House, Senate lawmakers disagree on how to replace Sununu youth service center

House, Senate lawmakers disagree on how to replace Sununu youth service center



REPORTER: THIS IS A STATE HOUSE CLASH OVER HOW TO ELIMINATE AND REPLACE THE SUNUNU YOUTH SERVICE CENTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE’S JUVENILE DETENTION FACILITY. SENATORS ARE DEMANDING A NEW 18-BED FACILITY, BUT STATE OFFICIALS HAVE ONLY APPROVED A MAXIMUM OF SIX-BED. HOUSE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE KIM RICE WANTS LESS CLOSURE AND MORE EMPHASIS ON BEHAVIORAL TREATMENT. >> WJUST WANT TO DO WHAT IS BEST FOR CHILDREN, THAT’S WHAT WE WANT TO DO BECAUSE WE WON’T LOOK AT THEM LIKE CRIMINALS, LS WE WILL LOOK AT THEM LIKE CHILDREN. REPORTER: SOME REPRESENTATIVES WONDERED IF A FACILITY IS NEEDED NOW THAT THE CENSUS AT SUNUNU CENTER HAS FALLED AND IS SOMETIMES IN DIGS.IT ONLY BUT JOE RIBSAM, DIRECTOR OF THE CHILDREN, YOUTH AND FAMILIES DIVISION, EVEN SAYS WITH A NEW CARE SYSTEM HELPS GET CHILDREN ON THE TRACK TO AVOID STOP THERE IS STILL NEED FOR A YOUTH DETENTION CENTRE. >> WE ALWAYS STATE THAT IF WE BUILD SOMETHING NOW THE NUMBER OF BEDS IS 18 AND THAT IS BECAUSE WE NEED THE FLEXIBILITY TO SERVE MEN AND WOMEN SEPARATELY AND TO SEPARATE POPULATIONS BASED ON CLINICAL NEEDS . REPORTER: RIBSAM CAIOUTNED LEGISLATIVE AGAINST CLOSING OF SUNUNU CENTER WITHOUT REPLACEMENT. >>I WORRY WE ARE IN A POSITION LIKE IN VERMONT WHERE THEY SEND CHILDREN TO ADULT FACILITIES AND CREATE SMALL CHILD FORM UNITS WHICH IS TERRIBLE OR SEND CHILDREN TO HOTELS WITH ARMED SHERIFFS MONITORING THEM 24/7, WHICH IS TERRIBLE. YOU MUST HAVE THE RIGHT INSTALLATION TO HOLD THE KSEIDS. JOURNALIST: THE LEGISLATIVES WILL CONTINUE NEGOTIATIONS ON A NEW FACILITY AND A POSSIBLE OWNERSHIP TOMORROW TO TRY TO ACHIEVE A DEAL. CURRENT STATE LAW INDICATES THAT THE SUNUNU CENTER MUST CLOSURE BY MARCH 23, 2002 >> I DON’T KNOW WHAT HAPPENS IF WE DON’T GET THIS INVOICE, THEN THE PHERESSURE IS ACTIVATED. JOURNALIST: IN CONCORD, A

House, Senate lawmakers disagree on how to replace Sununu youth service center

State senators are seeking to build a new facility to replace the Sununu Youth Services Center, while some state officials have questioned the need for a youth detention center.

State senators are seeking to build a new facility to replace the Sununu Youth Services Center, while some state officials have questioned the need for a youth detention center.

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