Juvenile detention facilities face new licensing

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's social services department says all juvenile detention facilities in the state are now licensed and inspected by its agency.

The 15 facilities previously had been required to meet fire marshal and health department regulations. But as of Monday, they also are licensed by the Department of Children and Family Services, adding a new level of safety review.

The licensing requirement was added under a 2010 state law. Officials say it took more than two years to devise the standards, followed by training for the facilities.

DCFS licensing standards detail requirements for staff training, child-to-staff ratios, health services, educational programs and visitation policies. The department says each facility will be inspected at least once annually to maintain its license.

Licensing fees range from $400 to $600, depending on occupant numbers.

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