A working group of lawmakers, state officials and community advocates met this week to begin discussing ways to cut costs at the Sununu Youth Services Center and better utilize space there. The group immediately rejected the possibility of closing down the facility altogether.
“This is a good start to the conversation,” Sen. David Boutin told the Concord Monitor after the meeting. “Closing is not an option, so how do we address some of the other issues?”
The group, which is being led by Boutin, is working to preserve the core services at the facility by bringing in some alternative uses, which could include treatment space for teens with drug addiction or mental illness. The group will meet again at 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31, location to be determined. We’ll continue to report on this as the group continues its work.