Consultants hired to develop NH youth center closure plan

File photo - This Jan. 28, 2020, photo shows the Sununu Youth Services Center in Manchester.
File photo - This Jan. 28, 2020, photo shows the Sununu Youth Services Center in Manchester.(Charles Krupa | AP)
Published: Jul. 5, 2021 at 11:48 AM EDT
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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Plans to close New Hampshire’s youth detention center are quickly taking shape, with a consultant due to submit a preliminary report in the next two weeks.

The two-year state budget that took effect last week includes a mandate to close the Sununu Youth Services Center in Manchester by March 2023.

But the Department of Health and Human Services didn’t wait for the budget; it signed a $55,000 contract with Alvarez & Marsal Public Sector Services of Washington, D.C., on June 8.

The contract, paid for with federal pandemic aid, requires the consultants to deliver a draft closure plan by mid-July and a final report by August.

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