More therapeutic services are needed in Ohio to help families with troubled teens

I left Marietta at 18 and have only returned for brief visits to see my family. I reside in Central Virginia near Charlottesville and work as a counselor with troubled teenagers at an “alternative” school.

Through the programs that Virginia offers, I have been fortunate to help many teens turn their lives around.

Unfortunately, in trying to help my family get the help they need I have seen many doors slammed in their face by D.S.S., the school system and the court system.

I know for a fact, many programs are federally funded and that money is there for all states. Unfortunately, Ohio must consider itself a reactive state and not proactive.

For those of you that call yourselves professionals and going above and beyond, you all should be ashamed of yourselves!

Please make some changes, think outside the box and give families the opportunities to get more therapeutic services in place.

Elizabeth Knotts

Scottsville, Va.