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Virgin Islands Behavioral Services (VIBS) Serving At-Risk Youth To Shut Its Doors This Summer

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CHRISTIANSTED — Virgin Islands Behavioral Services (VIBS) – a behavioral health facility in Anna’s Hope serving the Virgin Islands since 1995 – will close its doors this summer, the V.I. Free Press has learned.

VIBS is a short term residential evaluation unit with 30 beds on St. Croix designed to respond to youths between the ages of five and 17 years who are experiencing “emotional and/or behavioral difficulties.”

“Currently running several programs that provide respite care for children in foster care who are in crisis,” it says about itself. “VIBS is designed to provide professional residential treatment and counseling services in a family atmosphere. The therapeutic environment fosters positive self-esteem, respect for others and acceptance of responsibility for one’s behavior.”

The at-risk youth programs were located on St. Croix, along with an out-patient program on St. Thomas.

“VIBS also provides a secure treatment environment for severely traumatized and extremely impulsive adolescent females,” the service said.

It said that it served a “diverse resident population” at its offices on St. Croix but must regrettably close its doors soon.

“VIBS provides a healing environment that can foster recovery from trauma and develop new behavioral, emotional and life skill strategies to alter their dysfunctional lifestyles.” it said.


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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.


  1. Sasha
    May 5, 2018 at 5:51 AM — Reply

    The doors will be closed for what now? That was a long speech of positivity and progressiveness only to say “welp! Bye!” We gotta do better. Come correct with these issues.

  2. Josh
    May 6, 2018 at 12:31 AM — Reply

    Why? Don’t close we have children facing difficulties.

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