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Colorado governor’s plan for homeless recovery campus in Watkins gets initial approval after fiery debate

A $45-million, controversial plan to turn a now-vacant, rural campus that previously housed teens in the criminal justice and foster care systems into a “recovery campus” for the homeless passed its first Capitol hearing Monday.  A committee voted 4-3 to advance the measure despite festering questions about why Gov. Jared Polis’ administration shut down the […]

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Colorado hires private investigators to find teens who went missing when the state abruptly closed a youth center

When state child welfare officials arrived at a now-closed youth center to collect teenagers and send them to other placements, surprised kids scattered into the fields surrounding the residential facility in Watkins. A month later, two teenage boys are still missing.  And in the aftermath of what critics are calling a botched operation to abruptly […]

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Colorado shuts down youth center in Watkins after allegations of drugs, fights and improper restraints of kids

State officials moved to shut down a residential treatment center for troubled kids and teens Thursday, arriving on campus after a high school graduation ceremony and moving children to other placements. Ridge View Youth Services Center, where kids attend an on-campus charter school and receive intense treatment for behavioral health, was informed that its contract […]