Sat. Jun 22nd, 2024
Kentucky legislature moves forward with plans for mental health juvenile detention facility

A bill has been introduced by a Kentucky House committee that aims to establish a special mental health juvenile detention facility for high-acuity youth. The sponsor, Sen. Danny Carroll, emphasized the importance of this bill, calling it a critical move. Senate Bill 252 has already passed the Senate and is now up for consideration by the full House.

With only five days left in the 60-day 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 February 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.

Additionally, 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 while the Cabinet for Health and Family Services would partner with them to provide appropriate mental health treatment.

While the General Assembly’s two-year budget is not yet finalized, funding was included for each of the female-only facilities and mental health facility as per Senator Carroll’s request. Carroll stressed on how urgent it was to establish such a facility as delaying this initiative could result in at least four years before addressing the issue which he deemed unacceptable.

By Aiden Nguyen

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