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Parmadale's residential treatment center closes

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Catholic Charities announced on Wednesday, January 15, that it will no longer use Parmadale Institute as a residential treatment center for troubled youths.

Although the center will no longer offer housing, it will continue to provide other services, including mental-health services and community-based treatment for youths and families.

Parmadale's orphanage opened almost 90 years ago in 1925.

The facility's focus shifted gears a bit in 2009 when the Parmadale Institute began concentrating on children dealing with severe behavioral and emotional issues.

The news of the facility closing comes after the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services placed Parmadale on probation last September after allegations that a former shift coordinator had an on-going sexual relationship with a 13-year-old girl at the treatment center.

In December 2013, a Cuyahoga County grand jury indicted 34-year-old Cassondra Goodson of Cleveland on 29 charges, including sexual battery, unlawful contact with a minor and interfering with custody.

Due to the probation, Parmadale was unable to accept children from various county and state agencies until the issues were resolved.

Only 14 children are currently being housed at Parmadale which is far from the maximum of 80 that the facility is equipped to serve.

The treatment center will find other facilities for the youths to transfer to in the next 45 days.

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