Abuse of Youth in Residential Placements: A Call to Action
The growth of the troubled teen industry, including wilderness camps, therapeutic boarding schools, and boot camps, has given rise to allegations of inhumane treatment of youth, and exploitation of families who are desperately seeking help for their teenagers. This topic, previously the subject of two hearings in Congress and two special reports by the GAO, was examined further on Feb. 19th 2009, at a meeting sponsored by the Alliance for the Safe, Therapeutic, and Appropriate Use of Residential Treatment (ASTART) and CAFETY on Capitol Hill. This timely meeting was held several months prior to yet another death arising out of negligence (Sagewalk Wilderness Camp) and the closure of Mount Bachelor Academy as a result of substantiated abuse allegations considered part of their therapeutic milieu. (Both programs are owned/operated by Aspen Education Group, subsidiary of CRC Health).
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