Cottonwood employees work to keep facility open - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Cottonwood employees work to keep facility open

Posted: Updated:
  • Heartland NewsMore>>

  • Veteran to walk the length of Illinois to raise awareness

    Veteran to walk the length of Illinois to raise awareness

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 7:46 PM EDT2014-07-23 23:46:30 GMT
    The distance from Cairo, Illinois to the Wisconsin border is 435 miles. Will Trow will walk every mile.
    The distance from Cairo, Illinois to the Wisconsin border is 435 miles. Will Trow will walk every mile.
  • Debate about whether “Right to Farm” is right for Missouri

    Debate about whether “Right to Farm” is right for Missouri

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 7:45 PM EDT2014-07-23 23:45:00 GMT
    It’s a heavily debated issue that will come to a vote on the August ballot. It’s called "Right to Farm" or Amendment 1.Many farmers say it would protect them from too much government regulation, but other locals say it would keep the government from protecting the environment.
    It’s a heavily debated issue that will come to a vote on the August ballot. It’s called "Right to Farm" or Amendment 1.Many farmers say it would protect them from too much government regulation, but other locals say it would keep the government from protecting the environment.
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Cottonwood Residential Treatment Facility employees were out trying to drum up support on Tuesday to keep the facility open.

The closure is a result of Missouri Governor Jay Nixon vetoing a $144.6 million general revenue spending and restricted $641.6 million in general revenue expenditures on Tuesday, June 24 in an effort to put the Fiscal Year 2015 budget back into balance.

Tuesday, workers were trying to spread the word about the work they do by handing out fliers and writing their message in chalk on sidewalks. They are hoping to build enough sentiment to keep the doors open.

A therapist at the center says a lot of children at Cottonwood have exhausted other treatment options.

"A lot of our kids are physically aggressive," Jeanie Dale, a therapist, said. "A lot of our kids self harm. A lot of our kids engage in property destruction and are incredibly impulsive. These things can't be maintained in a home, in a school, in a community."

The group has created a Facebook group and an online petition to keep Cottonwood from closing.

Copyright 2014 KFVS. All rights reserved. 

Powered by WorldNow

310 Broadway
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

FCC Public File
publicfile@kfvs12.com
573-335-1212
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KFVS12. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.