Hills Youth and Family Services close after 112 years
DULUTH, Minn. – A local youth treatment center in Duluth that has been helping children and families for 112 years is to close.
The Hills Center has served as a residential juvenile treatment facility for more than 100 years, but in less than a month, it is scheduled to shut down for good on July 2.
After the group opened a mental health facility in East Bethel, Minnesota, in April 2020, and had to close it last week, it was still bad news for their Duluth facility.
Hills management reports that funding issues and the impacts of COVID are the cause of the heartbreaking end of these operations.
“The State of Minnesota is losing 110 beds for children with mental health and behavior problems, and there is such a need for these services that it is very disheartening to have to close due to financial problems,” Leslie Chaplin , president and CEO of Hills, said.
Besides the impacts of COVID, funding issues were a huge hurdle, and a partnership could have been the answer to all of their problems, “we could have done a lot to save things here, it needed a real partnership from the department. State Social Services. and it just hasn’t been there, there hasn’t been any partnership, ”Chaplin said.
Although residential help will no longer be available, some programs at The Hills will remain open, such as the free Neighborhood Youth Services after-school program and various day treatment sites open across the county.
“There are resources available that families can still access preventively, it will be a waste, but there are still community services available that can support children and families,” Paula Stocke, deputy director of public service. Health and social services, said.
The Hills hope to leave behind a legacy of success as they have helped so many members of the community to live a better place.
Employee relocation plans for their nearly 100 employees in Duluth are still ongoing.