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Quehanna Boot Camp Achieves Reaccreditation

October 23, 2018 12:00 AM
By: Melissa Billotte

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Quehanna Boot Camp underwent an American Correctional Association (ACA) audit in mid-April. The audit team was comprised of John Sargent, chair; Alan Finnan; and Amy Fairbanks. The team did a thorough review of facility operations as well as mandatory and non-mandatory standards. Following two-and-a-half days of observation and review, the team made a recommendation regarding reaccreditation by the ACA.

As the result of the hard work and efforts by exceptional staff, the ACA auditors recommended reaccreditation status with unofficial scores of 100% compliance with mandatory standards and 100% compliance with non-mandatory standards. Quehanna staff take great pride in our programs and the facility, and this was evident to the auditors.

On a Saturday morning in August, Superintendent Mary Natoli, Deputy Superintendent for Centralized Services Ken Hollibaugh, Major Frazer Blake, Classification and Program Manager James Stover, Captain Scott Carter, Registered Nurse Supervisor Kimberly Merrow and CSA Melissa Billotte participated in the ACA summer conference via teleconference. At that time, we gave a brief overview of the facility and answered questions from the ACA panel.  After what seemed like a lifetime, the ACA panel voted and unanimously granted Quehanna Boot Camp ACA reaccreditation.

Deputy Secretary Michael Wenerowicz delivered the ACA reaccreditation certificate to Superintendent Natoli in September. Wanting to recognize everyone's efforts, we delayed taking a group photo. While not everyone was able to join us, we want to acknowledge that we would not have been able to achieve reaccreditation without the continued efforts of all staff. Kudos to you all and thank you for all you do!

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