Hartford, CT (PRWEB) November 14, 2012
Community Partners in Action (CPA), a nonprofit organization committed to building community by providing services that promote accountability, dignity and restoration for people affected by the criminal justice system, earned scores of 98.3% on its October 2012 reaccreditation audits for Hamden Secure Community Residential Program for Boys (SAGE) and Washington Street Secure Community Residential Program for Girls (WSSCRP), the agency’s secure juvenile residential programs. CPA is the only private organization in Connecticut that runs juvenile residential programs for youth from the State’s two detention centers.
“We are proud of the high standards that both the SAGE and WSSCRP programs are achieving and of our staff who ensure they run smoothly,” said Maureen Price-Boreland, Executive Director for Community Partners in Action. “Community Partners in Action has a long-standing history of safeguarding the life, health and safety of its staff and clients and we are pleased to be recognized by the American Correctional Association with audit scores that reflect this commitment.”
The American Correctional Association, the oldest and most prestigious correctional membership organization in the U.S., audited the SAGE and WSSCRP programs on 29 mandatory and 323 non-mandatory criteria, which require 100% and 90% compliance, respectively. Both programs were awarded total scores of 98.3%, the highest score the programs are capable of earning given the physical construction of the facilities. This is the first reaccreditation audit for CPA’s SAGE and WSSCRP facilities, which received their initial accreditation in 2009.
The SAGE and WSSCRP secure juvenile residential programs are community-based residential programs for boys and girls, ages 17 and under, respectively. The programs offer clients medical and psychiatric services, education, recreation and supportive counseling. The SAGE and WSSCRP programs are two of five juvenile residential programs operated by CPA, all of which are funded by the Judicial Branch of the State of Connecticut. Enrollees are referred from Connecticut’s Juvenile Court System.
Founded in 1870, the American Correctional Association represents more than 20,000 correctional practitioners across the U.S. and Canada. The Association is the developer of national standards for correctional facilities as well the accreditation process.
To learn more about or to support CPA’s juvenile justice programs, visit http://www.cpa-ct.org.
About Community Partners in Action
Established in 1875, Community Partners in Action (CPA) is a nonprofit organization committed to building community by providing services that promote accountability, dignity and restoration for people affected by the criminal justice system. For more than 135 years, CPA has offered a wide range of programs for adolescents and adults, helping clients to develop transferrable skills and work towards a successful re-entry into society. To learn more about Community Partners in Action, visit http://www.cpa-ct.org.