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New York Closes 6 Centers for Troubled Youth

New York State plans to close six underused residential treatment centers for troubled youth across the state, including Great Valley Residential Center in Cattaraugus County, as part of its restructuring effort to improve services to troubled children.

The closings, announced by Office of Children and Family Services Commissioner Gladys Carrion on Friday, will occur next January and are projected to save the state $16 million a year.

The Cattaraugus County Legislature had gone on record last March to oppose the closing of the Great Valley facility, which houses 25 children in a nonsecure foster-care setting and is one of two state-run centers taking referrals in the eight counties of Western New York. The other facility, in the Cattaraugus County community of Limestone, has 25 beds and was built in 1992. It will remain open.

The center has a $1.4 million payroll and is Great Valley’s largest employer, purchasing more than $400,000 in services from regional businesses and service providers.

With the closings, the number of beds in the state’s juvenile system will be reduced by 241 — a total of 620 beds since 2002. There are approximately 2,000 troubled teens in New York’s juvenile justice system, mostly between ages 12 and 18, with more than 70 percent from New York City.

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