On Monday, June 15 several officials from Adams County traveled to State College to receive a prestigious award from the
County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania. The CCAP Best Practices Committee and the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime & Delinquency presented their CJAB Best Practices Award to Adams County for their successful utilization of best practices for the operations of their Criminal Justice Advisory Board.
The Adams County Criminal Justice Advisory Board was established in 2007 as a mechanism to collaborate and improve criminal justice outcomes and is comprised of over 26 county, state, public and private agencies. Some of the agencies comprising Adams County CJAB include the County Courts, Commissioners, District Attorney’s Office, the Adams County Correctional Facility, Probation Services, Sheriff’s Office, Children and Youth, Emergency Services, Pennsylvania State Police, HACC, Adams County Collaborating for Youth, Healthy Adams County, Survivors and the Adams County Chief of Police Association.
Some of Adams County CJAB’s recent initiatives include the creation of a Crisis Intervention Training program designed to help law enforcement and first responder personnel handle mental health related incidences and defer those individuals into the mental health system before they become entangled in the criminal justice arena. Other successful projects of the Adams County CJAB over the last eight years have included the establishment of the Children of Incarcerated Parents Program at the local correctional facility, the start of the Mental Health Partnership Program through Probation Services, and the formation of a Central Booking Plan for the County and a Constable policy for the Adams County Courts. It should be noted that the Adams County CJAB has received approximately 1.2 million dollars in grant funding from various state and federal agencies to help support the many initiatives that have been undertaken by the Board.
Accepting the award at the Nittany Lion Inn at State College were CJAB Board Chairman President Judge Michael George and CJAB Vice-Chair Commissioner Randy Phiel. Other Representatives from Adams County CJAB included Don Fennimore Court Administrator, Jay Ondrizek Director of Resource Development for the Department of Operational Services, Warden Brian Clark, and Geoffrey Willet from Probation Services. The award was presented to Adams County by Linda Rosenberg, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime & Delinquency along with Pennsylvania Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel.