Laura Dester to reopen as state’s first treatment center for foster kids with mental health needs

December 16, 2018 7:25 pm

For 19 years, the Robert M. Greer Center in Enid has cultivated a low recidivism rate for re-integrating into society adults who have both intellectual disabilities and severe behavioral challenges.

That approach now will be similarly applied at the Laura Dester Children’s Center in Tulsa to juveniles in foster care who have “co-occurring disorders.” A $1.8 million renovation is nearing completion, with the first nine inpatient beds to be ready by Jan. 7.

Twenty-four beds will be available once renovations are finished, perhaps in March.


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