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The Massachusetts Department of Youth Services (DYS) was nationally recognized by the Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators (CJCA) for excellence in residential youth programming and exemplary leadership.

Left to right: Executive Director of PbS, Kim Godfrey, Worcester Secure Treatment Assistant Program Director, Patrick Smith accepts the Barbara Allen-Hagen Award on behalf of the WST program, PbS Coach, Dave Crowley, and DYS Commissioner, Peter Forbes.

Left to right: Executive Director of PbS, Kim Godfrey, Worcester Secure Treatment Assistant Program Director, Patrick Smith accepts the Barbara Allen-Hagen Award on behalf of the WST program, PbS Coach, Dave Crowley, and DYS Commissioner, Peter Forbes.

DYS staff at the Worcester Secure Treatment, a DYS hardware residential center for boys, won the 2014  CJCA Barbara Allen-Hagen Award for creating programming that builds strong ties with families of youth in residential treatment. The Worcester Secure Treatment Center was selected from close to 40 juvenile facilities from across the United States for their successful implementation of Performance-based Standards’ (PbS) national standards and self-improvement processes to achieve positive outcomes for youths, staff and families.

 

“The winning facilities show how successful and sustainable juvenile justice reforms combine leadership, commitment, creativity and resources. The winners addressed difficult culture changes: reducing isolation, integrating families into youths’ rehabilitation and creating a team approach to discipline to eliminate youths’ sense of unfairness and build positive staff-youth relationships.”  ~ PbS Learning Institute Executive Director Kim Godfrey.

Through the PbS Standards and as part of the DYS Strategic Plan, Worcester Secure Treatment worked to bridge the gap between youth, their families, staff and community partners, initiating new models on youth and family engagement, revising  behavioral management systems to focus on positive incentives, and creating a culture built on the youths’ strengths. Residents at the Worcester Secure Treatment greatly benefited from increased opportunities to visit with their families during treatment, who acted as partners in youths’ residential treatment planning. In order to accommodate and engage with families, the Worcester Secure Treatment team offered clinical family sessions with flexible scheduling as well as monthly family events to keep families engaged.

DYS Commissioner Forbes (center) receives the CJCA 2014 President’s Award. Also pictured: CJCA Executive Director, Edward Loughran and North Dakota Director for the Division of Juvenile Services to the left, and Idaho Director of the Department of Juvenile Corrections, Sharon Harrigeld.

DYS Commissioner Forbes (center) receives the CJCA 2014 President’s Award. Also pictured: CJCA Executive Director, Edward Loughran and North Dakota Director for the Division of Juvenile Services to the left, and Idaho Director of the Department of Juvenile Corrections, Sharon Harrigeld.

In addition, DYS Commissioner Peter J. Forbes received the 2014 CJCA President’s Award for his committed leadership to implementing positive youth development practices, reducing room confinement, and fostering a collaborative forum for learning. A long-standing employee,  Commissioner Forbes began his career with DYS as a direct-care worker in 1983 and this national honor recognizes his  “exceptional leadership in his jurisdiction,” according to CJCA Executive Director, Edward Loughran.

About Performance-based Standards:

PbS is a data-driven improvement model used in 32 states to ensure the highest quality of life for young offenders in residential facilities. PbS was launched 20 years ago by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) and is operated by the CJCA’s PbS Learning Institute (PbS Li).

About the Department of Youth Services:

As the juvenile justice agency for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Department of Youth Services promotes positive change in the youth in our care and custody. Our mission is to make communities safer by improving the life outcomes for youth in our care.  We achieve our mission through investing in highly qualified staff and a service continuum that engages youth, families and communities in strategies that support positive youth development.

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