Homes for troubled kids could see cutbacks – Raleigh News & Observer

RALEIGH — A year ago, Deon Figueroa was a fighting, back-talking, hard-case teenager with a habit of running away. Now he cooks his own meals, washes his own clothes, speaks respectfully and keeps a portrait of his mom tacked on the wall of his tidy room, a turnaround he credits to 19 months at a North Raleigh group home.
This haven could vanish for hundreds of teens with severe mental health needs, those with bipolar disorder or a history of reckless behavior that makes living with parents impossible.