Quality, Integrity, & Accountability in Community Corrections

Kintock Connection

Kintock is proud to announce that its Newark, New Jersey Program successfully underwent re-accreditation during an audit by the American Correctional Association (ACA) and achieved a remarkable perfect score of 100 percent on both mandatory and non-mandatory standards.

“I would like to commend the entire Newark staff on their professionalism and teamwork throughout the entire process of preparing for and conducting the ACA audit,” said Nicole Cucinotta, Corporate Compliance Officer.

The two-day audit took place in November 2017 at the Newark Residential Program and was conducted by two ACA auditors. The accreditation certificate was awarded on January 6, 2018 at the ACA Winter Conference in Orlando, FL.

“I would like to commend Gregory Bartkowski, Facility Program Director, for his hard work in preparing for the ACA audit. It is a job well done, and my thanks also goes out to the entire staff at the Newark complex for their hard work and commitment to providing high quality services,” said Paul Taggines, Corporate Director of Facility Operations.

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.

Kintock is pleased to announce that Jeffery A. Clayton, LPC, LCADC, ACS, CCS recently joined Kintock’s Board of Directors. Mr. Clayton has 48 years as an expert substance use disorder professional, with experience in direct client services, administration, development of policies and procedures, and grant writing.

“I am very pleased to welcome Mr. Clayton to the board and I’m confident that the depth and breadth of his clinical experience, coupled with his leadership background, will strengthen Kintock and support its mission,” said Diane DeBarri, Chairman and CEO.

As a former New Jersey Senior State Official for the Division of Addiction Services (now Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services), Mr. Clayton played a critical role in the planning, implementation and management of statewide criminal justice substance use disorder initiatives, including managing Drug Court treatment resources. He has served as Executive and Clinical Director for numerous substance use disorder and behavioral health treatment programs, including SODAT in Woodbury, NJ, South Jersey Drug Treatment Center in Bridgeton and Addiction Recovery Services in Somers Point, and Post House, a long-term residential and out-patient substance use disorder treatment program that Kintock operated from 2009 to 2013, among others.

In addition to having extensive knowledge of co-occurring disorders, mental health disorders, counseling theory and substance use disorders, Mr. Clayton has established and presented conferences on various substance abuse topics, including medication assisted treatment. He successfully advocated to the Administrative Office of the Courts for enhanced services to include medication assisted treatment in Drug Courts statewide.

Mr. Clayton currently serves as Regional Director of Addiction Services at Helping Hand Behavioral Health, with facilities in southern New Jersey, a program that provides mental health and substance abuse treatment.

The Kintock Group of New Jersey, Inc. is excited to announce that on September 25, 2017, the company purchased all three of the residential buildings located at 50 Fenwick Street and the CRC building located at 19 Meeker Street in Newark, NJ. Since 1994, Kintock has been providing community correctional re-entry and behavioral health treatment services at the facilities located at 50 Fenwick and 19 Meeker Streets, and leased the buildings during this period of time. Ms. DeBarri believes that the acquisition will allow Kintock greater flexibility in being able to expand our programs and services.

“I am extremely pleased that Kintock was able to purchase the Newark property this past fall and I am especially enthusiastic about the prospect of being able to expand our re-entry and behavioural treatment services and programs at the Newark complex,” said Ms. DeBarri.

The entire Newark property is comprised of an 87,690 square foot building area that is spread across three, two-story buildings. The buildings currently house clients referred by the New Jersey Department of Corrections (NJDOC) and the New Jersey State Parole Board (NJSPB).

In addition to purchasing the Newark buildings, Kintock is also in the process of improving the buildings and property, to include but not limited to, installing new roofs, windows and a perimeter security fence. The improvements will ensure that the facilities are in top condition and able accommodate Kintock’s programs and services for years to come, while also providing heightened security for clients, staff and the local community.

Kintock is pleased to announce that its Bridgeton, New Jersey facility has successfully passed the company’s second PREA (Prison Rape Elimination Act) audit, achieving 100% compliance on all applicable standards. Kintock’s Bridgeton site had the first PREA audit in 2015.

The Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 (PREA) is the first United States federal law passed dealing with the sexual assault of prisoners. The bill was signed into law on September 4, 2003. PREA calls for Federal, State, and local corrections systems to have a zero-tolerance policy regarding prison rape (as defined by PREA) in prisons, jails, police lock-ups, and other confinement facilities. According to the PREA Act, all confinement facilities must be audited at least every three years to remain compliant with the Federal Law.

The audit, which took place between March 6 and 7th, was conducted by a Certified Department of Justice PREA Auditor, who submitted his findings and recommendations to the Department of Justice. The Bridgeton programs were evaluated for compliance with all PREA Standards applicable to Community Confinement facilities.

“The audits are conducted over three phases, the pre-audit, audit, and corrective action plan. It is extremely rare to need to exercise the corrective action plan phase,” explained Nicola Cucinotta, Corporate Director of Quality Assurance. Kintock met all the applicable national PREA standards during the Pre-audit and audit phases, thus there was no need for corrective action.

“Twenty-three staff and residents were interviewed during the audit, said Ms. Cucinotta. “The training department should be commended as it was evident that Kintock’s staff, contractors, residents and volunteers were well versed with PREA procedures,” she noted.

No PREA Claims Filed During Last Year

“I am so pleased to report that there have been no PREA claims made at any of our facilities over the past year,” added Ms. Cucinotta.

“I am extremely proud that our Bridgeton site has exceeded the PREA standards determined by the Department of Justice,” said Diane DeBarri, Chairman and CEO of Kintock.

Kintock is committed to maintaining safe facilities. As part of this commitment, Kintock has implemented procedures across the organization to reinforce the company’s zero tolerance policy toward sexual abuse and sexual assault. To meet that goal, Kintock, has expanded its mandatory employee prevention training requirements. Kintock’s extensive training program and instruction is designed to ensure that all facility staff, residents, volunteers and contractors are proficient with the National PREA standards and language. Training educates employees on how to identify potential victims and perpetrators and teaches appropriate responses and reporting procedures.

However, “training covers much more than prison sexual assault; it includes sensitivity training to address a range of behaviors, including sexual abuse and sexual harassment,” explained Deborah Oree, Corporate Director of Training. “Our efforts have led to a heightened awareness among staff concerning issues pertaining to sexual assault and abuse. This in turn reinforces our commitment to a corporate culture that embraces PREA standards, ” added Ms. Oree.

In addition to PREA training, residents are provided with PREA information pamphlets upon admittance. Throughout each facility, Kintock posts emergency contact information for outside victim advocacy groups that residents may contact anonymously. Kintock also maintains an electronic reporting mechanism on its website that allows a third-party to report a PREA violation.

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