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Funding squeeze leads to staffing concerns at juvenile center

Published: Nov. 19, 2014 at 9:14 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 17, 2014 at 9:14 PM CST
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6 full-time positions at the Neaves-Davis Center have already gone unfilled. (Source: WAFF file)
6 full-time positions at the Neaves-Davis Center have already gone unfilled. (Source: WAFF file)

MADISON COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - Leaders with Madison County's juvenile detention center said state cuts could lead to major staff shortages.

The Neaves-Davis Center for Children already let six full-time positions go unfilled.

Now there are fears part-time employees may leave because of new rules.

Center leaders brought the issue in front of the Madison County Commission Wednesday. They said if something isn't done soon, more staffing problems could pop up in the coming months.

The Neaves-Davis Center for Children is a 48-bed juvenile detention center in Madison County.

The county commission supports the juvenile center with more than $1.5-million a year.

That includes a $149,000 grant they approved Wednesday morning.

Neaves-Davis leaders said the real issue is state funding.

In 2007, the state gave the juvenile detention facility $444,000. This year, that number has dropped to $149,000.

In turn, center leaders said that means they don't have money to fill open positions.

To make matters worse, starting next month part-time employees will only be allowed to work 29 hours a week.

Juvenile center leaders said there's a fear some part-time staff will leave for other jobs and leave them in an even bigger pinch.

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