The 2013 Barbara Allen-Hagen Award winners were announced on Thursday, Oct. 10. The award recognizes facilities who best exemplify the core principal of the Performance-based Standards (PbS) program: all youths in custody are treated as one of our own. The winners of the 2013 Barbara Allen-Hagen Award are Pendleton Juvenile Correctional Facility of Pendleton Indiana, Sacramento County Youth Detention Facility of Sacramento, California and Southwest Indiana Regional Youth Village of Vincennes, Indiana.
The ceremony was held at the Chicago Firehouse Restaurant in the heart of Chicago. The awards were presented along with the Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators (CJCA) President’s Awards and Outstanding Administrator Award. Members in attendance included directors and other professionals from 41 states. PbS Executive Director Kim Godfrey began the awards ceremony with a presentation about the Barbara Allen-Hagen Award followed by the presentation of awards.
Pendleton Juvenile Correctional Facility was selected as the correction facility winner for their improvement plan that increased family involvement. PbS Coach and Implementation Director Akin Fadeyi introduced Pendleton’s PbS team that included the Division of Youth Services Executive Director Mike Dempsey, PbS State Coordinator Chris Blessinger, Facility Administrator Lynn Commons, Site Coordinator Natalie Walker and team member Kim McGraw. The Pendleton team expressed how appreciative they were for the support and encouragement from their director Mike Dempsey, dubbed the “Jedi Knight” by many.
Sacramento County Youth Detention Facility received the Barbara-Allen Hagen Award in the detention category for reducing the number of times and how long youths were put in room confinement. PbS Coach Russell Jennings introduced the Sacramento PbS team which included Chief Probation Officer Lee Seale, Assistant Chief Probation Officer Mike Shores and PbS Site Coordinator Dawn Isais. During the acceptance of the award, Chief Probation Officer Lee Seale directed much of the recognition to Mike Shores, Dawn Isais and the staff at Sacramento County Youth Detention Facility, stressing that teamwork was the reason for the facility’s success.
The last award of the night was presented to Southwest Indiana Regional Youth Village who won in the new category of residential programs for reducing staff injuries as well as staff’s fear for safety. TJ Brink, Director of Business and Planning Development and Senior Youth Development Specialist Josh Clements accepted the award on behalf of the program along with their State Coordinator Chris Blessinger and Division of Youth Services Executive Director Mike Dempsey. TJ Brink and Josh Clements expressed how excited they were to be at the ceremony and the satisfaction of feeling “official”!
The Barbara-Allen Hagen Award ceremony was truly a night to remember. It was an honor to recognize each of the winners and their tireless efforts to improve conditions for youths and staff.
- Written by Kyrei Miller
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