The company would talk with neighboring counties about possibly signing up for treatment center beds although he would anticipate interest from beyond, Cantrell said. He said he was told in discussions with juvenile officials across the state that “there is no good place for girls” to receive treatment.
The West Central rehabilitation building, constructed in 1993, is next to the West Central Juvenile Detention Center on land between Troy and Piqua off County Road 25A.
The Ohio Department of Youth Services said it would close the rehabilitation facility by the end of June, saying use of the facility for teenage boys had declined and the youth could be served at other facilities in the state.
The commissioners and center director attempted to have the decision reversed but were not successful.
Commissioners earlier had met with law enforcement, court and mental health representatives to see if the facility could be used for another local purpose.
“We’re very, very pleased you are even interested. We didn’t want that space out there for something that wasn’t going to be a benefit for our community,” Commission President Greg Simmons told Cantrell.
Rite of Passage would be interested in employing remaining rehabilitation center employees, if they would be interested, Cantrell said. Those employees could train at the organization’s program in the Cincinnati area, he said. Many of the employees have found other jobs since the closing was announced and more youth were not assigned to the center.
The commissioners Tuesday said they asked interim county Administrator Dave Collinsworth to work on a possible agreement between the county and Rite of Passage.
If an agreement is reached, the program could be up and running in around 60 days, Cantrell said.
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