Report: Mental health care at Ill. center lacking
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Medical care for severe mental illness at a Kewanee juvenile detention center is so inadequate, the state should find another place for residents needing care "to prevent the violation of their constitutional right to treatment," a report released Thursday says.
Only eight of 17 mental health positions were filled at the Illinois Youth Center-Kewanee, the state's designated facility for delinquent young people with the worst mental disturbances, when the John Howard Association visited in September.
As a result, Kewanee residents get only half as much treatment as all detainees at another, general-population facility.
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