NORWICH – About half of the approximately 100 people admitted to the Valley Ridge Center For Intensive Treatment since it opened in 2002 have been discharged, and most of them were returned to jail.
The New York State Office of Mental Retardation and Developmentally Disabled facility in the Town of Norwich regularly houses and treats 60, 18-35 year-old males who have a criminal past. Those returned to jail either violated their conditions of probation or parole, or were charged with new crimes.
Of the 46 released over four years, 37 percent were re-incarcerated; 33 percent advanced out and were transferred to a less restrictive OMRDD center to continue treatment; 28 percent were released by the court; and 1 died. Eight other individuals have been discharged, but await openings in the Finger Lakes Regional Intensive Treatment center and Broome County Local Intensive Treatment center. Both are in the process of expanding.