Fort Collins nonprofit Turning Point shuts down residential youth treatment program

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Turning Point has closed its Fort Collins, Colo., residential program for youth in favor of spending its resources on outpatient behavioral health programs.

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 only seven youths in its residential treatment program and 180 youths in its outpatient services in Larimer and Weld counties, Executive Director Stephanie Lefke said. 

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

The seven youths in the residential program were transferred to other residential programs for youths struggling with behavioral issues. 

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During the past two years, the residential program had suffered from shifts in guidelines for residential placement, increased needs and risk level of youths that didn’t match the services it provides, the pandemic and struggles recruiting qualified staff.

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

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

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