NCCHC Honors Essex County Juvenile Detention Center as Facility of the Year for 2013

Posted Nov 18, 2013

CHICAGO (Nov. 18, 2013) ­­— The Essex County Juvenile Detention Center has received the Facility of the Year Award for 2013 from the National Commission on Correctional Health Care.

 The Facility of the Year award is presented annually to a facility that has demonstrated excellence in health services delivery, correctional health care professionalism and commitment to continuity of health services and continual quality improvement. This year, the Essex County Juvenile Detention Center in New Jersey stood out from more than 500 eligible jails, prisons and juvenile confinement facilities. The Essex County Juvenile Detention Center, which has been accredited by NCCHC since 2004, has been awarded back-to-back perfect compliance scores by NCCHC. At the Essex County Juvenile Detention Center, residents also receive schooling and training which emphasize personal responsibility, job training, and mentoring to help them transition back into society and reduce recidivism.

“We are delighted to honor Essex County Juvenile Detention Center for its demonstrated dedication to national standards, health care and improvement in outcomes for the young people in its care,” said Edward Harrison, CCHP, NCCHC president and CEO. “From its vantage of having seen health care delivered in correctional facilities all over the country, NCCHC is pleased to recognize Essex County Juvenile Detention Center as demonstrating outstanding performance this year.”



EDITOR NOTE: Photos are available from the presentation ceremony.

About the National Commission on Correctional Health Care

NCCHC is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization working to improve the quality of care in our nation’s jails, prisons, and juvenile detention and confinement facilities. NCCHC establishes standards for health services in correctional facilities; operates a voluntary accreditation program for institutions that meet these standards; produces and disseminates resource publications; provides technical assistance; offers a quality review program; conducts educational trainings and conferences; and offers a certification program for correctional health professionals. NCCHC is supported by the major national organizations representing the fields of health, law and corrections. Each of these organizations has named a representative to the NCCHC Board of Directors.

NCCHC Supporting Organizations: Academy of Correctional Health Professionals, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Physician Assistants, American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, American Association of Public Health Physicians, American Bar Association, American College of Emergency Physicians, American College of Healthcare Executives, American College of Neuropsychiatrists, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American College of Physicians, American College of Preventive Medicine, American Correctional Health Services Association, American Counseling Association, American Dental Association, American Health Information Management Association, American Jail Association, American Medical Association, American Nurses Association, American Osteopathic Association, American Pharmacists Association, American Psychiatric Association, American Psychological Association, American Public Health Association, American Society of Addiction Medicine, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, International Association for Correctional and Forensic Psychology, National Association of Counties, National Association of County and City Health Officials, National Association of Social Workers, National Medical Association, National Partnership for Juvenile Services, National Sheriffs' Association, Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine and Society of Correctional Physicians.


For more information:

Kimberly Sterling, Director of Marketing, NCCHC, 1145 Diversey Ave., Chicago, IL 60614