Philly stops sending kids another Pa. residential youth services provider

Pat Loeb
April 24, 2019 - 5:41 pm

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia officials have stopped sending children to two residential facilities in the wake of a state investigation. 

Department of Human Services spokesperson Heather Keafer says the city "closed intake" to a site in western Pennsylvania and one in northeastern Pennsylvania. Both are run by Mid-Atlantic Youth Services, one of the companies involved in the "kids for cash" scandal in which a former owner paid judges to send children there.

Keafer was not specific about what led to the action but said the department wanted to work on program improvements. 

"Generally, what we're looking at is trying to make sure that they're focused on using best practice models, that all staff are trained in what those models are so they can more effectively serve youth in their care," she said.

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Keafer says nine Philadelphia youth remain at the western Pennsylvania facility and 30 at the site in Luzerne County. A spokesman for the state Human Services Department says it is conducting an ongoing investigation, which has been going on for several months, but would not say what prompted it. 

Mid-Atlantic did not respond to requests for comment.