The company would talk with neighboring counties about the possibility of hiring beds for treatment centers, though he expected outside interest, Cantrell said. He said he was informed in discussions with youth authorities across the state that “there is no good place for girls” to receive treatment.
The Midwest Rehabilitation Building, built in 1993, is located next to the Midwest Juvenile Detention Center, on a lot between Troy and Piqua, off County Road 25A.
The Ohio Department of Youth Services said it would close the rehabilitation facilities at the end of June, saying that use of the facilities for teen boys had decreased and that youths could be seen at other facilities in the state.
The commissioners and the director of the center tried to reverse the decision, but were unsuccessful.
The commissioners had previously met with law enforcement, judicial and mental health officials to see if the facility could be used for another local purpose.
“We are very, very pleased that you are interested. We didn’t want that space out there for something that wouldn’t be of benefit to our community,” committee chair Greg Simmons told Cantrell.
Rite of Passage would be interested in employing the rehabilitation center’s remaining staff, if they were interested, Cantrell said. These employees could train in the organization’s program in the Cincinnati area, he said. Many of the employees have found other jobs since the closure was announced and more young people have not been assigned to the center.
The commissioners said on Tuesday they had asked interim county administrator Dave Collinsworth to work on a possible deal between the county and the Rite of Passage.
If an agreement is reached, the program could be up and running in about 60 days, Cantrell said.
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