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KidsPeace Pennsylvania Programs Awarded Accreditation from the Joint Commission

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KidsPeace Pennsylvania Programs Awarded
Accreditation from the Joint Commission



Schnecksville, PA – KidsPeace has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for accreditation by
demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in
behavioral health care. The accreditation award, covering all KidsPeace’s Pennsylvania programs recognizes dedication to compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards on a continuous basis.

KidsPeace underwent a rigorous on-site survey from August 15-17, 2011. A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated KidsPeace for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of individuals served and families, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management. "In achieving Joint Commission accreditation, KidsPeace has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for the people they serve," says Mary Cesare-Murphy, Ph.D., executive director, Behavioral Health Care Accreditation, The Joint Commission. “Behavioral Health accreditation is a voluntary process and I commend KidsPeace for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

"With Joint Commission accreditation, we are making a significant investment in quality on a day-to-day basis from the top down. Joint Commission accreditation provides us a framework to take our organization to the next level and helps create a culture of excellence,” says William Isemann, President and CEO. “Achieving Joint Commission accreditation, for our organization, is a major step toward maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide.”

The Joint Commission’s behavioral health care standards address important functions relating to the care of individuals served and the management of behavioral health care organizations. The standards are developed in consultation with behavioral health care experts, providers, measurement experts, individuals served and their families.

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with
other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective
care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 18,000 health care
organizations and programs in the United States. The Joint Commission also provides certification of more than 1,700
disease-specific care programs, primary stroke centers, and health care staffing services. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org.

 

 


An Evening with Buck Showalter to Benefit KidsPeace Foster Care

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An Evening with Buck Showalter to Benefit KidsPeace Foster Care

 

Orioles and Buck Showalter fans should mark their calendars for THURSDAY, JANUARY 19, 2012, at the Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards in Baltimore. From 5:30 - 8:00 p.m., Orioles Manager Buck Showalter will be hosting a great evening that will  include a program surrounding Showalter's experience managing the Orioles, as well as his outlook and plans for the upcoming season. Attendees of this cocktail reception and program will also participate in and an exclusive Q&A session and have time for photos with Buck. They will also receive admission to the museum and free parking. Proceeds benefit the Babe Ruth Birthplace Foundation and KidsPeace.


Tickets are $150 per person. For more information and to order tickets, please contact: Whitney Edmonds at WhitneyE@BabeRuthMuseum.com or
call 410-727-1539, ext. 3033.

KidsPeace and Community Bike Works Partner to Help Kids

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KidsPeace and Community Bike Works Partner to Help Kids

Orefield, PA. December 7, 2011 – Two charitable organizations that dedicate their efforts to helping kids have formed a partnership that will enrich the lives of deserving children and teach them important life lessons. Community Bike Works and KidsPeace are launching the inaugural "Community Bike Works at KidsPeace Earn a Bike” program at the Orefield, PA, campus. Selected boys and girls in KidsPeace residential programs will attend the three month program that will teach bicycle repair and maintenance, safety and teamwork. Each child who successfully completes the course will be given the bike he or she has fixed up, along with a helmet and a certificate of course completion.

 

Rob Scott, who is the Facilities and Recreation Supervisor at KidsPeace, read about Community Bike Works (CBW) on the Internet (www.communitybikeworks.org) and contacted Executive Director and founder Stefan Goslawski to see if the two nonprofits could work together. The more he learned, the more Rob believed that the program would be a great benefit to KidsPeace kids. “Last spring I took a few kids to attend classes at CBW in Allentown,” Rob says. “They did really well and were thrilled to have earned their own bikes to take home with them when they left KidsPeace.” There is a vocational aspect to the program that particularly excited Rob because the education department was able to obtain Title 1 funding, as well as a grant from Just Born to purchase supplies to run the program at the KidsPeace facility.

 

After that, Rob actively recruited KidsPeace associates as volunteers to start up the program on the KidsPeace residential campus in Orefield. Rob and the volunteers attended 12 weeks of classes at Community Bike Works and learned how to take bikes apart, repair them and put them back together. They also learned about Stefan’s philosophy and the more subtle aspects of the program that help the kids learn life skills and develop strong work ethics.

 

According to Stefan, a retired teacher and bike shop owner, he founded Community Bike Works in 1994 after reading about a similar program that taught parents how to fix their kids’ bikes and after receiving a letter from an elderly lady who urged him to teach Allentown kids important skills. With the assistance of the Allentown Conference of Churches, which helped him gain nonprofit status, Stefan launched the program.

 

Today, the 12 week program teaches students from the Allentown and Bethlehem School Districts at certain middle schools and at the organization’s headquarters at 235 North Madison Street in Allentown’s 18102. “It is the most enjoyable job I have ever had,” Stefan says with a smile. The program currently works with around 250 kids a year, and Stefan expects that number to reach 350 in 2012. “We really need more volunteers in order to expand even more,” Stefan adds. “It is hard because we need a 12-week commitment from our volunteers to facilitate one of our classes.”

 

Additionally, Stefan has a group of enthusiastic volunteers from Cedar Crest and Muhlenberg Colleges who help the kids with their reading skills through one on one tutoring. “It is so exciting when the school districts tell us that kids we have taught and tutored have increased their reading levels by one to four grade levels and have improved their state test scores dramatically,” Stefan reports. “We also teach our kids that working hard for something will be rewarding,” Stefan points out. “They need to sign a contract, make and fulfill a commitment, help others in the class with their bikes, take pre and post-class tests, learn safety rules, write a thank you letter to the bike’s donor and keep a journal in order to earn their bikes.” According to Stefan, there is also a vocational skills development component to the program that teaches kids how to read manuals, use tools and do repair and maintenance work. These skills may help them secure a job when after they leave school.

 

Stefan Goslawski asks the community to donate bikes (20 inch BMX bikes are particularly needed) or funds, but his biggest need is for volunteers to work with the kids and help them learn skills and values that will last them a lifetime. Contact him at 610-434-1140 or stefan@communitybikeworks.org.

 

Rob Scott encourages donations of 24” to 26” mountain bikes to KidsPeace. Rob’s number is 610-799-7487, or email him at Robert.Scott@kidspeace.org.

 
   
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