Arizona Child Protective Services has removed an undisclosed number of youths from Parc Place, a Chandler-based residential treatment center with a history of allegations of sexual and physical misconduct involving troubled young people who live there.
Acadia Healthcare, Parc Place’s parent company in Franklin, Tenn., confirmed Tuesday to The Arizona Republic that CPS had removed some children from its supervision. The company declined to provide additional details and would not say how many kids were removed. However, state officials indicated late Tuesday that the children would soon be returned.
Calls to Parc Place Chief Executive David Polunas were not returned. He did, however, report to the Arizona Department of Health Services, which licenses the facility, that children were removed Friday because of a court order. No other details were provided to the ADHS.
It is unclear what prompted CPS, which is part of the state Department of Economic Security, to remove the youths. Eleanor Andersen, DES spokeswoman, declined to answer questions about the reason for the removals or how many kids were taken.
However, in a written statement late Tuesday, Andersen said, “Over the weekend, the Department of Economic Security responded to safety concerns raised by the court regarding children at Parc Place. The department took necessary precautions to address the court’s concerns, including the removal of children. After (a) closed proceeding this afternoon, the (Juvenile) Court ordered the return or retention of children at Parc Place. The department will comply with the court’s orders.”
Earlier in the day, Andersen said that the DES contracts with Parc Place to provide services to foster children who require residential treatment and that they had been removed “out of an abundance of caution and in light of recent allegations.”
A version of this column originally appeared in www.azcentral.com.