GREAT FALLS - Budget cuts are forcing the closure of Great Falls Youth Transition Center. The center is a 7-bed facility houses boys between the ages of 15 - 17, all of whom are on juvenile parole.
“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,” Department of Corrections Director Reginald Michael said. “We remain committed to looking at alternatives to best serve these youth, while maintaining the important services we provide to keep communities safe.”
According to a press release, the teens will be transitioned to their home, a relatives home or go to another group home in the state.
In addition, 7 employees will be laid off including GFYTC's acting director.
The center provides around-the-clock supervision and life skills training as an alternative to sending boys back to a correctional facility.
GFYTC will officially close their doors on May 18th.