Reflections of a BAH Winner: Pendleton JCF (IN)

Posted by Kyrei Miller
May 26, 2014

Performance-based Standards (PbS) created the Barbara Allen-Hagen Award (BAH) to honor one correction, one detention/assessment and one community-based residential program who successfully use PbS’ national standards and self-improvement process to achieve positive outcomes for youths, staff and families.

Pendleton Juvenile Correctional Facility (PJCF), run by Indiana’s Division of Youth Services, won the 2013 BAH award for increasing family engagement through practices such as unlimited visitation, family councils and involving families in treatment planning. PJCF recently shared how the award has continued to impact the facility today and what other facilities can do to submit a successful application.

Receiving the news and the celebration
After receiving the call, PJCF shared the good news with staff, students and the community.As the maximum security juvenile facility in Indiana, the award gave PJCF an opportunity to share positive information about the programs and treatment offered at the facility. Celebrations were held for all staff and students following the news.

The significance of the award
The award was great proof that change is possible using PbS as the tool to help improve conditions of confinement as well as overall culture in the facility. PJCF considers winning the award as a “pat on the back” to all staff for their hard work and commitment to making all the improvements possible. PJCF proudly displays the award at the entrance of the facility for all staff and visitors to see.

The effect on staff and youths
Staff and youth morale increased even before winning the award as a result of the innovative changes that were made at the facility. The award helped to solidify and affirm that the facility was on the right course for improving outcomes for youths in their care.

Sustaining the changes
PJCF now has a line staff PbS committee who are much more involved in the PbS process. The facility does not look at PbS as an October and April event but rather, they have adopted PbS, a data-driven improvement model committed to treating all youths in custody as one of our own, into daily operations throughout the year. PJCF has embedded PbS into everything they do and it is a part of the culture at all levels. Thanks to the award, more and more staff are involved in the PbS process every day.

Tips for facilities and programs applying this year
PJCF emphasizes that facilities should get as many staff involved in PbS as you can because “the more information that staff and students have about PbS, the better.” Communication is also essential so that information can be shared and ideas heard. PJCF stresses that the Facility Improvement Plan (FIP) process is not just for management but line staff should be included in the development and implementation of all improvement plans.

Congratulations again to PJCF and a special thanks to Sacramento County Youth Detention Facility (SCYDF) for also sharing their success with the PbS community. The 2014 BAH application will be released to PbS participants on June 2, 2014.  Please look for more news and announcements on the award!

(L-R) PbS State Coordinator Chris Blessinger, Indiana Division of Youth Services Executive Director Mike Dempsey, PbS team member Kim McGraw, PbS Site Coordinator Natalie Walker, PbS Facility Administrator Lynn Commons, PbS Coach and Implementation Director Akin Fadeyi and PbS Executive Director Kim Godfrey

The PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Award was established in 2007 to honor Barbara-Allen Hagen in her retirement from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). Barbara’s dedication to improving the quality of life for young offenders has helped drive Performance-based Standards (PbS) to its current success.