October 2012: Report to Legislature Studies WV Childrens’ Behavioral Health Options
WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY—Every year, the state of West Virginia places between 40 and 60 children under the age of 11 in residential care facilities in other states. Children are primarily placed out of state as state workers, parents, or court officials deem that these placements are needed for behavioral health reasons. There are very few in-state residential services for children this young. The ultimate goal of policymakers and those involved in the welfare of these children is to best serve their needs and provide for the best future outcomes. This report considers the benefits and challenges associated with serving some or all of these children in West Virginia. Read More..