Mountain View facility retains accreditation

Published: Feb. 15, 2017 at 11:01 AM EST
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The Department of Children's Services and the Mountain View Youth Development Center retained accreditation Wednesday through the Council On Accreditation.

According to reports, Tennessee is one of only six states to have their child welfare agency accredited and the first state to have juvenile justice residential state run facilities accredited.

The accreditation process involved an extensive review of the department's policies and procedures.

The next accreditation cycle is expected to start in May 2017.

This comes after the Department of Children's Services announced plans to transform Mountain View into a privately-operated facility.

39 juvenile offenders are currently housed at the Dandridge facility that has a 144-bed capacity and a reputation for reports of riots, sexual misconduct, and alleged abuse.

Officials said the center wants to focus on the mental health needs, job skills, and trauma-informed care of the juvenile justice children in its custody.