Judge Donald Cureton works in Mecklenburg County’s youth recovery court and said kids in his court often have mental health needs that the parents can’t manage without the help of state intervention.
“In all of these, we see kids that need immediate intervention to stabilize them,” Cureton said.
The cases he sees are often complicated by factors such as poverty, parental unemployment and substance abuse. He agreed that the ED waiting room is not the place for those kids.
“Any time there is something new that is developed, we are always trying to figure out if it’s going to be beneficial. Until we see it in practice, our position on whether this kind of structure will help remains to be seen,” he said referring to Monarch’s crisis center.