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According to recent news reports, Criminal Justice Reform tops the 2016 agenda for both the Governor and the state legislature.  Programs like KPEP will be part of the solution to both save money and provide evidenced-based programming that helps keep individuals from re-offending.

We have been working hard for many years to provide quality programming for a variety of populations. Part of the push for quality involves our accreditation through both the American Correctional Association (ACA) and the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).

One of the real strengths of our organization is the quality of our staff.  Building a highly qualified team has been no easy task and has not happened by accident. While a number of staff members have been with us for many years, we have also had turnover in some positions.  I attribute that turnover to a couple factors. First, the corrections field is not for everyone. Second, KPEP has very high ethical and work performance standards. These are not standards that everyone can meet, but they have helped us create a culture that promotes respect, integrity and professionalism.

In our commitment to build a highly qualified team, we have invested a lot of time and energy in staff training.  In 2015, employees were engaged in over 9,100 hours of training.  The most attended trainings last year were:

  • New Employee Orientation
  • PREA: Sexual Abuse: Dynamics, Detection and Reporting
  • Cultural Diversity
  • CPR/First Aid/AED/Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Emergency Preparedness in the Corrections Setting
  • Report Writing, Standards of Conduct, Code of Ethics and Corporate Compliance
  • First Aid Refresher
  • Hazardous Chemicals
  • Conducting Effective Room Searches
  • Introduction to Interactive Journaling

In addition to training, we feel it is important to recognize and reward our excellent staff members. Of course we try to stay competitive in terms of wages and benefits, but we also provide events throughout the year where we offer special recognition to our team. Each quarter we recognize one employee chosen by his or her peers as the employee of the quarter. At the end of the year, all staff members have an opportunity to nominate a co-worker for annual recognition. This year we gave special recognition to the following staff members:

  • Liz Cary
  • Marc Danapilis
  • Lindsay Gaytan
  • Paul Gugino
  • John Hodge
  • Nathan Koenes
  • Todd Maurer
  • Linda Sheets
  • Janice Spyker
  • Clarence Wright
Three staff members – Mary Doan, Counselor at the Chicago Ave. facility, Mark Weatherwax, Therapist at the Olmstead facility and Andrew Hershey, Resident Coordinator at the Calhoun facility – were honored as the KPEP employees of the year. These three, along with a guest, attended the Winter Conference of the American Correctional Association in New Orleans at the end of January.

Congratulations to all of those receiving recognition.