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DCS: "FURTHER PROGRESS NEEDS TO BE MADE" AT WERNLE

(Richmond, IN)--On Thursday, Kicks 96 and The Point News reported that the number of new clients at Wernle Youth and Family Treatment Center had been restricted by the state based on numerous factors.  Here’s more.  According to documents obtained from the Department of Child Services, a staff member accused of physically assaulting a child earlier this year was not removed but was instead assigned to a different unit.  The DCS requires staff members to be placed on leave pending an investigation, but that did not occur.  A letter from DCS to Wernle also addresses multiple runaways, instances of youth climbing onto the roof of a building, fights, and property destruction.  The DCS letter states "further progress needs to be made with Wernle's License before youth are allowed to be transitioned into this unit."  The DCS said that it will work to ensure the safety of all youth and staff and will monitor corrective measures being demanded of Wernle.

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