LANSING, Mich., Aug. 28, 2023 — The Eaton County Youth Facility held a groundbreaking ceremony for its expansion last week. The project will create two new housing pods with a total of 14 beds, one new classroom, two new offices and one large dayroom. It will add nearly 14,000 square feet to the facility’s space for residential housing and treatment programs.

“The Eaton County Youth Facility plays a critical role in rehabilitating and supporting young people in our community,” said state Rep. Angela Witwer (Delta Township), who helped secure $3 million for the project in the state budget. “These young people have potential that’s waiting to be unlocked. By investing in them at this critical stage and supporting their rehabilitation, we can significantly alter the trajectory of their lives.”

The Eaton County Youth Facility provides a safe and secure environment for youth involved in the juvenile justice system. The facility offers trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, family therapy, substance abuse counseling and daily group therapy sessions focused on anger management, life skills, relationships and communication, and personal responsibility, among other topics. The facility also provides community service and physical fitness programs, as well as educational support.

Project leaders anticipate the expansion’s completion in 2024.