Oregon brings kids with special needs back to state

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The state of Oregon has brought back dozens of children with special needs from out-of-state facilities where they were sometimes subjected to deplorable conditions.

Gov. Kate Brown’s Child Welfare Oversight Board said Wednesday that currently, 37 children in the child welfare system are being served in an out-of-state facility, down from as many as 88.

The state also intends to develop additional psychiatric residential treatment services, hire more caseworkers and work more closely with families.

Brown said that in order to bring children in out-of-state facilities back to Oregon, the state needs to develop more capacity to serve children with complex needs.