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Kentucky Moves to Establish Special Mental Health Facility for High-Acuity Youth in Juvenile Detention

BySamantha Johnson

Mar 27, 2024
Kentucky legislature moves forward with plans for mental health juvenile detention facility

A bill that aims to establish a special mental health juvenile detention facility for high-acuity youth has been advanced by a Kentucky House committee. Sponsored by Sen. Danny Carroll, the bill is considered a critical move and has already passed the Senate.

With only 11 days left in the legislative session, time is running out for the bill to become law. The legislature must pass bills by Friday in order to preserve their right to override a potential veto by Gov. Andy Beshear. Under Carroll’s bill, Kentucky would begin operating two female detention centers by Feb. 1, 2026 – one in Central Kentucky and one in the western part of the state. A third facility could be built if the first two reach capacity.

In addition to these facilities, Kentucky would also build a 16-bed acute mental health facility designed to house juveniles in need of specialized treatment for aggression, violence, or property destruction. The Department of Juvenile Justice would own and staff the facility, with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services partnering to provide appropriate mental health treatment.

While funding for these facilities is not yet finalized as part of the General Assembly’s two-year budget, Senator Carroll emphasized the urgency of establishing a mental health facility for youth in the justice system. He stated that delaying this initiative would result in at least four years before addressing the issue, which he deemed as unacceptable.

By Samantha Johnson

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