NH Police called for incident at Sununu Youth Services Center

New Hampshire officials said three separate incidents Tuesday night at the Sununu Youth Services Center led to a call for police help because staff members had too much to deal with. “Several young people became upset, deregulated, around the same time,” said Health and Social Services Commissioner Lori Shibinette. “So the staff there at the time felt that calling in law enforcement for help was the appropriate thing to do.” State and Manchester Police responded to the incidents. Officials said 13 residents and 15 staff members were inside the facility at the time. kids, what you end up having is a situation where they’re very scattered,” said Joe Ribsam, director of the Children, Youth and Families Division. There were a few minor injuries, but officials said for the most part everyone was OK. Formerly known as the Youth Development Center, the facility has been the subject of an ongoing criminal investigation. Hundreds of former residents have sued the state and 11 former employees have been charged with sexual abuse or assault, with some alleged incidents dating back to the 1960s. The state has established a $100 million settlement fund to victims, but advocates said they were concerned about the structure of the payouts. Now several parties, including the attorney general’s office, are working to incorporate improvements and resubmit the plan to a committee. The facility is also expected to close in March, but Ribsam said officials are still waiting for lawmakers to sort out the details. He said the hope is to build a smaller facility that promotes a different atmosphere. “We think this is going to help youth programming and help us better meet their needs,” he said. Officials plan to visit the facility on Thursday to review the tape, speak to staff members and discuss any potential changes that need to be made.

New Hampshire officials said three separate incidents Tuesday night at the Sununu Youth Services Center led to a call for police help as staff members had too much to deal with.

State officials said residents were distraught and the situation had escalated, resulting in property damage at the facility.

“Several young people became upset, deregulated, around the same time,” said Health and Social Services Commissioner Lori Shibinette. “So the staff there at the time felt calling in law enforcement was the appropriate thing to do.”

State and Manchester Police are responding to the incidents. Officials said 13 residents and 15 staff members were inside the facility at the time.

Officials told News 9 that a resident got upset and began damaging property, causing a ripple effect throughout the building.

“So even if you had more staff than children, you end up having a situation where they’re very dispersed,” said Joe Ribsam, director of the Children, Youth and Families Division.

There were a few minor injuries, but officials said for the most part everyone was fine.

Formerly known as the Youth Development Center, the facility is the subject of an ongoing criminal investigation. Hundreds of former residents have sued the state and 11 former employees have been charged with sexual abuse or assault, with some alleged incidents dating back to the 1960s.

The state created a $100 million settlement fund for victims, but advocates said they were concerned about the structure of the payments. Now several parties, including the attorney general’s office, are working to incorporate improvements and resubmit the plan to a committee.

The facility is also expected to close in March, but Ribsam said officials are still waiting for lawmakers to sort out the details. He said the hope is to build a smaller facility that promotes a different atmosphere.

“We think this is going to help youth programming and help us better meet their needs,” he said.

Officials plan to visit the facility on Thursday to review the tape, speak to staff members and discuss any potential changes to be made.

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