Great Falls Youth Transition Center will close in May

Posted at 11:08 AM, Apr 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-18 13:08:46-04

The Montana Department of Corrections announced on Wednesday that the Great Falls Youth Transition Center, a group home for boys operated by the department, will close on May 18. 

The seven-bed Youth Transition Center currently serves boys between the ages of 15 and 17, all of whom are on juvenile parole.  The boys will be transitioned to their homes, to the homes of relatives, or to other group homes across the state.

The program provided around-the-clock supervision and life skills training, and connected youths with local service providers.  It offered an alternative to sending boys back to a correctional facility on parole revocations for minor offenses, as well as for boys whose family placements had failed.  It also provided a place for boys coming directly from Pine Hills Correctional Facility. 

Seven employees will be laid off, including the shift supervisor, who is acting as the center’s director, and six correctional officers.  The center typically has 10 staff, but currently has three vacant positions. 

The facility’s budget for the current fiscal year was $768,440.

Reginald Michael, the director of the MT Department of Corrections, said in a press release: “It’s unfortunate that, as a result of cuts mandated by the legislature, we had to make this difficult decision. We have taken a hard look at programs and found that this is the most cost-effective solution. We remain committed to looking at alternatives to best serve these youth, while maintaining the important services we provide to keep communities safe.

We will update you as we get more information.

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