Bradley Hospital threatens to end partnership with East Providence schools

PROVIDENCE, RI – In 2009, Bradley Hospital teamed up with East Providence to provide special education inside local schools. The so called "Partnership" was originally described as both a cost saving measure and a better way to educate children with behavioral and emotional difficulties. But according to a letter obtained by Rhode Island Public Radio, East Providence is falling behind on its bills.

Bradley's President and CEO Daniel Wall writes that school officials will owe more than $4.5 million by the end of September. He says if the debt isn't settled within 30 days, Bradley will start phasing out of the program.

Charles Tsonos, the chairman of the East Providence School Committee, says the partnership with Bradley is unsustainable and he's working with East Providence Lawyers and school officials to resolve the problem.

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