Congratulations to the 2015 PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Award Winners

Posted by Kim Godfrey
August 15, 2015

The Performance-based Standards Learning Institute (PbS) honored the winners of the 2015 PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Award last night at the PbS 20th Anniversary Celebration and Awards Gala in Indianapolis. The winners were recognized for best exemplifying PbS’ commitment to treating all youths in custody as one of our own. Three winners were selected, one from each of the different types of residential facilities participating in PbS: correction facilities, detention/assessment centers and community-based programs. More than 40 facilities from across the country competed for the awards.

The 2015 PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Award winners are:

  • Correction: Cuyahoga Hills Juvenile Correctional Facility, Highland Hills, OH
  • Detention/Assessment: Muskegon River Youth Center, Ladoga, IN
  • Community-based: South Hadley Girls Treatment Program, South Hadley, MA

The winners were selected for changing facility cultures and practices that focused more on punishment into environments where staff and youths work together to help the youth learn and grow. Staff in the winning facilities treat youths as developing adolescents with limitless potential and focus on increasing their academic and vocational skills, connecting them to family and community resources so when they leave, the youths have been given the best possible chances to succeed.

“This year’s winners have embraced the science and research showing that when kids are treated like kids, given opportunities to do the right thing, supported in a safe and nurturing environment and engaged in meaningful strengths-based programming, everyone wins,” said PbS Executive Director Kim Godfrey. “The winners took the developmental approach and operationalized it in residential settings. They changed from using practices that don’t help youths, specifically isolation and punishment-driven behavior management approaches, to approaches that help youths understand choices and consequences in a way that builds caring, trusting staff-youth relationships. The 2015 winners and finalists are inspirations for all of us.”

PbS is a data-driven improvement model grounded in research that challenges youth correction, detention, assessment and community-based facilities and agencies to treat all youths in custody as one of our own. PbS was launched 20 years ago by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) to address the safety, health and quality of life issues reported in the 1994 Conditions of Confinement Study. Over time, PbS uniquely has established national standards to guide operations and uniform performance outcome measures to continuously, accurately and comprehensively monitor daily practices and cultures in youth facilities.

For more information please visit the PbS website: or contact Executive Director Kim Godfrey at 781-843-2663.