavior, and implemented incentive-based programming.

The incentive-based Behavior Modification Program has been successful and encourages staff to continually share innovative ideas. Staff plan more group activities such as bingo, games, arts and crafts and other activities in their units and part of the facility was converted to a game room. Points earned throughout the week can be used for time in the game room to play arcade games or for the Saturday Program for a food reward of pizza or ice cream.

Including staff from the beginning of the transition provided a strong foundation with a vested interest for the culture change. Recent data showing reduced confinement times does not show any increase in critical incidents since the start of the process, a concern of many staff when the new legislation was announced. The team plans to continue closely monitoring incidents and data to gauge effectiveness, ensure sustainability and show staff how the work is paying off.

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 Oct. 26, 2017. Stay tuned for more blogs about the finalists.

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Facility staff of Stanislaus County Juvenile Hall

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Youths and staff in math class

This article was originally published on the CJCA blog.

Monday, August 28, 2017 at 5:04 PM

Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center Named Finalist for the 2017 Barbara Allen-Hagen Award

 

Performance-based Standards (PbS) is pleased to announce Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center (FPJDC) as one of the finalists for the 2017 Barbara Allen-Hagen Award in the detention category. The facility was selected as a finalist for addressing youth fear for safety by implementing data-driven training programs.

The PbS team at FPJDC developed a Facility Improvement Plan (FIP) to address the rising percentage of youth reporting fear for safety. The team reviewed additional PbS data and noted other factors known to increase youth fear such as assaults/fights, restraints, confinement, injuries and contraband rates were not high. Concerned that this unexplained fear would prevent the youth from finding success at FPJDC, the team got creative in determining the cause and working toward a solution.

The team started with a thorough review of the initial orientation experience to determine appropriate staffing, orientation content and how the content was being presented to youths. Following the review, the team implemented regularly scheduled orientation classes for new youth, led by key staff, to ensure the rules of the behavior management system were understood. During these classes, youths were given surveys so staff could get a sense of fears and concerns coming in to the facility. With both of these interventions to refine the orientation process, new youth had more confidence in understanding facility operations and were given a voice to address concerns.

Additionally, the team used the youth feedback and Staff Climate Survey data to determine which training programs would best fit the needs of youth and staff in addressing fear. Courses such as “Effective Communication,” “De-escalation of Conflict,” “Supervision of Youth,” and “Developing Healthy Relationships” were scheduled more frequently to empower staff to consistently and purposefully promote a therapeutic and safe environment, the mission of FPJDC.

The team holds agency-wide PbS meetings and has a volunteer, staff-led committee to continuously strategize, promote buy-in and sustain efforts. Collecting additional data and regularly reviewing the results helps the team stay current and meet changes in the population. The proactive, solution-focused approach has been effective and the team cites the consistency of training programs resulting from gathered feedback as a major key to success.

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 Oct. 26, 2017. Stay tuned for more blogs about the finalists.

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Leadership group tour

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Staff training on effective communication

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Staff appreciation day

This article was originally published on the CJCA blog.

Monday, August 21, 2017 at 4:47 PM

2017 Barbara Allen-Hagen Award Detention Category

 

Congratulations again to all finalists for the 2017 Barbara Allen-Hagen Award. The field of applications was so strong, for the first time in 11 years of the award, Performance-based Standards (PbS) expanded the field to include semi-finalists. In the detention category, six semi-finalists were chosen before narrowing the field to three finalists.

The detention category semi-finalists included:

  • Hadley Assessment, Massachusetts Department of Youth Services, for fostering a more family-focused and inclusive environment for youth and families;
  • Sacramento County Youth Detention Facility, Sacramento County Probation Department, CA, for reviewing use of force processes to reduce injuries and improve safety; and
  • Southwest Utah Youth Center-Detention, Utah Division of Juvenile Justice Services, for working to improve youth safety with a focus on zero tolerance for sexual abuse and the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA).

Hadley Assessment was chosen as the Honorable Mention in the detention category.

After further internal review, PbS determined the three finalists for detention and shared the applications with the Selection Committee, eight seasoned youth professionals, researchers and leaders, who scored each one. The detention category finalists are:

  • Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center, LA, for reducing youth fear for safety by engaging with the youth to determine the cause;
  • Nampa-Observation and Assessment, Idaho Department of Juvenile Corrections, for reducing the use of isolation and restraints; and
  • Stanislaus County Juvenile Hall, Stanislaus County Probation Department, CA for reducing the duration of isolation and room confinement well in advance of upcoming legislation.

Stay tuned for spotlight blogs featuring each of the finalists on Mondays this summer!

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 which 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.

This article was originally published on the CJCA blog.

Monday, August 14, 2017 at 2:04 PM

Ferris School Named Finalist for the 2017 Barbara Allen-Hagen Award

 

Performance-based Standards (PbS) is pleased to announce Ferris School in Wilmington, DE as one of the finalists for the 2017 Barbara Allen-Hagen Award in the correction category. The facility was selected as a finalist for reducing youth assaults and fights by increasing positive interactions and reinforcements by staff.

The PbS team at Ferris School began a Facility Improvement Plan (FIP) following their first data collection, which showed a high number of assaults and fights, which resulted in a high level of restraint use and staff injuries during restraints. The team also believed high rates of assaults, fights and restraints were key factors leading to the reported fear for safety among staff and youths.

The team developed a holistic improvement strategy that focused on increasing positive interactions, reinforcement and staff-youth relationships. For the youths, the team created competitions between housing pods and the pod with the fewest restraints would get to choose from a variety of rewards including movie and popcorn nights, ice cream parties or relaxed uniform rules for the weekend. Educational and vocational programs were expanded for the youths to offer more opportunities, including the revival of the construction program. For the staff, the PbS team held focus groups and increased training on resident supervision, security practices, cognitive behavior therapy and gangs. The team also addressed the correctional facility structure by adding chalkboards in the pods, blue lighting in some rooms that create a calmer atmosphere and made more use of the outdoor space including a new gazebo and healing garden for meditation and groups.

Further analyzing the data, the PbS team noticed the assaults and fights were high in the spring when the facility did not offer a team sport. In the fall, the Ferris School youth football team had been undefeated and the momentum inspired the staff to seek another competitive sport for the spring. The recreation department started a lacrosse program and reached out to coaches from nearby colleges and high schools. Youths and staff learned how to play lacrosse and enjoyed a win-less but fun season. Ferris School received the First Stick grant from USLacrosse, was featured in USLacrosse Magazine and was selected as the host site for the May 2017 USLacrosse clinic. Other recreation activities added were competitions between youths and staff, such as basketball and football games that successfully built more positive staff-youth relationships.

The PbS team at Ferris School is comprised of representatives from each living unit and all departments. The team, led by Tanya Banks is dedicated to sustaining these efforts by championing each program and integrating PbS into the daily routine at the facility. Data and survey results are shared with all staff and used to foster positive relationships with youths and their families. With the additional training, support and recognition of staff, the whole facility is committed to positive changes. Through the additional team sports and expansion of programming, the youths are bought in and take more pride in their daily interactions. They want to do well for themselves, the team and the facility.

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 Oct. 26, 2017. Stay tuned for more blogs about the finalists.

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Data shared with staff for open communication

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Ferris School lacrosse team

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Facility Superintendent, Tanya Banks (right), leading a staff discussion

This article was originally published on the CJCA blog.

Monday, August 7, 2017 at 4:34 PM

Southwest Utah Youth Center-Long Term Named Finalist for the 2017 Barbara Allen-Hagen Award

 

Performance-based Standards (PbS) is pleased to announce Southwest Utah Youth Center-Long Term (SUYC) in Cedar City, UT as one of the finalists for the 2017 Barbara Allen-Hagen Award in the correction category. The facility was selected as a finalist for their improvement plan to increase family engagement.

Research shows the importance of family contact with youths in custody in reducing recidivism and the State of Utah and SUYC are dedicated to strengthening positive family interactions. Analyzing data following the April 2015 data collection, the SUYC team determined that certain measures of interaction between staff and youth with families were indicating they had room for improvement. They decided to focus on inviting family members and social supports to more facility events and increasing the rate of contact between staff and families.

To reach their goals, the team at SUYC started the discussion during staff meetings. Working with the PbS Blueprint and staff feedback, they decided to implement a quarterly event for family members and social supports. Dedicated to a collaborative process, the staff engaged the youths and their families in realizing this goal. Staff started by developing the rules and expectations for clear parameters in hosting events. Staff sent information about each event to the family members and social supports ahead of time so they were fully informed of the agenda and expectations. Youths were tasked with designing the invitations, addressing envelopes and compiling guest lists – in addition to working with staff to decide each theme and activity. With a clear interest in continuous improvement, staff ask families to take a brief survey following each event to provide some insight on the experience and share what they would like to see next time.

The success of the events could not have been realized without some creative solutions. The facility is located in a rural area across the state from some of the youth’s families, so the team strategically hosts events either the day before or the day of a parole hearing so families have a better chance to attend. Youths have been given the opportunity to invite another prosocial support if family or close social supports cannot attend. The team plans to sustain the process by ensuring youths are very involved in planning each event. The team relies heavily on youth’s input as to what they most enjoy doing with their families to ensure a good time is had by all. Past family nights have included a board game extravaganza, a fancy holiday celebration meal, staff and youth talent show/lip sync contest and several inter-facility sporting events with a barbecue.

The team at SUYC describes the key to their success as undoubtedly the collaboration between youths, staff and families. Youths and staff hold each other accountable for various aspects of planning and the youths build confidence and are empowered to reach their goals. The facility has been successful engaging families and strengthening bonds through family events. Facility Director Jill McKinlay said, “Families seem very relaxed and are spending some quality time with their youth. Often times I see both youth and their family members laughing and enjoying themselves. Also, if a youth doesn't have a family member that can attend, staff have been good to let the youth invite a volunteer or family home evening couple, clergy etc to come in their place, or staff have just interacted with the youth so they feel appreciated.”

The 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 Oct. 26, 2017. Stay tuned for more blogs about the finalists.

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An inter-facility sports program volleyball game with invited guests

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Family Night Barbecue buffet line

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Youths with families and social supports at a Family Game Night

This article was originally published on the CJCA blog.

Monday, July 24, 2017 at 4:33 PM

Pine Hills Youth Correctional Facility Named Finalist for the 2017 Barbara Allen-Hagen Award

 

Performance-based Standards (PbS) is pleased to announce Pine Hills Youth Correctional Facility (PHYCF) in Miles City, MT as one of the finalists for the 2017 Barbara Allen-Hagen Award in the correction category. The facility was selected as a finalist for their improvement plan to increase safety facility-wide.

Committed to continuous improvement, the PHYCF team noticed fear for safety among staff was still high after years of efforts to successfully reduce confinement and isolation at the facility. The team decided to formally address the issue of this culture change to a more juvenile-based approach as it related to staff perceptions about what they were doing and why they were doing it.

Each member of the PHYCF Safety Committee spoke with staff within their work sections and learned their process of institutional changes had outpaced their process of cultural changes. The PHYCF team focused on several interventions to address culture change and sought to ensure staff understood the reasons behind all changes as they were being implemented. A three-part approach included interventions within training to inform about dangers of confinement and idle time, disciplinary alternatives and building positive relationships with youths, supervisory support to increase face time between managers and line staff and guidance/oversight to include more monitoring and ongoing reviews of incidents.

Together, these implementations have been successful for the team at PHYCF. They plan to sustain their improvements by continuing with the successful interventions, reviewing and sharing data and continually seeking feedback by viewing every meeting as an opportunity to address concerns and move forward with positive change. The sustained positive changes at PHYCF already resulted in a feature podcast interview of Quality Assurance Manager and PbS Site Coordinator Jeff Holland on Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI)’s Unrestrained blog and a feature video by the Montana State Fund (MSF). PHYCF was selected as an MSF Work Safe Champion due to their successful reduction and continued low rate of staff injury claims.

The team at PHYCF describes the key to their success as looking beyond the data. The data alone was not enough to convince staff that the facility was in fact, safer, as a result of the new juvenile-based approach. It took a more comprehensive approach of sharing research in addition to the data and creating opportunities for discussion and feedback to get staff buy-in. Superintendent and PbS Facility Administrator Steve Ray attributes their success to the persistence of his team: “I have to give our managers and trainers a lot of credit, they continually got back up and kept spreading the message and using the PbS data to prove that what we were doing was working. It was a long journey, one that will likely never be complete, and it was worth it.”

The 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 Oct. 26, 2017. Stay tuned for more blogs about the finalists.

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Staff and youth playing softball during one of many staff-youth tournaments

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Staff at the vocational program booth at the annual Communication Fair, showcasing furniture made by youths

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Youths engaged in the equine program, a series of training sessions with a local expert

This article was originally published on the CJCA blog.

Monday, July 17, 2017 at 5:31 PM

2017 Barbara Allen-Hagen Award Correction Category

 

Congratulations again to all finalists for the 2017 Barbara Allen-Hagen Award. The field of applications was so strong, for the first time in 11 years of the award, Performance-based Standards (PbS) expanded the field to include semi-finalists. In the correction category, seven semi-finalists were chosen before narrowing the field to three finalists.

The correction category semi-finalists included:

  • Juvenile Corrections Center-St. Anthony, Idaho Department of Juvenile Corrections, whose improvement plan focused on family engagement and increasing family survey participation;
  • Stanislaus Juvenile Commitment Facility, Stanislaus County Probation Department, CA, whose improvement plan focused on reducing the duration of room confinement;
  • Woodside-Treatment, Vermont Department for Children and Families, whose improvement plan focused on improving staffing to address facility safety; and
  • Kansas Juvenile Correctional Center-West Female, Department of Corrections, Juvenile Services, whose improvement plan focused on tracking self-harm and suicidal behavior and was chosen as the Honorable Mention in the correction category.

After further internal review, PbS determined the three finalists and shared the applications with the Selection Committee, eight seasoned youth professionals, researchers and leaders, who scored each one. The correction category finalists are:

  • Ferris School, Delaware Division of Youth Rehabilitative Services, whose improvement plan focused on facility safety;
  • Pine Hills Youth Correctional Facility, Montana Department of Corrections, Youth Services Division, whose improvement plan focused on staff safety; and
  • Southwest Utah Youth Center-Long Term, Utah Division of Juvenile Justice Services, whose improvement plan focused on increasing family engagement.

Stay tuned for spotlight blogs featuring each of the finalists in the correction category every Monday this month!

The 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 which 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.

This article was originally published on the CJCA blog.

Monday, July 10, 2017 at 5:25 PM

Sacramento Kings Foundation Visits Youths at Sacramento County Youth Detention Facility

 

Volunteers from the Sacramento Kings Foundation and the Northern California Construction Training worked hard beautifying the facility for Cesar Chavez National Day of Service to honor Cesar Chavez's legacy and support the youths. The facility also got a new Sacramento Proud mural, and a garden, where the kids will learn valuable harvesting and construction skills.

Recently, 2017 PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Award Semi-Finalist Sacramento County Youth Detention Facility also expanded their swim program and connected with the Pawsitive Impact shelter dog program.

Friday, June 23, 2017 at 12:50 PM

Center for Educational Excellence in Alternative Settings (CEEAS) is Announcing the Next Round of Openings for College Now

 

Next round of openings for College Now: Applications due June 30th! Center for Educational Excellence in Alternative Settings (CEEAS) is excited to announce the expansion of the College Now program and currently accepting applications from interested agencies.

From the CEEAS Announcement:

In January, we started College Now to bring access to college level courses to students in juvenile justice agencies across the country. College Now is designed for juvenile justice agencies interested in helping their students earn college credits during their term of confinement, and providing support and planning to help students continue and persist at college once they are released.

Through College Now, juvenile justice agencies and their education partners will receive intensive support from CEEAS. Agencies will have the opportunity to build college opportunities and establish a college-going culture. At each site, students will use online tools and participate in virtual classes to prepare for CLEP tests. CEEAS will support each agency to become a official CLEP test center.

In addition, CEEAS will support the selection of a teacher or staff member from each site to act as a site coordinator. These site coordinators will facilitate the program, assist students in their study preparation, and lead college awareness activities. Site coordinators will have the opportunity to earn a stipend from CEEAS.

The goal of this program is for students to earn transferrable college credit by passing CLEP exams, to increase their Accuplacer or SAT scores, to complete all required admission and financial aid preparation while they are held in confinement, and to successfully transition to college (full or part-time) upon release.

There is no fee to participate in College Now. However, agencies and their education partners must commit to fully participate. Applications to join College Now in time to participate in our next round of course offerings are due Friday, June 30th.

We are greatly excited about this opportunity, and hope you are too. Please help us spread the word, and we look forward to receiving your applications!

College Now is made possible through the support of the College Board.

Learn more & complete your application here.

Opening of our second school, this time in the Orleans Justice Center: We are looking for a great principal to join us! Click here for more information on the position.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 12:33 PM

Nine Finalists Selected for the 2017 PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Awards Overcame Seemingly Insurmountable Challenges

 

Challenges facing staff and leaders working in juvenile justice facilities can seem daunting: getting kids to stop fighting, convincing staff to use alternatives to room confinement or restraints when kids act out, making staff and kids feel safe and increasing contacts between youths with families. Like standing at the bottom of a tall mountain ready to hike to the summit but not being to see the top because it’s in the clouds. Too far away, too complicated to find, too difficult to reach.

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” -Nelson Mandela

Yet the nine finalists selected for the 2017 Performance-based Standards (PbS) Barbara Allen-Hagen Award took on those challenges and achieved their goals. They overcame resistance to change and made believers out of skeptics. They looked at obstacles such as limited resources as opportunities and patiently implemented new policies, practices, trainings and programming. They did what many think is impossible: changed facility cultures to be free of fighting, managed behavior with healthy, nurturing staff-youth relationships, made everyone feel safe and welcomed families for visits, treatment meetings and events.

Congratulations to the PbS teams at:

Correction Category Finalists:

  • Ferris School, Delaware Division of Youth Rehabilitative Services
  • Pine Hills Youth Correctional Facility, Montana Department of Corrections, Youth Services Division
  • Southwest Utah Youth Center-Long Term, Utah Division of Juvenile Justice Services

Detention/Assessment Category Finalists:

  • Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center, Covington, LA
  • Nampa-Observation and Assessment Center, Idaho Department of Juvenile Corrections
  • Stanislaus County Juvenile Hall, Stanislaus County Probation Department, CA

Community Residential Category Finalists:

  • Grace Cottage, Delaware Division of Youth Rehabilitative Services
  • Mowlds Cottage, Delaware Division of Youth Rehabilitative Services
  • Snowden Cottage, Delaware Division of Youth Rehabilitative Services

This is a special group of finalists. For the first time in the PbS award’s 11-year history, the applications were so good that PbS could not select just nine from the pool of nearly 30 so added an additional round of judging of 16 semi-finalists before selecting the finalists. The nine finalists represent some of the very best work done across the country by PbS facilities to implement the adolescent development approach and exemplify PbS’ vision to treat all youths in custody as one of our own.

Congratulations to all!

One winner in each category will be selected by the PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Award Committee and honored at the PbS State/Agency Coordinator Training and CJCA and PbS Awards Ceremony on Oct. 26 in Chicago. PbS will post a spotlight blog about each finalist's specific efforts to treat all youths in custody as one of our own in the weeks leading up to the ceremony. Please look for these inspiring stories and join us in honoring those who decided to set their sights high and persevered to achieve their goals.

This article was originally published on the CJCA blog.

Friday, June 16, 2017 at 3:29 PM

Ohio Youth on Parole and Families Benefit from Free Aftercare Hotline

 

Message from Ohio DYS Director Harvey Reed

Recently the Bureau of Parole launched a free, 24/7 aftercare hotline for youth and their families. By calling 1-877-244-1245, paroled youth and their families can be linked with services.

"I’m proud of our parole staff for wanting to add another tool to assist youth who are transitioning back into the community,” said Steve Curl, Bureau Chief of Parole. "Youth returning home have struggled with finding accessible services. Parole staff certainly help connect youth to many community resources, and now the Aftercare Hotline empowers youth and families to link to services at their own initiation.”

Juvenile parole officers establish relationships with youth in the facilities from the very beginning of their stay at DYS. Upon release, parole staff make contact with youth within 24 hours. Among other topics covered at this first exchange, including how to reach the parole officer, information on the Aftercare Hotline will be provided.

The Aftercare Hotline is easy to use and includes prompts in both English and Spanish. When calling the hotline, users will receive a menu of options to receive assistance for a variety of needs. It is important to note that the Hotline is neither a replacement for 911 emergency services nor a switchboard to DYS staff.

Youth and their families will receive helpful information and referrals to numerous resources throughout the state. The service is non-judgmental, confidential, and free. In a crisis, youth and families need help fast, and this new hotline helps with exactly that.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at 9:26 AM

Developing Service Delivery Systems for Evaluations of Juveniles’ Competence to Stand Trial: A Guide for States and Counties

 

In partnership with National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice (NCMHJJ) and with funding from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the National Youth Screening and Assessment Partners (NYSAP) has released Developing Service Delivery Systems for Evaluations of Juveniles’ Competence to Stand Trial: A Guide for States and Counties.

The purpose of the guide is to help states or counties develop a forensic evaluation system (FES) for providing courts evaluations of juveniles’ competence to stand trial (JCST). An FES for JCST evaluations has three components that are described in the guide’s three modules:

  • Module 1: Developing a JCST Evaluation Service Delivery System
  • Module 2: Creating Evaluation Standards
  • Module 3: Quality Control: Developing a Process to Apply the Standards

Read the full guide.

Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 11:54 AM

14 Performances Advance to Finalist Round in 2017 Talent Contest

 

Congratulations to the 14 finalists of the 2017 PbS Kids Got Talent Contest and thank you to the numerous facility staff and agency leaders who supported all 109 contestants. Giving youths opportunities to shine, be recognized for doing something positive and feel good about themselves is one of the key tenets of the research-based developmental approach now reforming juvenile justice systems across the country. It’s not always the easiest or most intuitive thing to do, in facilities or families, as parenting my own three adolescents/young adult children has shown me.

Yet, more than 100 youths got the chance recently to do just that. Staff and leaders in 26 juvenile facilities and residential programs in 16 states created opportunities for youths to sing, dance, read poetry, play instruments, perform card trick and show off basketball skills and be recorded for submission to the Talent Contest. One state, the Ohio Department of Youth Services, created an agency-wide competition including even more youths and those winners were selected to be the national competitors. The Kansas Department of Corrections Juvenile Services agency submitted a total of 19 entries including boys and girls.

This is the third year PbS has held the national talent competition and each year we have received an increasing number of contestants. The performances are all wonderful and I’ve realized the contest is not so much about talent but about providing a chance for the youths to be recognized for having special gifts and pursuing their passions.

The competition was tough. After careful review and deliberation, 14 finalists have been selected and passed on to the PbS Kids Got Talent Contest judges to select the winner. Congratulations to:

  • Eric M., Central Oklahoma Juvenile Center, Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs
  • Puamelia O., Echo Glen Children’s Center, Washington Juvenile Justice and Rehabilitation Administration
  • La’Lisa H., Geneva Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Center, Nebraska Office of Protection and Safety
  • Marc D., IYC-Chicago, Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice
  • Zyronta T, Marjuan B., Javeon P., IYC-Pere Marquette, Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice
  • Aurora K., Sebastion G., Terrell A., IYC-Warrenville, Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice
  • Derrius W., Kansas Juvenile Correctional Complex, Department of Corrections, Juvenile Services
  • Paul T., Kansas Juvenile Correctional Complex, Department of Corrections, Juvenile Services
  • Xavier V., Kearney Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Center, Nebraska Office of Protection and Safety
  • Korbin C., North Coast Youth Correctional Facility, Oregon Youth Authority
  • Austin N., Brendon B., Charles J., Jeremiah F., Dustin W., Danny S., Rogue Valley Youth Correctional Facility, Oregon Youth Authority
  • Zachary G., Tanner C., Kenneth Rubenstein Juvenile Center, West Virginia Division of Juvenile Services
  • Andrew N., Southwest Utah Youth Center-Long Term, Utah Division of Juvenile Justice Services

PbS will publish a series of blogs featuring each of our finalists over the coming months and the winner of this years’ contest will be announced prior to the 2017 CJCA and PbS Awards Night in October where he or she will be invited to perform live.

Stay tuned!

This article was originally published on the CJCA blog.

Monday, May 22, 2017 at 3:07 PM

PbS Announces Semi-Finalists for the 2017 Barbara Allen-Hagen Award

 

This year’s applications for the 2017 PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Award were truly the most difficult to judge to date.

Nearly 30 applications were received describing inspiring stories of successful reforms and demonstrating leadership and commitment to treating all youths in custody as one of our own, the overarching criteria to be selected a winner. The applications were so strong that PbS could not narrow the field down to just nine finalists after the first round of review as has been done the last ten years of the award. Instead, PbS is proud to announce 16 semi-finalists will advance to the next round and compete to become a finalist. The winners will be selected from the pool of finalists, three in each of the facility categories: correction, detention/assessment and community residential.

The first review of the applications was done internally using a weighted scoring process that considered each application question response and the overall application quality. Seven correction applications and six detention/assessment applications were too close to call and thus, the new round of semi-finalists was created. Only three applications were received for the community residential category and all three will advance as semi-finalists.

The applications this year focused on improving a range of topics from increasing safety to reducing restraints to increasing family participation and family survey rates. The semi-finalists based their improvement strategies on research and evidence-based practices, included staff and youths and established meaningful communications within the facility or program. They showed creative use of limited resources, reaching out to the community and recognizing successes. The semi-finalists are:

Correction:

  • Ferris School, Delaware Division of Youth Rehabilitative Services
  • Juvenile Corrections Center-St. Anthony, Idaho Department of Juvenile Corrections
  • Kansas Juvenile Correctional Center-West Female, Department of Corrections, Juvenile Services
  • Pine Hills Youth Correctional Facility, Montana Department of Corrections, Youth Services Division
  • Southwest Utah Youth Center-Long Term, Utah Division of Juvenile Justice Services
  • Stanislaus Juvenile Commitment Facility, Stanislaus County Probation Department, CA
  • Woodside-Treatment, Vermont Department for Children and Families

Detention/Assessment:

  • Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center, LA
  • Hadley Assessment, Massachusetts Department of Youth Services
  • Nampa-Observation and Assessment, Idaho Department of Juvenile Corrections
  • Sacramento County Youth Detention Facility, Sacramento County Probation Department, CA
  • Southwest Utah Youth Center-Detention, Utah Division of Juvenile Justice Services
  • Stanislaus County Juvenile Hall, Stanislaus County Probation Department, CA

Community Residential:

  • Grace Cottage, Delaware Division of Youth Rehabilitative Services
  • Mowlds Cottage, Delaware Division of Youth Rehabilitative Services
  • Snowden Cottage, Delaware Division of Youth Rehabilitative Services

Stay tuned to find out which facilities move on to become finalists!

The 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 which 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.

This article was originally published on the CJCA blog.

Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 12:51 PM

Celebrating Outstanding Ongoing Achievements

 

Every field seems to have its own version of the Oscars. Some of the best known are the Emmy Awards for television, the Tony Awards for theater and the Grammy Awards for music and recording. All three recognize the best performers in the fields and were modeled after the Oscars, which were first presented in 1929. Sports, literature, technology, automotive, painting, photography, hospitality, leadership and more all have awards and winners, national and local competitions. I can’t think of many fields that don’t offer some sort of recognition.

There is something about awards that appeals to everyone. Cuba Gooding Jr.’s 1997 acceptance speech for winning the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor is one of my favorite examples of why I like awards: it made me (and most people in the room and watching on TV) smile, laugh, tear a little bit, tingle with excitement, clap and get totally caught up in his enthusiasm and joy. He kept going well after the house band started to play him off and when he did leave the stage, the whole room was standing. He raised the bar for future acceptance speeches.

When PbS was selected as a winner of the 2004 Innovations in American Government Award, the press release from the Ash Institute of Democratic Governance and Innovation called it “the Oscars” for government agencies and programs. The award was started in 1985 to recognize exemplary models of government innovation and advances to address the nation’s most pressing public concerns. At the ceremony, none of the winners jumped around the stage with excitement like Cuba Gooding Jr. did, but the whole room was charged with enthusiasm and joy. I couldn’t help from getting swept up in it all. I was as happy and proud of PbS as I was inspired by everyone in the room. The feeling spread to all PbS participants. There were press releases, celebrations and local recognitions as well as a renewed energy to keep up the good work.

These are just some of the reasons PbS offers five different types of annual awards.

The application period has just closed on two 2017 PbS awards: the Barbara Allen-Hagen Award for facilities best exemplifying PbS’ commitment to treating all youths as one of our own and the Kids Got Talent Contest recognizing the talents of youths in PbS facilities and programs. I’m pleased but not surprised to see the number of submissions for both competitions are far greater than last year and came from 23 states (two-thirds of PbS’ states), many of whom applied for both. This year’s Kids Got Talent Contest is the most competitive yet – 91 videos of singing, dancing, spoken word, instrumentals and more.

The winners will be celebrated in style in October. As in past years, there will be smiles, laughter, some tears and lots of clapping and cheering. I look forward to being caught up in all that enthusiasm and joy.

Watch the video of the 2016 PbS Awards Night.

This article was originally published on the CJCA blog.

Friday, April 7, 2017 at 4:39 PM

National Recognition of Staff and Youths from the Barbara Allen-Hagen Award

 

The recognition of the Central Oklahoma Justice Center (COJC) as the 2016 Barbara Allen-Hagen award correction facility winner represented a milestone moment for our agency. One of the daily barometers for understanding the significance of this recognition is the faces of the youth and staff at COJC and how proud they are in winning the Barbara Allen-Hagen Award. Public recognition for the staff that the culture change they have been asked to embrace is recognized and valued.

Being a nationally recognized program brought NBA star Dwight Howard’s D12 Foundation with the Muhammad Ali Center to COJC. Howard wanted to visit Juvenile facilities but not just any facility, facilities that are known to treat kids with respect and offer progressive programming. The I am Second Foundation premiered their movie at COJC about the life of Rap star Gene “No Malice” Thornton AKA “Malicious” and how he turned his life around. We have also received visits and inquiries from juvenile justice departments throughout the country. The dedicated staff have continued to build relationships, engage families and the administration has continued to improve safety measures across the entire facility for the youth we serve.

The award sends a signal to the families of the young men we care for at COJC that their children will be treated with respect and that we value their safety and long term success.

We have already started on winning the second one.

This message from Office of Juvenile Affairs Executive Director Steven Buck is part of a series of interviews with past Barbara Allen-Hagen Award winners. PbS participants may sign in to pbstandards.org to fill out an application. Applications for the 2017 Barbara Allen-Hagen Award will be accepted until March 31, 2017.

This article was originally published on the CJCA blog.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 4:58 PM

Not All Heroes Wear Capes

 

Sports fans know Dwight Howard as Superman for donning a red cape at the 2008 Slam Dunk Contest and winning with superhuman dunks. He became PbS’ superhero last year by inspiring youths in facilities to be their best. Last month, PbS got to say thanks.

In 2016 Dwight Howard spent a day at each of two PbS facilities, Central Oklahoma Juvenile Center (COJC) and the Philadelphia Juvenile Justice Services Center, amongst several he visited while traveling and playing basketball. He wanted to share his story to motivate and help youths facing challenges. And, he wanted to visit facilities that were helping youths. The D12 Foundation found PbS on the internet in an article announcing COJC was a finalist in the Barbara Allen-Hagen Award competition for best exemplifying PbS’ commitment to treat all youths as one of our own and called.

According to staff and youths lucky enough to be present, the visits were life-changing, inspiring, thrilling, awesome and really cool. On a rare day off during the season, Dwight took his time to talk to all youths, small groups of youths and individuals while visiting. He shared the powerful message central to the D12 Foundation’s efforts to promote education, literacy and youth leadership: get educated, give back to the community, stay away from drug use and trouble, be respectful, stand up to peer pressure and bullying.

Then, when he called about help visiting in Philadelphia, he agreed to heighten the recognition of the PbS Kids Got Talent Contest by serving as a judge. PbS received 85 entries, a fifty percent increase from the previous year, the first of the contest. Two of the entries were youths shooting hoops. Dwight sent all the finalists an autographed certificate.

Finally on Feb. 27, 2017 on behalf of PbS, I got to say thank you. He was in Boston. It was an hour or so before the opening tip of the game between his Atlanta Hawks and the Boston Celtics. He had just warmed up for about 30 minutes with precise shots around the three-point area. He took his earbuds out and walked over to the sideline to Laura Chauvin of Sustainable Philanthropy Partners and link to Dwight and the D12 Foundation. She introduced me and PbS. He nodded in recognition and lowered the top half of his 6 foot, 11-inch frame to shake my hand and hear my thanks. He was kind, sincere and compassionate. Dwight said he really enjoyed the visits, spending time and talking directly with the youths. He wants them to know they can do something positive with their lives and work hard to be who they want to be. He said he would continue his efforts to inspire hope and care about youths facing challenges. Then he posed for pictures with a wide smile.

In the very early years of when the Superman cartoons were adapted to the screen, Superman’s father told him to use his powers “in the interests of truth, tolerance and justice.” Superman Dwight Howard uses those powers and more to help youths be their best.

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This article was originally published on the CJCA blog.

Monday, March 27, 2017 at 12:45 PM

The Barbara Allen-Hagen Award Embraces Teamwork and Community

 

Winning the 2016 Barbara Allen-Hagen Award solidified for the Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center’s (FPJDC) staff and the stakeholders of our region, that our detention center continues to operate at a demonstrable level of excellence. The center’s mission has always been to provide a safe environment for juveniles requiring secure residential detention services, while meeting their social, physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual needs. However, these are basic tenants that don’t necessarily promulgate a sense of striving for excellence or best-practice. This operationally excellent mindset is what prompted FPJDC to engage with PbS over 8 years ago, to seek out best-practices, and to also share with other agencies the best-practices we already had in place.

Our work on improving the conditions of confinement for youth in detention is spectacularly exemplified in the BAH Award video of our facility; a video that has left an lasting impression on many of the practitioners and citizens of this area, as well as having garnered visits and inquiries from juvenile justice departments of various states throughout the country. PbS executive staff and contractors worked for several days interviewing staff and capturing the visual essence of our programming model. The end result is a visually stunning portrayal of the work conducted by a, now nationally recognized, juvenile detention center.

From the teamwork of all FPJDC staff, by way of the execution of each Facility Improvement Plan to the development and submission of our BAH Award entry, this agency has grown professionally. Winning this award is a testament to the pursuing of a vision through hard work and then netting positive results. We embrace this success and present it as one more story to share within our industry, in hopes of inspiring other agencies and their youth care workers to foster a desire of improving detention services for the kids and citizenry of their communities.

This message from Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center Executive Director Joey Dominick is part of a series of interviews with past Barbara Allen-Hagen Award winners. PbS participants may sign in to pbstandards.org to fill out an application. Applications for the 2017 Barbara Allen-Hagen Award will be accepted until March 31, 2017.

This article was originally published on the CJCA blog.

Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 6:19 PM

Positive Impacts of the Barbara Allen-Hagen Award

 

The Barbara Allen-Hagen Award is the highest honor for a juvenile facility that is committed to improving the quality of life for the youth that it serves. If we were thrilled in 2012 when Cuyahoga Hills Juvenile Correctional Facility was bestowed this honor, then it is difficult to find words to describe the exhilaration we experienced in 2015 when we learned that the same facility was the first ever to receive this national award for a second time.

Winning the award twice has significantly affirmed the staff at the facility for the incredible work they do. Local, state, national, and even international recognition has resulted in networking opportunities and the chance to share with other jurisdictions. The honor has boosted culture while promoting staff buy-in of initiatives and sustainability of progress made. What’s more, it has furthered our dedication and determination to rely on data to shape our plans to improve outcomes for youth.

We’re grateful to be bestowed the honor twice. While we have submitted applications that have not resulted in awards, the process itself is valuable in that it demonstrates that the administration supports and believes in its staff. Through the Barbara Allen-Hagen Award, PbS has created an opportunity for corrections and community programs to help countless youth benefit from an improved environment, one that we would want for our own children. There’s no doubt this has given families peace of mind knowing that their youth reside in a facility that has been recognized for continuously improving conditions of confinement and quality of life.

This message from Ohio Department of Youth Services Director Harvey Reed is the first in a series of interviews with past Barbara Allen-Hagen Award winners. PbS participants may sign in to pbstandards.org to fill out an application. Applications for the 2017 Barbara Allen-Hagen Award will be accepted until March 31, 2017.

This article was originally published on the CJCA blog.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 5:43 PM

Department of Education Releases Resources To Support Justice-Involved Youth Transition

 

The U.S. Department of Education announced the release of new guides and resources to help justice-involved youth successfully transition back to traditional school settings and avoid recidivism. The resources include a guide written for incarcerated youth, a newly updated transition toolkit and resource guide for practitioners in juvenile justice facilities, a document detailing education programs in juvenile justice facilities from the most recent Civil Rights Data Collection, and a website that provides technical assistance to support youth with disabilities transitioning out of juvenile justice facilities. The resources supplement the Department’s joint guidance with the U.S. Department of Justice to improve school climate and reduce the school-to-prison pipeline.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 10:59 AM

Juvenile Residential Facility Census, 2014: Selected Findings

 

In October 2014, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) administered the eighth Juvenile Residential Facility Census (JRFC). JRFC began in 2000 with data collections occurring every other year. JRFC routinely collects data on how facilities operate and the services they provide. It includes questions on facility ownership and operation, security, capacity and crowding, and injuries and deaths in custody. The census also collects supplementary information each year on specific services, such as mental and physical health, substance abuse, and education.

This bulletin presents selected findings from the 2014 survey.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at 11:05 AM

Juvenile Justice & Behavioral Health Learning Community Opportunity

 

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), in concert with the National Technical Assistance Network for Children's Behavioral Health, is pleased to announce a Learning Community meeting to take place on May 4, 2016 at 2:00PM EDT. The meeting will guide participants through identifying and addressing behavioral health needs in juvenile justice residential settings. Assessment tools, instruments, and screening processes will be discussed, as well as several strategic service delivery structures in those same settings.

For more information, download the event flyer or register now.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 10:25 AM