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Jetson Center for Youth Recommended for ACA Accreditation

08/26/2011

Jetson Center for Youth Recommended for ACA Accreditation

Jetson Center for Youth will be recommended for accreditation by the American Correctional Association (ACA) after an exhaustive audit this week that found the facility 100 percent compliant on 367 separate standards.

A team of ACA auditors found the facility to be in 100 percent compliance on 38 mandatory standards and 100 percent compliant on 329 non-mandatory standards.  Staff must still appear before the ACA Commission on Accreditation for Corrections who will make the final award of reaccreditation at the annual conference.   

Accreditation is valid for three years.  Jetson was last re-accredited in 2003, when it achieved 98.9 percent compliance.     

The 38 mandatory and 329 non-mandatory standards cover all aspects of the facility, including treatment, safety, medical and mental health care, as well as environmental factors. 

One of ACA auditors said that all the files showed the facility’s documentation was in order, but a thorough walk-through of the facility proved that the procedures documented in the files were also in practice and in place throughout the facility.  
“Jetson has come a long way in a short period of time, and I am very pleased that the auditors’ findings bear that out,” said OJJ Deputy Secretary Dr. Mary Livers.  “The Jetson team under the direction of Director Daron Brown has worked hard – meeting the standards for accreditation does not happen overnight.  Jetson’s staff  adheres to high standards and they strive daily day to meet our mission.  I am very proud of the staff and youth at Jetson.”

OJJ Deputy Assistant Secretary-Facilities Sean Hamilton said, “I am very proud of Jetson Director Daron Brown, who has led his staff, and the youth in their care, to this singular milestone.  ACA accreditation is the hallmark of professionalism and is a powerful testament, by an outside third party, to the excellent work being done at Jetson.”

Jetson Director Daron Brown noted that it takes a full team to achieve accreditation. “The Jetson team has worked together continuously to make our operation the best it can be.  We have overcome challenges and showed that we have pride in our facility and in our work.  Our staff knows that in order to meet our mission, everyone must be fully engaged and committed to excellence.  My thanks to the entire staff, and our youth, for working together to achieve accreditation.”

OJJ’s Community-Based Services (Probation and Parole) unit was re-accredited by ACA at its annual conference last month, attaining 100 percent on all applicable standards.  OJJ’s central office was accredited in 2009.   Swanson Center for Youth in Monroe underwent an accreditation audit and was recommended for ACA accreditation in July.

 ACA is the oldest and largest correctional association in the world, serving all disciplines within the profession, and dedicated to excellence. ACA’s greatest strength is development of national standards and implementation of the accreditation process. Through accreditation, agencies are able to maintain a balance between protecting the public and providing an environment that safeguards the life, health and safety of staff and offenders.  ACA standards reflect practical, up-to-date policies and procedures, and function as a management tool for over 1,500 correctional agencies throughout the nation.