2015 Barbara Allen-Hagen Award Video Spotlight: Cuyahoga Hills Juvenile Correctional Facility

Posted by Patricia Rafferty
September 01, 2015

Performance-based Standards (PbS) congratulates Cuyahoga Hills Juvenile Correctional Facility (CHJCF) in Highland Hills, OH as the 2015 Barbara Allen-Hagen Award Winner in the correction category. CHJCF was selected as a winner of this award—given to the facility who best develops and implements a plan to improve outcomes—for reducing the amount of time youths spent in isolation by implementing a strength-based behavior management system.

This year, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of PbS, the winners also received a video about their facility and improvements.

The video provides a close look at the innovative programs and committed staff at CHJCF and highlights the transition from a correctional environment to one focused on treatment, where they provide programming to keep youths busy all day.

Program Administrator II and PbS Site Coordinator Angie Wurgler said of the facility’s improvements: “We do so many things here now. The programming has just blossomed.” The video features various positive programs including yoga and relaxation classes, education and job programs, and the hands-on garden program. Additionally featured are the Baby Elmo program, for incarcerated fathers to visit and bond with their young children, and another called Freedom School, a unique and fun program to teach the youths how to read while promoting positive self-expression.

Superintendent and PbS Facility Administrator Chris Freeman said: “The secret is getting everybody involved. All in. That’s our motto.” This was evident at the awards ceremony, with a table full of additional staff and support from Ohio, who watched the video and acceptance speeches with pride and tears in their eyes.

This is the second Barbara Allen-Hagen award for Cuyahoga Hills Juvenile Correctional Facility, a PbS member since October 2006. In 2011, CHJCF was awarded for its facility improvement plan on reducing youth injuries, assaults and fights. Congratulations to Cuyahoga Hills Juvenile Correctional Facility for a job well done and your continual commitment to treating all youths in custody as one of your own.