Campus of Care gets $500K from state

AUSTINTOWN — The State Controlling Board awarded $500,000 for programs and improvements to the former Youngstown Developmental Center, now known as the Campus of Care.

The board is giving the money to Alta Care Group Inc. and the Mahoning County Mental Health Recovery Board to renovate an existing building, and to work with children who have addiction and mental health problems as well as provide Head Start services, said state Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan, D-Youngstown.

“While the state grapples with coronavirus and other important national topics, we simply cannot forget that we are still in the middle of the opioid epidemic,” she said. “Young people throughout Mahoning County will greatly benefit from this allocation and the opportunity to make this important change in their lives.”

The state announced in February 2015 that YDC — a residential facility for the developmentally disabled on County Line Road in Austintown, near the Weathersfield border — would shut down. It closed in June 2017.

Since then, several organizations have worked to create the Campus of Care. The plan is to offer services from county and nonprofit agencies to seniors, youth, veterans and those with mental, physical and developmental disabilities.

“This funding will provide Alta the opportunity to work with youth on resiliency and recovery in a safe environment,” said Duane Piccirilli, executive director of the county mental health and recovery board. “The Youngstown Developmental Center for years provided a safety net for our most vulnerable citizens. This funding will provide the means to continue these type of services” there.


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