Performance-based Standards (PbS) is excited for the 2015 PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Awards Ceremony this Friday where the winners of the award will be announced and celebrated. The awards ceremony is taking place in conjunction with PbS’ 20th anniversary in Indianapolis.
All nine finalists addressed significant challenges facing facility leaders and staff to improve outcomes for youths, staff and families.
Correction Facility Category:
- Central Oklahoma Juvenile Center adopted a treatment-oriented approach rather than a correctional model, which resulted in a large decrease of injuries to youths and staff.
- Cuyahoga Hills Juvenile Correctional Facility reduced the amount of time youths spent in isolation by implementing a strength-based behavior management system.
- Tillamook Youth Correctional Facility connected adult corrections and youth corrections for improved transitional services, which has even helped other facilities with similar issues.
Detention and Assessment Centers Category:
- Greene County Juvenile Detention Center listened to what youths were saying and made partnerships with other programs to reduce the use of isolation and room confinement.
- Muskegon River Youth Center decreased the amount of time youths spent in isolation by 72% through incident reviews.
- Southwest Utah Youth Center-Detention increased volunteer programming at the facility by reaching out to community organizations.
Community-based Residential Programs Category:
- South Hadley Girls Treatment Program incorporated positive youth development into all aspects of their programming, which resulted in more positive youth perceptions.
- White’s Residential and Family Services decreased injuries to youths and reduced fear for safety by creating Campus Life Specialist positions to work with youths in crisis.
- Youth Opportunity Center held a focus group to identify and address concerns that were leading to youth and staff fear for safety.
Stay tuned to find out which of these amazing facilities and programs win the 2015 award on Friday night!
- Written by Lisa Martinek
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