The County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP) recently bestowed Criminal Justice System for the 21st Century Best Practices Awards.
Bucks County Prison received a Best Practices Award in the large county jail category for its educational and treatment Hope and Hearts programs for the offender population.
The Hope (Helping Others Prosper Eternally) program is a voluntary drug and alcohol education and treatment program for males. It utilizes cognitive behavioral interventions and assists with re-entry into the community and/or community-based treatment.
The Heart (Healing, Empowering, and Recovering Together) program incorporates Medication Assisted Treatment, is voluntary and provides intensive substance abuse education for the female population. It was started with grant funds in 2018 and mimics the Hope program.
The Partner Award, submitted by Bucks County, was given to The Central Bucks Family YMCA. The organization has provided on-site membership for adjudicated delinquents since 1998. The Central Bucks County YMCA worked with the Bucks County Youth Center to create a grant-funded project to train residents of the youth center to participate in training for and completing the Y Run 5k using a couch to 5k training program.
This program aims to create a sense of normalcy by engaging youth in volunteer activities within the community and to develop and nurture a sense of accomplishment and pride by obtaining a goal.