2017 Barbara Allen-Hagen Award Community Residential Category

Posted by Patricia Rafferty
September 18, 2017

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.

 Grace garden
Garden project outside of Grace Cottage

 Mowlds outside
Outside Mowlds Cottage

 Snowden staff
Dedicated staff members of Snowden Cottage