NCCHC Program of the Year Award


This award recognizes programs of excellence among the thousands provided by accredited prisons, jails and juvenile facilities.

Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center Ambassador Program

The Ambassador program is part of a cognitive behavioral therapy program and the highest level of achievement a resident of the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center can earn. A maximum of 10 residents are hand-picked for the program based on a competitive application process and evidence of exemplary behavior.

In their distinctive gold jackets, Ambassadors act as peer mentors, mediators and role models. They organize educational events, and host forums with some very impressive speakers. Chicago Mayor Laurie Lightfoot consulted with them in gathering ideas for neighborhood youth programs.

“NCCHC accreditation surveyors were very impressed by how well the Ambassadors explained the facility’s medical and mental health care services, ways to access care, and sick call and med pass procedures. We commend Cook County for developing such an innovative program to help the Center’s residents learn emotional, social and life skills,” said Deborah Ross, CCHP, NCCHC’s chief executive officer.

Cook County Juvenile Temp Detention Center

 Representatives from the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center