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South Arkansas Youth Services Inc. filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy last month, after losing a bid in 2016 to continue managing the Dermott Juvenile Treatment Center (above) and four other juvenile centers in Arkansas. Two of its former employees, Jennifer and Aric Knight, have been charged with theft.
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South Arkansas Youth Services Board Was Negligent, Trustee Says

If the board of the defunct South Arkansas Youth Services Inc. of Magnolia had done its job, it could have prevented the CEO from using money for bribes and kickbacks, a lawsuit alleges. read more >
The Dermott Juvenile Correctional Facility as it appeared in May 2014 while South Arkansas Youth Services Inc. of Magnolia was in charge of managing the center.
Government & Politics / Legal / Nonprofits

Former SAYS Director Jerry Walsh Sentenced For Role in Rusty Cranford Scheme

Jerry Walsh, the former longtime director of the South Arkansas Youth Services Inc. of Magnolia, was sentenced Wednesday to two and a half years in prison for conspiring to misapply more than $380,000 from the now-defunct organization. read more >
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How Quapaw Is Picking Up Preferred Family Healthcare’s PiecesLock Icon

The end of Preferred Family Healthcare’s implosion in Arkansas, which jolted the state’s Medicaid service industry and scarred its political landscape, came not with a bang, but with a text. read more >
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Farther Along (Gwen Moritz Editor’s Note)

Oh, to have the power to subpoena people who could answer my burning questions and then force them to speak under oath! Some of the questions I still want answered date back a decade and more: read more >
The Dermott Juvenile Correctional Facility as it appeared in May 2014 while South Arkansas Youth Services Inc. of Magnolia was in charge of managing the center.
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Former SAYS Director Jerry Walsh Pleads Guilty to Scheme with Rusty Cranford

Federal prosecutors say Jerry Walsh, the former longtime director of the South Arkansas Youth Services Inc. of Magnolia, pleaded guilty to conspiring to misapply more than $380,000 from the now-defunct organization. read more >
South Arkansas Youth Services Inc. filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy last month, after losing a bid in 2016 to continue managing the Dermott Juvenile Treatment Center (above) and four other juvenile centers in Arkansas. Two of its former employees, Jennifer and Aric Knight, have been charged with theft.
Government & Politics / Health Care / Insurance / Legal / Nonprofits

Youth Services Bankruptcy Unveils Theft Case, FBI ProbeLock Icon

The FBI and Arkansas’ attorney general are investigating the defunct South Arkansas Youth Services Inc. of Magnolia, according to the nonprofit’s recent bankruptcy filing. read more >
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It Takes a Village II (Editorial)

This week we praise the joint effort — even if neither coordinated nor fully intentional — of local media outlets to shed light on a puzzling situation involving the award of a $159 million state contract to an Indiana company. read more >