The Barbara Allen-Hagen Award Embraces Teamwork and Community

Posted by Joseph Dominick
March 23, 2017

Winning the 2016 Barbara Allen-Hagen Award solidified for the Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center’s (FPJDC) staff and the stakeholders of our region, that our detention center continues to operate at a demonstrable level of excellence.

BAH2016FPJDCThe FPJDC team with PbS Coach Lois Jenkins at the PbS Awards Night in 2016

The center’s mission has always been to provide a safe environment for juveniles requiring secure residential detention services, while meeting their social, physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual needs. However, these are basic tenants that don’t necessarily promulgate a sense of striving for excellence or best-practice. This operationally excellent mindset is what prompted FPJDC to engage with PbS over 8 years ago, to seek out best-practices, and to also share with other agencies the best-practices we already had in place.

Our work on improving the conditions of confinement for youth in detention is spectacularly exemplified in the BAH Award video of our facility; a video that has left an lasting impression on many of the practitioners and citizens of this area, as well as having garnered visits and inquiries from juvenile justice departments of various states throughout the country. PbS executive staff and contractors worked for several days interviewing staff and capturing the visual essence of our programming model. The end result is a visually stunning portrayal of the work conducted by a, now nationally recognized, juvenile detention center.

From the teamwork of all FPJDC staff, by way of the execution of each Facility Improvement Plan to the development and submission of our BAH Award entry, this agency has grown professionally. Winning this award is a testament to the pursuing of a vision through hard work and then netting positive results. We embrace this success and present it as one more story to share within our industry, in hopes of inspiring other agencies and their youth care workers to foster a desire of improving detention services for the kids and citizenry of their communities.

This message from Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center Executive Director Joey Dominick is part of a series of interviews with past Barbara Allen-Hagen Award winners. PbS participants may sign in to pbstandards.org to fill out an application. Applications for the 2017 Barbara Allen-Hagen Award will be accepted until March 31, 2017.