The Cleveland City Council is considering a $1 million proposal to bring additional counselors and training to staff to the city’s 21 recreation centers, something supporters say will help reduce youth violence and crime.
As part of the proposed program, the city would sign a contract with Frontline Service, a non-profit mental health provider. In addition to training the staff at the city’s nearly two dozen recreation centers, the proposal would also place an additional counselor at each facility. The plan is part of Mayor Frank Jackson’s initiative to reduce youth violence
For children and teenagers dealing with toxic stress and trauma, experts believe the earlier they receive treatment or counseling the better off they will be. Supporters say the recreation centers are the best places to give this help because, in many neighborhoods, they have become much more than a place to play basketball — they’ve become community centers. For many kids, they’re also a place of refuge, said Councilman Blaine Griffin.
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