Effective July 1, at midnight, Nevada based Rite of Passage will complete the transition of youth services.
Part of that transition will include implementing the “ROP way,” explained Executive Director for the Southeast Region, Mike Cantrell. “We will be working to help turn the lives of these kids around.”
Cantrell added they have been working closely with the Division of Youth Services to make sure necessary changes are being made. For example, lighting, cameras, and lawn equipment. Cantrell added that they have also requested a new vehicle. “We want to improve the safety at the campus and improve the appearance,” he added.
From day one, Cantrell stated that a seasoned ROP team will be working on site to assist the Mansfield staff. “It is easier for us if the employees who are already there, stay,” he added. Although Cantrell did admit that changes are being implemented due to the reduction of clients at the facility. “It was originally staffed for 50 kids. But, under the governor’s juvenile reform plan, there will only be between 24-30 kids.” Cantrell went on to explain that staffing changes were necessary and a good business decision. “For example,” Cantrell explained, “there were four case managers for 24 kids…those people may not be offered case manager positions, but they will be offered other positions. It is easier for us if they stay.”
The MJTC will remain an all male facility, housing moderate to high offenders.