Thursday, July 20, 2017

Staff shortages plague ‘dumping ground’ for Maine youth with mental illness

PORTLAND, Maine — Corrections officials say Maine’s youth prison is overburdened by children with severe mental illnesses, and this population has driven away staff who are not trained to handle them.

This strain has additionally triggered a fresh round of infighting between two of the state’s largest departments, as health and human services officials clash with their counterparts in corrections over where the blame lies and how to solve the problem.

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