SC DJJ Receives Gold Star

The SC Department of Juvenile Justice (SC DJJ) was recognized by the South Carolina Hospital Association’s (SCHA) Working Well initiative and Prevention Partners for achieving the highest standard of tobacco-free excellence by creating a tobacco-free workplace and providing high-quality tobacco cessation programs for employees. Organizations are awarded with Prevention Partners’ Gold Star for this achievement. In order to receive this recognition, SC DJJ has a tobacco-free worksite policy, refers its employees to effective quit programs and counseling, provides comprehensive cessation benefits (nicotine replacement therapy and prescription medications) and offers incentives to encourage employees to quit tobacco. These are among several evidence-based components recommended by Working Well and Prevention Partners for comprehensive quit-tobacco systems at worksites.

“SC DJJ sets a high bar in terms of their cessation program for employees. Employees are provided every opportunity to be successful in quitting the use of tobacco, and all employees are protected from exposure to secondhand smoke at the workplace,” says Kara Van de Grift, Organizational Coaching Manager at Prevention Partners. “I applaud their great effort.”

"We are honored with this recognition of our tobacco-free campuses policy at DJJ. We wanted to make DJJ a healthier place to be; and though that is enough of a reward in itself, it’s certainly a true honor to also receive this Gold Star Award for our efforts. By implementing a tobacco-free policy on all of our DJJ campuses, we’re thinking first and foremost in terms of the health and well-being of the juveniles in our care. This is our primary consideration in every decision we make. But we’re also thinking about the health and well-being of the employees in our DJJ family as well. We want to provide a healthy and pleasant environment on our campuses and to encourage everyone to live a healthier and longer life," says SC DJJ Director Sylvia Murray.

Prevention Partners works with SCHA’s Working Well initiative to engage state leaders and staff to enhance and sustain employee wellness efforts. These efforts are generously funded by the Duke Endowment and supported by the “A Healthier State: Make Every Work Day Great” campaign, a collaboration between SCHA and the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control to assess, implement, and maintain effective worksite wellness environments and policies within the 16 SC cabinet agencies, the SC Governor’s Office, SC DHEC, and SC Department of Mental Health. “A Healthier State” impacts nearly 35,000 state employees. “We are extremely proud of the commitment these agencies have shown to the wellbeing of their employees. Leadership support, excitement, motivation, and collaboration have led to incredible progress in just one year.” Added Jen Wright, Working Well Program Director. “SCDJJ has been a willing pioneer in reaching excellence and we expect to be recognizing many additional agencies for this accomplishment in the near future.”

About SC DJJ:

SC DJJ is a state cabinet agency, and by law, it is also a treatment and rehabilitative agency for the state's juveniles. DJJ is responsible for providing custodial care and rehabilitation for the state’s children who are incarcerated, on probation or parole, or in community placement for a criminal or status offense. The goal at DJJ is to protect the public and reclaim juveniles through prevention, community programs, education, and rehabilitative services in the least restrictive environment possible.

About Working Well:

Working Well is a statewide strategy to improve workplace wellness policies, systems and environments around tobacco cessation, healthy nutrition and increased physical activity so the healthy choice is the easy choice for employees across South Carolina.

About Prevention Partners:

The nonprofit Prevention Partners builds healthier communities through a suite of products that guide schools, workplaces, hospitals and clinics to address the leading causes of preventable disease: tobacco use, poor nutrition, physical inactivity and obesity



SCHA’S MEDIA CONTACT: Stephanie Hudson • 803.744.3531 •

SC DJJ’s MEDIA CONTACT: Eric Rousey • 803.896.9765 •


08-28-2015 09:45 (EDT)