The Harrisburg Patriot-News published an op-ed piece by YSAP President Craig Adamson. Adamson writes:
At a time when Pennsylvania faces significant budget challenges, cutting dollars often means cutting long- standing government services.
However, there are many opportunities to achieve savings without sacrifice by privatizing the delivery of state-supported children and youth services.
In fact, the privatization of Pennsylvania’s delinquent youth treatment centers would save the state millions of dollars without cutting a single service.
Throughout Pennsylvania, there are seven state-run Youth Development Centers and Youth Forestry Camps that serve about 600 delinquent youths.
These centers are funded mostly by state dollars; however, the per diem cost of treating youth in these state-run facilities is significantly higher than their privately run counterparts — close to double in some instances.