Two men representing an organization called Country Place want to run a group home for six young men in Juab County at the old Jensen property located north of Mona.
The remote country atmosphere appeals to officials of the organization, which is designed for the emotionally troubled. There are already three young people living at the home in a foster-type situation said David Coronado, who is coordinator for the Country Place program."Ours is a small organization," said Coronado. The organization has two homes in Spanish Fork, and one each in Kanab and Cedar City.
The organization works closely with LDS Social Services, but is a for-profit organization that caters to young people ages 12 to 18, some of whom have been abused.
Young people with violent histories or mental handicaps are not part of the program. Junior Baker, attorney for the organization, said clients suffer from problems such as depression and anorexia. "We are licensed by the department of social services," said Baker.
The group does work with the Nebo School District and provides school on the premises for the young people who live there. "We run our curriculum through the alternative school," said Coronado.
Commissioner Richard Brough expressed concern about the news that some for-profit organizations - generally desert-based wilderness therapy programs - have generated. "I'd hate to endorse this and have something (bad) happen," he said.
"We have a good reputation. I don't think you'll hear any horror stories about Country Time," said Coronado.
Commissioners asked officials to supply them with letters of reference and said they would examine the program further before approving of it.