(Plain Press, March 2017) Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court Judge Michael Ryan urged Cuyahoga County residents to lobby their state legislature for an increase in funding for residential treatment programs for juveniles in Cuyahoga County.
Judge Ryan said if judges had the option of sending more of the youths they see in Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court to residential treatment programs, it would “diminish the number of kids out on the street.”
Judge Ryan shared his thoughts in a small group break out, as part of a January 31st Community Safety Meeting at OLA St. Joseph Center in the Tremont neighborhood. Ryan said there is “less money for residential treatment in Cuyahoga County than needed.” He said the formula used by the Ohio Department of Youth Services to distribute funds, results in less funding in proportion to need for counties such as Cuyahoga with large populations.
Some of residential treatment programs the court he mentioned were: Ohio Guidestone, Cleveland Christian Home and Glenn Mills.
Judge Ryan singled out Glenn Mills for praise, estimating that 75% of youths assigned there don’t return to court. He said the program helps youths to work on obtaining their GED or graduating from high school.