SC behavioral clinic will stop taking DC teens

SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina clinic for teens with behavioral problems will not take any more patients from Washington, D.C., after two escapes.

Palmetto Behavioral Health CEO Cherie D. Tolley told the Post and Courier of Charleston that the clinic is also taking other steps to increase safety like seeking approval to build a 12-foot tall chain link fence.

Tolley says one of the teens who escaped in April had just found out his grandmother had cancer and was trying to get back to see her.

The teens ranged in age from 17 to 19. They were sent to South Carolina because Washington does not have any residential youth treatment centers.

Palmetto Behavioral Health treats adolescent males with sexually aggressive behaviors, substance abuse problems and psychiatric, behavioral or conduct issues.

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