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At-risk provider dropping foster-care services in Illinois

From Illinois Business Journal news services

Civitas Solutions, Inc. says it is discontinuing services to at-risk youth in the state of Illinois by June 30.

Last month, Boston-based Civitas informed the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services of this decision and since that time said it has been working closely with DCFS to execute a “comprehensive transition plan.”

Without specifying why it was taking the action, Civitas did say that its management regularly reviews its operations “to ensure that all services remain a good strategic fit, financially sustainable, and capable of ensuring consistently positive outcomes for its stakeholders.”

This action will have no impact on Civitas’ services in Illinois for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and those recovering from brain injuries, the company said.

“It has been our privilege for more than 25 years to partner with the state of Illinois to support children and adolescents in community-based programming aimed at achieving permanency and stability for each young person we have served,” Bruce Nardella, president and CEO of Civitas Solutions said in a statement isssued late Monday. “We are grateful for our dedicated staff, clinical professionals and foster parents who collectively are responsible for enhancing the lives of thousands of children and adolescents.”

As of February 2015, Civitas was serving approximately 475 children and adolescents in Illinois, including nearly 400 in its foster care programs. Revenues for the 12 months ended February 28, 2015 were approximately $9.4 million. Fiscal year 2015 year-to-date through February, Civitas’ Illinois programs for at-risk youth did not contribute to the Company’s profitability.

Civitas Solutions, Inc. is a national provider of home- and community-based health and human services to individuals with intellectual, developmental, physical or behavioral disabilities and other special needs.

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