WARM SPRINGS, Ga. (AP) — State officials contend that closing an outdoor program in west Georgia is best for the state's troubled teens.
However, state lawmakers and employees of the Warm Springs Outdoor Therapeutic Program are questioning the decision to close it and the way it was made.
The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports (http://bit.ly/19XGU4x) that state officials have fired the program director and the program is scheduled to close Aug. 31. It serves teens from all over Georgia at its mountaintop site near Warm Springs, about 40 miles north of Columbus.
The Columbus newspaper reports that at least 200 people have joined an online petition asking Gov. Nathan Deal to intervene. The governor's spokesman, Brian Robinson, referred questions to Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Commissioner Frank Berry, who wasn't reached for comment.
Information from: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, http://ledger-enquirer.com
Created: Mon, 12 Aug 2013 09:14:53 EST
Updated: Mon, 12 Aug 2013 09:14:53 EST