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

Health and Human Services (HHS) Director Robin Elsner told the HHS Board on Wednesday that when the eight-bed facility on Schacht Road reopens continues to be in the “state’s hands.”

“I’ve made contact with the state people this last week and all they told me is that it is in the person’s hands that’s reviewing all the documents from Advocates and that correspondence is happening on a weekly basis,” Elsner said. 

He told the board at its January meeting that the state had all the required documents and data it needed. Late last year he said he hoped to have the facility reopened by the beginning of 2019. Elsner said last month that the state licensing process will include a site review which will include examination of policies and procedures and “and what the home looks like and is the staff ready to residents.”

“It’s been very frustrating,” Elsner said. “The delay has gone on for two months. It’s in the state’s hands at the present time.”

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.

“Any idea when there might be approval?” asked board member and County Supervisor Gail Wanek.

“No idea,” Elsner said.

Elsner has said previously that he’s confident the facility could be filled up quickly and save the county from high-cost placements of juveniles. He said Wednesday that one of the two county juveniles currently in Lincoln Hills “is identified for Share Academy right now.”