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Bruce Normile Juvenile Justice Center receives grant to better operations

The Bruce Normile Juvenile Justice Center in Kirksville was awarded a grant by the Missouri Foundation for Health. (KTVO File)

One Heartland center that works to help at-risk youth is the recipient of a grant aimed at bettering the facility.

The Bruce Normile Juvenile Justice Center in Kirksville was awarded a grant by the Missouri Foundation for Health.

The grant totals $137,000.

The funds will go toward providing resources, staff training and assessments based on the most current research behavioral therapy.

The juvenile center provides both residential treatment and secure detention services.

Secure detention houses young people ages 12 to 16 who have violated the law.

Residential treatment accommodates ages 12 to 18, who have not violated the law, but whose environment and behaviors require short-term care by the court.

Staffers at the juvenile center are pleased they've been awarded the funding.

Administrator Patrick Williams says "the grant focuses on intensive staff training, facility assessment and developing long-term improvement goals."

Ultimately, Williams wants to provide staff with the skills to better understand the needs of residents.

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