Turning Point Ends Fort Collins Youth Residential Treatment Program

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The Turning Point Center for Youth and Family Development in Fort Collins closed its residential treatment program this month to focus on its outpatient behavioral health services.

The 56-year-old center had just seven young people in its residential treatment program and 180 young people in its outpatient services in Larimer and Weld counties, executive director Stephanie Lefke said.

“We wanted to put more emphasis on our outpatient services. We want to focus our energy on (providing services) where children are kept,” she said.

The seven youth in the residential program were transferred to other residential programs for youth with behavioral problems.

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Over the past two years, the residential program has suffered from changes in residential placement guidelines, an increase in the needs and risk level of young people who did not match the services it offers, the pandemic and difficulties in recruiting qualified staff.

Established in 1967 as an emergency shelter for youth in the juvenile justice system, Turning Point now offers outpatient therapy and counseling services for youth and young adults struggling with substance abuse, behavioral issues or mental health in northern Colorado.

Starting in September, Turning Point plans to provide intensive outpatient services from its Fort Collins and Greeley locations. The goal is to become accredited with various insurance companies to offer these new services to private insurance and Medicaid families, the nonprofit organization said on its website.

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