FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
President & CEO
Good Shepherd Services
Good Shepherd Services to Sunset Residential Treatment Program
Task force will be formed to realign ministry; announcement planned within 18 months
BALTIMORE, Md. (February 16, 2017)—Good Shepherd Services today announced its unanimous board decision to sunset its residential treatment program.
The organization’s residential treatment experience provides a therapeutic setting where adolescents have the time and opportunity to grow within the values embraced by the organization (zeal, mercy, reconciliation and individual worth) through the administration of psychiatric, psychological and clinical services. Good Shepherd has been providing residential treatment since its formation in 1864, serving thousands of Maryland’s young people during its 153-year history.
Good Shepherd is known throughout the behavioral health community for treating youth who are facing the most challenging situations, including persistent mental health issues, complex and profound trauma issues and long-standing substance abuse.
“Our residential treatment center has operated as a State approved facility for multiple Maryland state agencies. We historically have been one of the only Maryland providers who accept youth who have exhausted all other options. We do this because we believe that the vulnerable persons we serve are inherently precious and deserving of our support to help them reach their maximum potential as they move toward a better life,” says Michele Wyman, President and CEO. She adds, “After a full discussion regarding internal and external operating challenges, coupled with ongoing policy-based discussions, our leadership team moved toward making this incredibly difficult decision.”
William Buttarazzi, Good Shepherd Services Board Chair adds, “Within the past several weeks, there has been an unanticipated withdrawal of children from Good Shepherd’s care due to ongoing operating concerns by the State of Maryland. While I am one hundred percent confident these issues could have been resolved with constructive dialogue, the State’s sudden action thrust Good Shepherd into a financial corner in which our options are limited. We are deeply saddened for the disruption this will cause to the care of the children and additional pain it will bring to their families. We are further saddened for the several hundred dedicated and loyal workers who will be adversely impacted by the State’s precipitous actions.”
Regarding the approximate timeline milestones of the sunset strategy:
- All children (residents) will be transitioned to other facilities or residences in approximately 30 days. Currently, there are 49 children in Good Shepherd’s care.
- All staff members will be employed through the next 60 days; Good Shepherd will work with more than 200 employees to give them their full support during this transition. More than 100 additional vendor and contractual employees will also be adversely impacted.
- Within 90 days, a task force will be formed to re-evaluate the long-term mission for Good Shepherd in Baltimore.
- Within 12 months from the formation of the task force, a new ministry for Good Shepherd will be announced.