County has no plans to replace Shiloh House |

County has no plans to replace Shiloh House

Jeremy Browning

Moffat County does not plan to reinstate a youth care center in Craig when Shiloh House closes later this month, according to Moffat County Commissioner Marianna Raftopoulos.

“We would like to see another company come in,” Raftopoulos said.

But the commissioner said if the reputable professionals at Shiloh could not make it work, “I don’t know who else will.”

“They’re professionals in the business,” Raftopoulos said. “They know how to run these types of facilities.”

The county managed the facility previously. Raftopoulos said it was a “drain” on the county coffers

“We couldn’t make it in the youth care center business,” Raftopoulos said.

Moffat County Sheriff Buddy Grinstead said the government should not run residential treatment facilities.

“I’m happy to say that since Shiloh has taken over, we (law enforcement officials) have probably seen an 80 percent decrease in the number of calls to that facility,” Grinstead said.

Grinstead said the Shiloh House excelled at education and security. And they cured the staffing shortages that plagued the home under public direction.

But Shiloh closed for the same reason that shut down the county’s facility in 1999 — too few clients.

The Moffat County Youth Care Center housed only one resident just before it closed. Shiloh currently has eight residents. The home’s administrator, Anthony Noble, said the center rarely had the ten clients needed to break even.

According to Noble, Medicaid payments to residential treatment centers have been frozen by the state for several years.

“The cost per day, per child was way more than we were being reimbursed,” Noble said.

Given enough clients, a home can succeed. Noble said “various homes” owned by Shiloh Inc. are filled to capacity and have previously provided help to the home in Craig.

But with the Craig home gone, Moffat County Social Services will have to place children elsewhere.

“We’ll work real hard to use available resources,” said Marie Peer, director of Social Services.

Moffat County has been lucky to have a treatment center here,

Peer said.

“It’s not a usual thing,” Peer said.

Routt, Grand and Rio Blanco counties do not have residential treatment centers, Peer said.

And placing children outside the county is nothing new, Peer said.

Shiloh House treats only male juveniles. Social Services has used facilities outside the county for placing girls and for boys needing services not provided by Shiloh.

“Even when there was a home here we used others,” Peer said.

But now Social Services will not have the choice to place children locally.

When those children leave the county, so will the money paying their way. A home in another county will be paid instead, Noble said.

But that money actually comes from Moffat County Social Services.

Peer said although Medicaid pays Shiloh, the state deducts that amount from Moffat County’s child welfare fund.

It doesn’t matter where a child gets placed, Moffat County still pays for the treatment. “Not to have a home here means all that money leaves the county,” Noble said.

Social services spent $267,000 last year on residential treatment for juveniles.

Jeremy Browning can be reached at 824-7031 or

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