2015 Finalist Spotlight: Tillamook Youth Correctional Facility

Posted by Lisa Martinek
July 29, 2015

Performance-based Standards (PbS) is pleased to announce Tillamook Youth Correctional Facility (TYCF) in Tillamook, OR as one of the finalists for the 2015 Barbara Allen-Hagen Award in the correction category. The program was selected as a finalist for their improvement plan connecting adult corrections and youth corrections for improved transitional services.

The team at TYCF wanted to work on improving reintegration, but youths were technically adult corrections in TYCF’s custody; therefore, TYCF did not provide aftercare services for them. Although this seemed like a larger problem than what a facility can overcome, the team worked hard and juvenile parole and probation officers work with all youths (whether they are on the juvenile or adult side) to advocate for them while they are in custody. This improvement plan has even assisted other facilities with similar issues.

According to Gary Westoby, PbS State Coordinator, “the key to TYCF’s success can be summed up in two words, networking and communication! OYA is a unique agency with “juveniles” from age 12 up to their 25th birthday. For those agencies with similar dynamics, we would recommend collaborating with your partner agencies and departments to serve the youth completely. This is critical in order for the model to be successful.”

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 Aug. 14, 2015. Stay tuned for more blogs about the finalists.

PbS Site Coordinator John King outside Tillamook Youth Correctional Facility