James Sharp Named Executive Director of the Northwestern Academy for NHS Human Services

Published: Jun 03, 2011

Program provides rehabilitative care for adjudicated youth.

COAL TOWNSHIP, Pa., June 2, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- James Sharp has accepted the position of Executive Director of the Northwestern Academy effective May 30, 2011. Mr. Sharp has had an illustrious career in the juvenile justice field and has served as Chief Probation Officer of the Juvenile Division of the Philadelphia Family Court since 2003.

In his new role at NHS Human Services, Mr. Sharp will oversee all operations of Northwestern Academy. The Academy offers a variety of programs serving boys and girls ages 12 to 21 who have been adjudicated either delinquent or dependant, incorporating both open and secure residential programs. NHS provides expertise in addressing mental health needs associated with trauma from abuse and exposure to violence.

As Chief Probation Officer, Mr. Sharp developed and implemented the Reintegration Aftercare Initiative for the city of Philadelphia, developed Probation Case Management and Supervision Accountability Standards and designed and implemented Juvenile Graduated Sanctions and Drug Treatment Standards. He oversaw a $140 million staff and provider service budget and was responsible for obtaining grants from the MacArthur Foundation, PEW Charitable Trusts, and the Stoneleigh Foundation.

Mr. Sharp served as the administrative liaison to the Juvenile Court Judges, supervised the Intake process at the Youth Study Center, developed policy, protocol and planning for the Probation Department and was responsible for all Juvenile Probation and Fiscal operations.

NHS Human Services, through its subsidiaries, is one of the nations' leading non-profit providers of community-based human services.  With nationally recognized programs in multiple states, NHS offers a full range of integrated services to children and adults in the areas of mental health, addictive diseases, autism, intellectual and developmental disabilities, juvenile justice, treatment foster care, education and other specialized services.

SOURCE NHS Human Services

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