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Oregon Youth Authority Releases Report on RiverBend Facility
Salem, Oregon - The Oregon Youth Authority today released the report resulting from a review of operations at its RiverBend facility in LaGrande.  The report contains 26 recommendations to improve policies, practices, and procedures at RiverBend and throughout the agency.
The recommendations include improvements in agency purchasing and property controls, policies governing youth work projects, and how the agency tracks overtime and use of state vehicles and cell phones.  Click for the full report.
 “OYA is in the process of fully implementing these recommendations as part of our ongoing efforts to continuously improve our services to Oregonians and to the youth offenders in our custody,” Jester said.  “We expect all OYA staff to be able to serve as appropriate role models for youth offenders and uphold the agency’s Principles of Conduct and professional standards in their business dealings.  These changes will further assist the agency in attaining those goals.”
Four RiverBend staff were placed on administrative leave as a result of the review.  Of those, two managers resigned and two other staff have been dismissed from state service. 
In addition, OYA is soliciting qualified applicants for the vacant RiverBend Superintendent position.  The application deadline is October 10.  OYA plans to have a full, permanent leadership team in place at RiverBend in November.  Youth Corrections Unit Coordinator Brian Blisard has been appointed to manage the facility in the interim, with assistance from other OYA managers.