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Edmund L. Thomas Adolescent Center

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The overall mission of the Edmund L. Thomas Adolescent Center is to provide safe, secure supervision for youth pending adjudication and disposition.  The Center is the residential component of the Office of Children and Youth and is comprised of two short-term therapeutic residential programs:  Secure Juvenile Detention and Dependent Shelter.  ELTAC is entrusted to provide care for Court-Ordered children awaiting adjudication and/or disposition.  The Court of Common Pleas and their agent are the only individuals authorized to detain children.  The total bed capacity at the Center is 28: 20 secure beds and 8 staff-secure shelter beds.

SECURE DETENTION

The Center has been providing secure residential services to at-risk youth in Erie County since 1973.  The goal of the secure detention program is to act in concert with the Balanced and Restorative Justice Approach by providing community protection, accountability, and competency development.  To accomplish this goal, ELTAC provides a variety of services to children who are court-ordered to secure detention. 

ELTAC has a certified school staff by the Northwest Tri-County Intermediate Unit where students earn academic credit while in residence.  The Center also conducts a summer school program funded by Title One to help students improve math and reading scores.  School attendance is mandatory for all residents who do not have a high school diploma.

ELTAC is licensed by DPW under the 3800 Regulation and is audited and inspected annually.

All children receive a complete health care screen and physical from the medical department including dental and eye care.

All residents receive a handbook upon admission which details daily expectations, client rights, grievance procedure and consequence for non-compliance, and a visitation policy.

NATIONAL SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM

Edmund L. Thomas Adolescent Center provides free breakfast, lunch, and dinner to its residents year round. Supported by WhyHunger, a leader in building the movement to end hunger and poverty by connecting people to nutritious and affordable food. The Edmund L. Thomas Adolescent Center embodies health and wellness for the youth in our community. For more information on  the organizations strategies and goals, please go online and visit www.whyhunger.org. For more information about ADA Compliance Statement.

National School Lunch Program Wellness Policy: Parents, students, and general public can participate in the wellness process upon request of Mr. Kenny Hollis. The committee meets annually the second week in March.

PRISON RAPE ELIMINATION ACT (PREA)

The purpose of the Act is to “Provide for the analysis of the incidence and effects of prison rape in Federal, State, and local institutions and to provide information, resources, recommendations and funding to protect individuals from prison rape.”

WHAT IS THE PRISON RAPE ELIMINATION ACT (PREA)?

The PREA was passed in 2003 with unanimous support from both parties in Congress.  The purpose of the act is to “provide for the analysis of the incidence and effects of prison rape in Federal, State and local institutions and to provide information, resources, recommendations and funding to protect individuals from prison rape.”  The act also creates the National Prison Rape elimination commission and charges it with developing standards for the elimination of prison rape.  The original standards were published in June 2009 and turned over to the Department of Justice for review and passage as a final rule.  That final rule became effective August 20, 2012.  The National PREA Resource Center contains a copy of the standards as well as a multitude of resources regarding PREA implementation.

EDMUND L. THOMAS ADOLESCENT CENTER and PREA

The Edmund L. Thomas Adolescent Center (ELTAC) has a zero tolerance policy for all forms of sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment against any resident in its custody. Sexual contact of any nature, regardless of age or consensual status, with ELTAC residents is considered abuse.

The ELTAC protects its residents from sexual abuse/harassment of any form by ensuring complete compliance with the Federal Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) and its juvenile standards promulgated on May 17, 2012.

All forms of sexual abuse/harassment of ELTAC residents is expressly prohibited, whether it be by another resident; staff member; contractor; volunteer; or visitor. ALL allegations of sexual misconduct/abuse/harassment will be taken seriously and will be investigated, both internally and externally, to the fullest extent possible. All such incidents shall also be reported to law enforcement authorities and the Office of Children and Youth in accordance with applicable laws, regulations, and this policy.

Violation of this policy is grounds for disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment. Additionally, retaliation against any youth or staff who reports or assists in the investigation of alleged sexual misconduct is prohibited and is grounds for disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment.

SEXUAL ABUSE INVESTIGATORY PROTOCOLS

The Edmund L. Thomas Adolescent Center (ELTAC) does not investigate sexual abuse allegations internally to conduct legal proceedings. The ELTAC utilizes the Millcreek Police Department (MPD) to perform sexual abuse investigatory services when necessary. A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) exists between ELTAC and MPD.

The ELTAC will ensure that ALL allegations of sexual abuse and harassment will be investigated internally (non-criminal investigations) and externally (criminal investigations).  Criminal investigations will be conducted by the MPD after referral by ELTAC Administration.

The ELTAC offers all residents of sexual abuse 24 hour access, pending security issues, to victim advocacy with the Crime Victim Center of Erie County (CVC). The ELTAC and the CVC have an MOU detailing the protocol for usage.

The ELTAC offers ALL residents who experience sexual abuse free access to forensic medical exams, where evidentiary or medically appropriate and free access to necessary medical and mental health services.

REVIEW OF PREA-ELTAC WEB SITES:

Sexual misconduct may be sent anonymously to:
*Note:  Third Party reporting will be accepted as well.

Erie County Sheriff Office
140 West Sixth Street #400
Erie, PA 16501
Telephone: 814-451-6254

Gerald T. Battle, Director
Edmund L. Thomas Adolescent Center
4728 Lake Pleasant Road
Erie, PA 16504
Telephone: 814-451-6191
Fax: 814-451-6192
Email: gbattle@eriecountypa.gov

Kenneth M. Hollis, Shelter Director
Edmund L. Thomas Adolescent Center
4718 Lake Pleasant Road
Erie, PA 16504
Telephone: 814-451-7040
Fax: 814-451-7038
Email: khollis@eriecountypa.gov

For reports of suspected physical abuse, sexual abuse, sexual harassment or severe neglect may also be reported by telephone or mail to:

Department of Human Services
154 West Ninth Street
Erie, PA 16501-1303
Telephone: 814-451-6600 or Toll Free: 800-352-0026 (ext. 6660)
For emergencies after hours or weekends & holidays: 814-451-1503
Pennsylvania Childline (24 hours a day): 800-932-0313
Fax: 814-451-6555

Reports of a criminal nature may also be submitted by phone, on-line or be mailed to the following outside agency sources:

Millcreek Police Department
3608 West 26 Street
Erie, PA 16506
Telephone: 814-833-777
On-line @ www.millcreekpd.com (Submit a crime tip link)

Erie County Sheriff Office
140 West Sixth Street #400
Erie, PA 16501
Telephone: 814-451-6254

ELTAC PREA Audit/Annual Report List

Any information regarding or pertinent to this audit may be reported to auditor Maureen Raquet at:

Raquet Justice Consultants LLC
PO Box 274
Saint Peters, PA 19470

Non-Discrimination Policy

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (BOO) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

  1. Postal mail:
    U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410
  2. fax: (202) 690-7442
  3. email:  program.intake@usda.gov


This institution is an equal opportunity provider.


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