Scott: close Woodside. State employees: keep it open – VT Digger

There’s jobs in them thar juvenile detention facilities.

The administration plans to recommend to the Legislature that the facility be closed in 2020. Closing Woodside, according to the release, requires legislative approval. Vermont spends about $6 million a year on the facility.

“This Administration – through the Agency of Human Services – working with the legislature and community partners has greatly increased community capacity where youth with mental health concerns can be treated in the least restrictive setting possible,” Human Services Secretary Mike Smith said in the release.

Steve Howard, executive director of the Vermont State Employees’ Association, is gearing up for a fight to keep Woodside open.

“It is a repeat of the tragedy that was the mental health system all over again, in which we're going to rely solely on out of state placements and community resources,” Howard said Monday afternoon.

“Kids are going to get piled up in emergency rooms when this whole system fails,” he said.

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