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Giddings State School Passes National Accreditation Audit

The Giddings State School received a 100 percent compliance rating with all mandatory standards along with a 99.4 percent compliance rating with all non-mandatory standards in an audit by the American Corrections Association Commission on Accreditation for Corrections. The ACA audit, which concluded on Wednesday, was conducted by highly experienced corrections experts from Ohio, Tennessee, and Alabama. In the presentation of their preliminary findings, the auditors acknowledged the hard work and commitment to excellence of the Giddings staff as well as the Texas Youth Commission’s overall commitment to provide outstanding treatment programs to juvenile offenders.

The exit conference, held at noon in the Chapel at the Giddings facility, was attended by the TYC executive management team, Giddings State School staff and youth, and volunteers from the community. Superintendent Stan DeGerolami noted that the audit validates the good work Giddings State School employees perform every day. “ACA Accreditation is one step toward our goal of again being recognized as the best juvenile rehabilitation facility in the nation,” said DeGerolami.

TYC Executive Director, Sherri Townsend extended her appreciation to TYC staff, youth and volunteers who took part in this successful effort. “I am proud that our agency continues to receive national recognition for the reforms we have all worked so hard to implement,” stated Townsend.

Preparing for an ACA accreditation audit is a meticulous and time-consuming endeavor that requires tremendous effort on the part of every staff member at the facility. Every facet of the facility was examined, from safety and security, programs and treatment, health care, maintenance, and operating policies and procedures. The audit results demonstrate that Giddings is adhering to nationally recognized guidelines for daily operations.

A panel from the Commission on Accreditation for Corrections will consider the audit report during its April 30-May 1, 2010 meeting in Ohio. If the report is accepted, the Panel will award formal, 3-year accreditation status at that time.

The Giddings State School is a high restriction facility of the Texas Youth Commission and provides rehabilitation and education for 300 boys, ages 13 to 19 years old. The school is currently looking for volunteers to serve as mentors and tutors, or civic/church groups willing to help with Family Day once a month.

For more information, or to volunteer on campus please contact Andy Wier, Community Relations Coordinator at 979- 542-4609.

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