Colorado clears teen treatment center to reopen

PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — Adolescent treatment cottages in Pueblo that were shut down by the state after allegations of children being placed in solitary confinement will be allowed to reopen.

The Chieftain reports that El Pueblo's therapeutic intervention cottages were cleared for reopening Thursday by the Colorado Department of Human Services (http://bit.ly/1d1zomW).

In April, the department shut down El Pueblo's therapeutic intervention cottages, also called reflections cottages. The Colorado chapter of the ACLU filed a complaint that included allegations El Pueblo was placing children in solitary confinement.

Over the course of the last eight months, El Pueblo has been working to improve the physical structure of the cottages as well as the way it tracks residents and provides service to them.

It's unclear how soon the cottages will be in use.

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Information from: The Pueblo Chieftain, http://www.chieftain.com

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