179 to lose jobs at Beech Brook

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PEPPER PIKE, Ohio-- Beech Brook in Pepper Pike announced restructuring and staff cuts on Tuesday.

In a news release, the agency said it is expanding its focus on community-based prevention and early-intervention programs.

Beech Brook said it will phase out its on-campus day and residential programs for children. It will also close its offices on Buckeye Road, and in Lorain and Summit counties.

“If we continued under our current model, we would face unsustainable deficits,” said Board Chair Philip Dawson in a news release on Tuesday. “We are making these changes now because we want to make sure we preserve our mission for the long term. This is a financial decision but also an acknowledgement of what Beech Brook does best and how we can offer hope and healing to more children.”

The changes also mean 179 employees will lose their jobs between now and June 30.

“We are moving toward a future that looks very different,” CEO Debra Rex said. “It was a very difficult decision for all of us and we know it will be very difficult for our employees. But we believe the change is needed to preserve our mission – so that, as long as there are children and families in need of hope and healing, Beech Brook will be here.”

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