Future Unclear for Penikese Island School
April 24, 2015
The Cape Cod Times reports on the foggy future of Penikese Island in the Elizabeth Islands chain. For 38 years the tiny chunk of land near Cuttyhunk served as home to a school for troubled teenage boys (it closed in 2011), and long before that it was a leper colony. In June 2014, the facilities were turned into the Penikese Treatment Center, which was designed to “help boys with mental health conditions and burgeoning substance abuse problems get focus and clarity in a therapeutic setting.” However, the center soon closed after Becket Family Services, which had provided funding, ended its relationship with the Penikese Island School due to a delay in obtaining a provisional license from the MA Department of Public Health.
Today, officials with the Penikese Island School, a non-profit group, remain hopeful that they will be able to restart a program of some type on the island.
Read more about the uncertain future of the Penikese Island School.