Baldwin County wilderness program for wayward girls turning a profit

During its first couple of years, it appeared that the Baldwin County-run Girls Wilderness Program might not make it out of the woods financially. But now, the alternative sentencing program seems to be gaining solid footing, according to officials

The program aimed at helping teenage girls who end up before a judge for uncontrollable or illegal behavior began in March 2007. But by the end of its first year, the program was more than $800,000 in debt and saw a loss of $1.7 million the following year

Management changes and a system of Medicaid billing for the rehabilitation services provided helped the program turn a profit, making nearly $100,000 last year

Baldwin County wilderness program for wayward girls turning a profit