MARINETTE — The reopening of the former Crossroads Group Home for juveniles in the Town of Peshtigo with the name Share Academy continues to be delayed by the wait for the state to license Advocates for Healthy Transitional Living to manage the facility.

Health and Human Services (HHS) Director Robin Elsner told the HHS Board on Wednesday that hopefully the licensing process will be completed soon for Advocates for Healthy Transitional Living to operate the former eight-bed facility.

“I did reach out to Ron Hermes, the director of the Department of Childrens and Family Services, related to where the licensing is coming with Share Academy,” he said. “They have everything in.

“He said the application is in que, which means they have all the required documents and data. That’s where it’s at at the present time. It’s in Madison waiting for them to review the full application.”

Elsner, who said last month he was hopeful the licensing process would be completed by the end of 2018, said “I believe everything  (for the licensing) is there.”

“It (the application) goes to the licensing person who comes to the site and gets it licensed,” he explained. “Hopefully this process will occur soon. That’s the best I can tell you right now.”

Elsner said the site review will examine policies and procedures and what “the home looks like and is the staff ready to accept residents. There will be no clients at the home until they receive the license.”

“I think we will fill it pretty quickly,” he said. “I can tell you we have kids at residential placements and Lincoln Hills that are ready to be placed in a place like Share Academy.”

The county purchased the facility last June for $220,000 from the Group Home Association, which notified it earlier that it no longer wanted to operate the facility under a contract with the county because of liability concerns and difficulty staffing it. While the  county has been waiting for Advocates of Healthy Transitional Living to obtain a group home license from the state, the Marinette County maintenance department was busy refurbishing facility.