The Department of Youth Services’ Central Region Reception Center (CRRC) was recently awarded the 2013 Manuel Carballo Governor’s Award for Excellence in Public Service. Presented annually, the Carballo award is given to the top 10 employees or groups of employees who exemplify the highest standards of public service.
In Worcester County, DYS converted the resources of a secure detention program into a community-based alternative; requiring flexibility, a willingness to try a new approach and a totally new work orientation for staff.
As a recognized site for the Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative (JDAI) – a national initiative that supports jurisdictions in reducing the use of secure programs for pre-trial detention youth, the Central Region Reception Center (CRRC) is succeeding in adopting JDAI’s principles of promoting changes in the juvenile justice system in order to:
- reduce reliance on secure confinement;
- improve public safety;
- reduce racial disparities and bias;
- save taxpayers’ dollars; and
- stimulate overall juvenile justice reforms
In 2007, WorcesterCounty faced the highest number of low-level juvenile offenders entering secure detention and since then, detention in WorcesterCounty has decreased 55%. The CRRC has worked closely with the courts, community agencies and foster care systems to reduce the number of detention admissions and has ensured that youth charged with low level offenses are safe, supported and able to return to court for required appearances.
Congratulations to Central Region Reception Center staff for being awarded the 2013 Carballo Award. For a complete list of state-sponsored performance recognition awards and their recipients, click here.
Zakim Goes Green For Mental Health Month posted on May 22
Last year, when Josh Powers saw the Zakim Bridge lit up in blue for autism awareness, he immediately knew what he wanted to do. He wanted to see the bridge lit with green lights to raise awareness around mental health. “I want more people to …Continue Reading Zakim Goes Green For Mental Health Month
Guest Post From Carolyn Graves posted on May 19
Business owner Carolyn Graves, owner of Cakes & Islands, talks about overcoming her physical challenge to realize her sweet dream. I was born deaf. But with the use of hearing aids, I had some hearing. Without them I couldn’t hear anything at all. My parents …Continue Reading Guest Post From Carolyn Graves
DYS Statewide Event Spotlights Youth Success posted on May 14
A common challenge for many adolescents is finding healthy outlets where they can explore their interests in constructive ways. For many youth who come into our care and custody, individual access to healthy outlets can sometimes be a significant challenge. One way the Department of …Continue Reading DYS Statewide Event Spotlights Youth Success