Intermountain board ‘reasserts’ commitment to reopen residential program

The Intermountain board of directors passed a resolution Monday that “reasserts” that it is committed to reopening and enhancing the residential program that served children with behavioral issues, saying its closure violates the core values of the organization.

The board also passed a motion directing staff to prepare a strategic plan and an approximate date to reopen the residential program, an Intermountain spokeswoman said. That plan is due to the board in 30 days.

Intermountain announced Aug. 31 that it would temporarily close its residential program beginning Sept. 22 due to a staffing shortage, saying there would not be enough workers to cover shifts at its cottages. The decision impacts 16 children, ages 4-14, and 55 employees in two cottages. Intermountain has said it will help the children with relocation.

The board’s resolution passed Monday said it reasserts “its commitment to reopen, and enhance the residential program we are known for, aligning with our mission to deliver outstanding care and support to our community with fidelity to the Developmental Relational clinical model we have been known for.”

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