High Meadows is the only state-operated treatment facility that provides round-the-clock, on-site nursing and medical care for adolescent boys with serious emotional and behavioral problems. Governor Rell suggested closing High Meadows earlier this year, and eliminated funding in her budget proposals. Lawmakers reinstated the money.
Now Attorney General Richard Blumenthal says based on the budget, legislators clearly intended for the facility to remain operational:
"The governor has broad power to allocate or reallocate funds, but not to shut a facility that the legislature very explicitly directs to remain open."
State officials have been moving boys out of the facility, placing them at home or in other residential programs in and out of state.
For WNPR, I’m Diane Orson.