McCune Residential Treatment Center in Independence as well as the Hilltop  Residential  Treatment  Center in Lee’s Summit and the Juvenile Detention Facility in Kansas  City  of  the Family Court Division, 16th Judicial Circuit, have been awarded accreditation by the American Correctional Association.

These facilities are the first juvenile residential facilities in the state to receive ACA accreditation.

Through accreditation, Family Court demonstrated that it is able to maintain a balance between protecting the public and providing an environment that safeguards the life, health and safety of staff and offenders. Standards set by ACA reflect practical up-to-date policies and procedures and function as a management tool for more than 1,500 correctional agencies in the United States.

To achieve ACA accreditation, a program or facility must be in 100 percent compliance with all mandatory national standards and must achieve a 90 percent compliance rate on all other standards. All three facilities achieved a 100 percent compliance rate for mandatory standards and scored no lower than 96 percent on non-mandatory standards.

The on-site audit portion of the accreditation process, which occurred  in February, included an in-depth review of policies, files, primary and  secondary  evidence  of  practice; one-on-one interviews with staff,  youth and partner agency personnel and inspections of all buildings and  grounds. This audit looked at almost 1,000 standards of practice.