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Cornerstone on track for April 1 opening of Davy Crockett facility
Houston County Courier

By Lynda Jones

Tyreen Green, program manager for Cornerstone Programs, was full of praise for Houston County officials when he spoke to the Deep East Texas Council of Governments Board of Directors Thursday, Feb. 27, and so far, everything is on track for an April 1 opening of the Davy Crockett Regional Juvenile Facility. During his presentation, Green reviewed the history of the Crockett State School closure and mentioned Cornerstone has had a good relationship with the Texas Youth Commission (now known as the Texas Juvenile Justice System) for about 11 years at Cornerstone's Garza County facility in Post. He said that during the development of Cornerstone's relationship with Houston County and the City of Crockett, everyone Cornerstone officials met with shared the company's passion for working with kids. He gave special recognition to Angela Cross of the Houston County Juvenile Probation Office and Dr. Douglas Moore, superintendent of the Crockett ISD. "Long story short, this became a perfect match," Green said. He noted that the state removed all its furniture and when the CSS closed, so the facility currently is undergoing renovation and refitting with furniture and appliances before it opens as the Davy Crockett Regional Juvenile Facility in April. Employee recruitment by the Texas Workforce Commission has been incredibly successful, Green said. He said they received more than 350 applications and nearly 90 applicants attended the job fair held at the Crockett Civic Center on Feb. 11. Green said 40 employees have been hired and they will have an orientation day on March 17. Cornerstone hopes to have 100 employees at the Davy Crockett Regional Juvenile Center by the end of the year, according to Green. Like at the Garza County facility Cornerstone operates in Post, Green said, the Davy Crockett Regional Juvenile Facility will accept juvenile offenders from federal, state and county courts. Having the program located in Crockett will benefit the counties in the DETCOG region that currently transport their juvenile offenders to and from a state facility outside Dallas. Green also said Cornerstone will operate transport vehicles that can pick up and return offenders directly to the region's courts. In explaining Cornerstone's cultural relationship and therapeutic approach for juvenile offenders (instead of a correctional approach that historically does not succeed in turning wayward youth in the right direction), Green said Cornerstone will offer a continuum of services, including post-adjudication treatment opportunities. While youth are at the facility, they will receive on-site educational services provided by CISD teachers and there also will be pre-GED preparation classes for those who want to have their GED when they leave. Also, the facility will provide a sex offender treatment program and a drug and alcohol treatment program.


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