Thursday, June 07, 2001

Center for troubled boys to close after 30 years

The Associated Press

        LEXINGTON — A residential treatment center for emotionally troubled boys will close permanently this month after 30 years, state officials said.

        The Central Kentucky Re-ED Center in Lexington, which serves boys from all over Kentucky, “will not open for enrollment for the fall,” Cabinet for Families and Children officials said in a letter to the center's staff Tuesday. The move comes despite efforts by several legislators and advocates to continue the program beyond June 29, its last official school day.

        Cabinet Secretary Viola Miller said the decision was made because Re-ED students could get the education and therapy they need through their school systems or other state services “at significantly less cost than we can maintain Re-ED.”

        “Ultimately, those children are the responsibility of the local school districts, and the districts would rather pay to have them than pay to offset the Re-ED program,” Ms. Miller said.

        Cabinet officials said Re-ED did not qualify for federal dollars and was costing the state more than $80,000 per year per child.

        Re-ED is the only center of its kind in Kentucky. It typically works with boys age 7 to 12 who have been treated unsuccessfully in other programs or even psychiatric hospitals. Students stay overnight five days a week in cottages and go home on the weekends.


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