Title

"Cover Story" piece on the Maine Youth Center juvenile correctional facility in

Authors

Allen Dammann

Source

Casco Bay Weekly

Date

4-26-2001

Pages

12-15, 1

Abstract

"Cover Story" piece on the Maine Youth Center juvenile correctional facility in South Portland and parents of some residents who want more involvement in the treatment of their children. Eddita Felt, an advocate at the Disability Rights Center, a nonprofit organization based in Augusta, co-founded the No More Throwaway Kids Coalition last year after hearing distraught parents of residents complain that their children's illnesses, changes in their medication and psychological evaluations are frequently not reported to them and that they are being ignored by the center's administration. Lars Olsen, the facility's current superintendent, said many of these issues have been addressed under his stewardship. The center now offers parent-child counseling and is gearing up to move its operations into a new $32 million walled complex that administrators promise will bring closer observation, tighter security, better equipment and a more therapeutic living environment.

Subjects

Long Creek Youth Development Center -- South Portland

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