Quality, Integrity, & Accountability in Community Corrections

Kintock Connection

Kintock’s Erie Avenue facility in Philadelphia is pleased to welcome newly hired Human Resources Director, Danita Jones and Human Resources Generalist, Kasheena Smith. Both have extensive Human Resources experience from recruitment, employee relations, and performance management.  Please join Kintock in welcoming the newest HR members!

Danita Jones joined Kintock in January 2017. She has always had a passion for helping people. Prior to joining Kintock, Danita has held various HR roles, including Human Resources Coordinator at VILLA, Inc., an urban retailer located in Center City Philadelphia and HR Generalist at Family Practice & Counseling Network in Philadelphia. Danita obtained her SHRM-Certified Professional in 2014 from The Society of Human Resources Management and Professional in Human Resources certification from Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI). She currently serves on the Emerging Leaders Committee for SHRM Philadelphia local Chapter and is active in her community by serving as a mentor for young women of the Abbottsford Falls Community.

Kasheena Smith joined Kintock in March 2017 and has 19 years of experience in the field of behavioral health.  She previously worked as an HR Manager at Comfort Keepers, a home health care provider agency based in Philadelphia for six years. In that role, Kasheena was responsible for developing HR processes and policies, compliance, employee relations, performance management, recruiting and training's and retaining a high performing work environment.  Prior to her role as HR Manager, she worked in other capacities to support the Human Resources department, having begun her career at Comfort Keepers as a caregiver. Kasheena is very outgoing and energetic and loves to help others.

Kintock is proud to announce that the Erie. Avenue facility in Philadelphia was awarded re-accreditation by the American Correctional Association (ACA) after successfully passing its audit and achieving a perfect score of 100% compliance.

Site Administrator, Corey Davis, along with Corporate Compliance Officer, Nicola Cucinotta were presented with the accreditation certificate during a meeting in January before the Commission on Accreditation for Corrections that was held at the ACA conference in San Antonio, Texas. 

“This accomplishment is only possible as a result of all of the hard work and dedication of the employees here at Kintock Philadelphia,” noted Mr. Davis.

The Erie Avenue facility was first awarded ACA accreditation in 2004 and the next accreditation renewal will be in year 2019.

“ACA accreditation demonstrates Kintock’s commitment to outstanding community corrections services and compliance with industry-based best practices and standards,” explained Ms. Cucinotta.

The re-accreditation process was comprised of a two-day audit conducted by independent ACA auditors in November 2016 and included the review, evaluation, surveys and audits of 252 standards that address various components of community corrections, including physical plant safety, staff training and development, emergency procedures, rules and discipline, food service and sanitation, among others.

First day reporting centers in the nation to achieve ACA certification

Kintock is proud to announce that its New Jersey Community Release Centers (CRC) are the first day reporting agencies in the nation to undergo an audit by the American Correctional Association (ACA) and achieve a remarkable near-perfect score of 99 percent.

“I would like to congratulate the entire CRC staff of both Paterson and Newark on being the first CRC programs to receive ACA accreditation,” said Nicole Cucinotta, Corporate Compliance Officer.

“Not only was Kintock the first to field test day reporting standards, which had not previously been attempted by our corporate staff or any other agency, but they overcame such obstacles as having their audit spread over two locations in different cities. They did so with policies and procedures that have never been tested before,” added Ms. Cucinotta.

“We know that this could not have been achieved without the assistance of personnel assigned to our other sites. All of our ACA achievements have been due to the incredible professionalism and teamwork of our entire Kintock family,” said Ms. Cucinotta.  

The two-day audit took place in April at the Paterson and Newark CRCs and was conducted by ACA auditors; the accreditation certificates will be awarded in August 2017 at the next ACA conference in St Louis, MO.

The CRCs began the accreditation process approximately 18 months ago with staff and administrators participating in various evaluations and reviews by ACA representatives. To prepare for the audit, Kintock worked diligently to develop comprehensive policies and procedures to address each of the 110 adult day reporting standards set by the ACA.  The standards used for accreditation address clinical services, security and operations essential to good correctional management. They include administrative and fiscal controls, staff training and development, physical plant safety and emergency procedures, sanitation, and rules and discipline, according to Ms. Cucinotta.

“I would like to commend Facility Directors Pierre Frances and Robinette Arthur for their hard work and commitment during the lengthy and demanding accreditation process. It is a job well done, and my thanks also goes out to the entire staff at the Newark and Paterson CRCs for their hard work and commitment to providing high quality services,” said Paul Taggines, Corporate Director of Facility Operations.

“A special thanks to the Newark CRC staff for hosting the auditors during the two-day event. The staff did a remarkable job providing ongoing supporting documentation, answering questions and showing hospitality to the team of ACA auditors,” noted Ms. Cucinotta.

“The addition of two more facilities to achieve ACA accreditation further demonstrates Kintock’s commitment to excellence in community corrections. I’m so pleased to announce that all of Kintock programs/facilities are now ACA accredited,” said Diane DeBarri, Chairman and CEO. “This accomplishment underscores our steadfast resolve to providing contracting entities and participants with high-quality correctional reentry services designed to break the cycle of recidivism,” she added.

The American Correctional Association and the Commission on Accreditation for Corrections are private, non-profit organizations that administer the only national accreditation program for all components of adult and juvenile corrections. Accreditation is achieved through a series of reviews, evaluations, surveys and audits conducted by qualified ACA auditors.

“The ACA Standards and Accreditation process will help to enhance services and programs for the participants in our CRCs and improve professional procedures by our administrators and staff. As the only ACA accredited day reporting center in the nation, Kintock’s accomplishment has lead the way for other parole programs to pursue ACA accreditation,” said Ms. Cucinotta.

“Kintock looks forward to collaborating with the commission and providing feedback regarding the process and standards that will allow the ACA to publish adult day reporting standards that other parole programs can reference when pursuing accreditation,” she added.

As part of Kintock’s commitment to the local community, staff at the company’s Erie Avenue facility partnered with the 25th Philadelphia Police District to donate and wrap toys for children of Sheppard Elementary School. Approximately 30 toys were donated to children in Kindergarten through 5th grade.

“Kintock staff has always donated toys and clothing around the holidays,” said Corey Davis, Site Administrator. “However, this was the first time we have donated to this particular school.  We partnered with the 25th Philadelphia Police District, who was already donating to this school,” he explained. “Both the school representatives and the police were all very thankful for the generosity of the Kintock staff,” added Mr. Davis.

All Erie Ave facility staff also participated in a food drive, donating can goods or non-perishable items to help the needy have a wonderful Christmas holiday. The food donations were given to The Change Center, in Philadelphia.

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