Staffers At State Youth Lock-Up In Montour County Named In Abuse Suit

A non-profit advocacy group for disabled children and adults in Pennsylvania has filed a federal lawsuit against the State Department of Human Services alleging physical and emotional abuse of the kids at the state’s 3 Youth Development Centers including the North Central Secure Treatment Unit (NCSTU) on the ground’s of the Danville State Hospital. The 125-page lawsuit by Disability Rights Pennsylvania details repeated instances of assault, intimidation, humiliation, and the illegal use of restraints as well as subsequent cover-ups by staff and administrators at the facilities. Five of the 11 youth complaints detailed in the suit involve the NCSTU in Danville. Disability Rights Pennsylvania says approximately 70 percent of the children placed at the Youth Development Centers have mental health, developmental, or intellectual disabilities.