New director at Valley Ridge CIT

NORWICH – Change is afoot once again at Valley Ridge, but state health officials confirm that there are no plans to close the maximum security institution in the Town of Norwich.

Valley Ridge Center for Intensive Treatment has a new director, James Skrzeczkowski. He replaces interim Director John Gleason, who came on board last May. Skrzeczkowski is the sixth director the facility has seen since being built back in 2002 and the fourth since Valley Ridge came under the auspices of Broome Developmental Disabilities Services Organization in mid-2009.

Both Valley Ridge and Broome DDSO are programs of the New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities. Originally, Valley Ridge fell directly under the auspices of OPWDD (formerly known as OMRDD).

The leadership change resulted from personnel and best practices reforms made at 13 OPWDD institutions last year, a spokesman said last week. The transformations will eventually result in four to five Local Intensive Treatment facilities closing over the coming years, including the Wassaic LIT, and one DDSO institution in the Finger Lakes.

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