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« Reply #15 on: September 25, 2007, 03:56:49 PM »
http://aboutsls.blogspot.com/2007/09/om ... s-and.html
From a comment to the blogspot:

    I can see the t-shirt now, "I went to SLS and all I got was this lousy PTSD"[/list]

     :rofl:  :rofl:  :rofl:  :rofl:
    Sorry, more gallows humor...
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    « Reply #16 on: September 25, 2007, 08:47:53 PM »
    Hmmm... interesting:  not sure if it means anything, but Joseph Santoro's books are being sold on 4therapy.com, which is owned by CRC Health Group.  They sell a hell of a lot of self-help books in the addiction arena, so this, in and of itself, does not necessarily mean anything.  Food for thought, though...

      Kill the Craving : How to Control the Impulse to Use Drugs and Alcohol
      Joseph, Ph.D. Santoro, Alfred Bergman, Robert Deletis, Joe Santoro
      LINK to relevant page HERE[/list]
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      « Reply #17 on: September 25, 2007, 09:37:12 PM »
      Funny, I just posted in Web Forum Hosting this afternoon re. perhaps combining Benchmark and SLS as subforums within a larger forum, them being both programs that treat that grey adolescent/adult area...

      The following is from HEAL. Links on this page bring you back to fornits for Benchmark, the aforementioned blogspot posted by red lion for SLS; psy's page is also mentioned for additional Benchmark material.

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      HEAL has also received reports regarding Benchmark and SLS Health (SLS Residential).  According to reports:  SLS employees, including but not limited to Sena and Caputo, assaulted patients by grabbing them, shoving them, throwing them to the ground, holding their limbs down while pinning patients to the floor, sitting on them and inhibiting their freedom of movement, While Sena and Caputo and other employees engaged in these assaults, they taunted and lorded their power over the patients, humiliated and insulted the patients' helplessness and ridiculed the patients and their mental illnesses..."All of the foregoing activities were committed . . . with the knowledge, approval, complicity and authorization of [SLS] Santoro, Prichard, Bergman and Deletis."  Click on the SLS Health link above to read more.  For more information on Benchmark, visit: http://homepage.mac.com/psyborgue
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      « Reply #18 on: September 27, 2007, 02:47:52 PM »
      Here is a site run by The Marketing Department of America, which helps companies create good branding and corporate identity for themselves, along with website design, etc. etc.

      SLS Health Group is apparently either a very big or a very favorite customer of theirs, as examples of work done for them appear throughout virtually every category on the MDA site.  SLS Health Group, moreover, is the only success story included on the site, and yet it is not noted in MDA's portfolio.  There is also a target date noted in the below indicating that it is sometime in 2003.  I suspect all of this is primarily due to a failure to keep the website updated.

      Gotta luv that professional caliber methodology suggested by SLS Forensics:  "Personal selling with Event Marketing Efforts that include Golf Outings and Special Dinner parties targeted to court related decision makers."  So, while some SLS personnel are throwing down recalcitrant patients and shooting them up with Thorazine and Prolixin in the ass, the big-wigs are hob-knobbing it with the judges on the golf course, paid for by SLS expense accounts...

      Incidentally, these are the people who created the ERP site for SLSHealth as well.
       
      The site is in Flash Player, so it is not such a simple endeavor to copy and paste.  Here are some selections to mull over.  To access the site yourself, click on the Case Study title below.

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      Case Study:  SLS Health Group
      The SLS Health Group is the parent company of SLS Residential, SDL Case Management, SLS Wellness, SLS Forensics, Sigmund Software, and Catalyst Strategies Group.  Their services include outpatient and inpatient psychological services for young adults with serious behavioral problems, personal and forensic psychological evaluations, software development, executive coaching, human relations/employee counseling, and behavioral healthcare software solutions.

      The Marketing Department of America was asked to create a standards manual so that the SLS Health family of companies could have a consistent corporate identity.  Standard Manual materials include the consistent uses of logos, development of family division logos letterhead, business cards, along with all advertising and collateral materials for all SLS Health Group divisions.

      The results of MDA's efforts are presented for your review.  
      We hope that you enjoy our presentation and look forward to hearing from you.

      SLS Residential
      SERVICE
      SLS Residential provides inpatient residential treatment for young adults who have serious behavioral problems.

      TARGET MARKET
      Parents with young adult children who exhibit schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, and drug and alcohol related problems, are targeted in radio and print advertisements.  In addition to parents, SLS Residential targets health care professionals and managed care organizations that make referrals to SLS Residential for their covered lives.

      MARKET PLAN
      After extensive primary and secondary research, SLS decided on a pull and push strategy for generating admissions to their facility.  Experience our creative materials by clicking on the appropriate creatives that you wish to explore in more depth.

      RESULTS
      SLS Residential has doubled their revenues over five years.

      SLS Wellness
      SERVICE
      SLS Wellness provides outpatient services for those with behavioral healthcare problems, such as ADD, depression, drug/alcohol related problems, and obesity.

      TARGET MARKET
      Parents who have children and young adults with behavioral healthcare problems such as ADD, depression, drug/alcohol related problems, and obesity.

      MARKET PLAN
      After extensive primary and secondary research, SLS decided on a pull and push strategy for generating admissions to their Wellness facility.  Experience our creative materials by clicking on the appropriate creatives that you wish to explore in more depth.

      RESULTS
      SLS Wellness has increased their revenues by 20 per cent.

      SLS Forensics
      SERVICE
      SLS Forensics provides psychological evaluations for those in the legal arena.

      TARGET MARKET
      Lawyers, judges and court administrators who need to have a psychological evaluation for court related individuals.

      MARKET PLAN
      Personal selling with Event Marketing Efforts that include Golf Outings and Special Dinner parties targeted to court related decision makers.  Experience our creative materials by clicking on the appropriate creatives that you wish to explore in more depth.

      RESULTS
      SLS Forensics is meeting their quarterly sales benchmarks.

      Sigmund Software
      SERVICE
      A Case Management software package targeted to healthcare professionals who need a management tool to track expenses and patient progress.

      TARGET MARKET
      Hospital Administrators, Managed Care Organizations Administrators, and Residential Care Administrators.

      MARKET PLAN
      Direct Mail to target market with online demonstration of software package.

      RESULTS
      Marketing materials are presently being developed.  Target roll out date the fourth quarter of 2003.

      Catalyst Strategies Group
      SERVICE
      The financial industry loses billions of dollars each year on poor employee performance.  With its "Forecasting Human Potential" mantra, CSG promises the financial industry solutions for maximizing employee productivity.

      TARGET MARKET
      Brokerage Houses, Law Firms, Banks, Mining Companies, Financial Institutions, Human Resources Executives, Employee Assistance Programs, Law Enforcement and Security, Healthcare Organizations.

      MARKET PLAN
      Personal Selling and Direct Mail campaign targeted to executives within the Financial Services Industry.
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      excellent job ursus!
      « Reply #19 on: September 28, 2007, 08:05:02 AM »
      & thank you for all the info - very interesting indeed - again in perfect Orwellian SLS-speak their

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      "pull and push strategy for generating admissions"


      really means "dragging in people kicking and screaming".

      Because once you are there - you realize what a world of hurt is in store for you.
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      Class Action Lawsuit
      « Reply #20 on: September 28, 2007, 11:13:21 AM »
      Here is an article from the Journal News covering the lawsuit.  I know red_lion posted a link to it but thought I would provide a copy in the thread:

      Former patients sue Putnam mental facility
      By TERENCE CORCORAN
      THE JOURNAL NEWS

      (Original publication: June 9, 2007)

      SOUTHEAST - Two former residents of a private mental-health facility, which was fined by the state last year for breaking the law, have filed a class-action lawsuit against companies that run the facility, alleging they were abused physically and emotionally.

      The suit, filed in federal court in White Plains, names as defendants companies affiliated with two residential treatment facilities in Southeast as well as the principals of those companies and several employees. The defendants include SLS Residential Inc., SLS Health, SLS Wellness, Supervised Lifestyles Inc., Chairmen Alfred Bergman and Joseph Santoro, a psychologist and several others employed by SLS.

      The lawsuit, filed by former patients Nicholas J. Romano and Deborah A. Morgan of New Jersey on behalf of themselves and many unnamed patients, seeks $75 million in compensatory damages, $150 million in punitive damages and an injunction that would bar SLS from further violating patients' rights.

      The plaintiffs, who are in their early 20s, also claim that SLS violated the rights of its patients under the Americans With Disabilities Act.

      SLS runs residential treatment facilities for adolescents and young adults at two distinctive houses, one on North Brewster Road and the other off Putnam Avenue and Route 6 opposite Drewville Road.

      The state Office of Mental Health last year fined SLS Residential $80,000 for violations of the state Mental Hygiene Law and ordered that it stop admitting patients - and stop violating the rights of the patients it was treating.

      The OMH said SLS Residential routinely restrained clients and kept them from making phone calls. It also found that staff would search patients, their rooms and packages sent to them.

      Spokeswoman Jill Daniels said the OMH has since allowed SLS to admit new patients.

      She said the company has requested a hearing, scheduled for next month, to respond to the claims of violations. SLS has not paid the $80,000 fine and won't be required to until after the hearing, Daniels said.

      The lawsuit says money was one reason that SLS staff prohibited patients from making and receiving phone calls, because if patients complained to their families and were removed, SLS would lose money.

      "SLS advertises and holds itself out to the general public as a treatment facility that provides compassionate and effective treatment for individuals suffering from severe mental illness," says the suit filed by attorney Michael H. Sussman of Goshen. "... The corporate and individual defendants have made these false representations to induce individuals suffering from mental illness to enter SLS, for which their insurance companies pay daily rates as high as $900."

      The families of Romano and Morgan paid in excess of $200,000 to SLS for "treatment that was harmful and exploitative," the suit says.

      The abuses that Romano and Morgan allege to have suffered while at SLS are similar to the claims of violations for which the state fined the company last year. The pair allege that they and many other patients were subjected to those abuses and were assaulted by SLS employees.

      Romano was a patient in 2004 and 2005, and Morgan was there in 2005 and 2006. Morgan was placed in an isolation room that SLS called the Intensive Treatment Room, but instead of treating her, staff members would taunt, ridicule and humiliate her, the suit says.

      Romano said he was forced to participate in a group situation in which he and other patients were degraded and punished.

      Sussman said the OMH findings prove that the patients who claim they were mistreated were telling the truth. The fact that SLS employs people who abuse patients shows that the company can't be trusted, which is why the suit seeks the injunction, he said.

      "What's gone on appears to have been very exploitative to the very vulnerable," Sussman said.

      Reached Thursday, Santoro said he would have an attorney call for comment, although none did. Previously, a spokesman for SLS noted that the state's findings last year were unlike any report SLS had received in its 20-year history and said an overwhelming majority of patients were satisfied with their treatment.

      SLS made news last year when it took a Pleasantville lawyer to court to keep him from protesting outside SLS facilities.

      Attorney Glen Feinberg, whose son was a patient at SLS in 2001 and 2002, felt that his son was traumatized from the treatment and wanted to picket SLS facilities to warn others. Feinberg, who was supported by the New York Civil Liberties Union, eventually won the right to picket.

      Reach Terence Corcoran at tcorcora@lohud.com or 845-228-2275.
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      « Reply #21 on: September 28, 2007, 11:20:30 AM »
      What's the story behind the plaintiffs?  How did this all come out?  I'm asking because I am doing research on Class actions against abusive programs and understand that it is very hard to sue these kinds of businesses.  The lawsuit regarding Hidden Lake Academy sounds somewhat similar to this case.  

      All I can say is that I hope both suits are successfully won.  I also hope we start to see more former patients of abusive programs start coming forward and try to gain justice.  By doing things like filing lawsuits against programs, we all have the ability to make an impact on the industry as a WHOLE and hopefully deter others from abusing it's clients.
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      « Reply #22 on: October 01, 2007, 04:08:53 AM »
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      SLS made news last year when it took a Pleasantville lawyer to court to keep him from protesting outside SLS facilities.

      Attorney Glen Feinberg, whose son was a patient at SLS in 2001 and 2002, felt that his son was traumatized from the treatment and wanted to picket SLS facilities to warn others. Feinberg, who was supported by the New York Civil Liberties Union, eventually won the right to picket.


      Where is Glen Feinberg these days?  He might be an important resource.  Kudos to him for having the balls to picket the place.
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      « Reply #23 on: October 01, 2007, 09:14:14 AM »
      Glen Feinberg is alive and well, working hard to help all those shafted by SLS. Unforunately, he is also being harrassed - so, he doesn't hang out the laundry out on public forums.

      You know, Dr. Magoo, right? Just wondering, what kind of research are you doing? & why?

      Funny thing to do research on, unless you had a particular "interest"?

      I ama little wary of giving out info to strangers. Usually it's program officials trying to get info to use against those fighting for justice. If I'm wrong, magoo my apologies. I've been screwed too often to think otherwise.
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      « Reply #24 on: October 01, 2007, 11:43:47 AM »
      Quote from: ""red lion""
      I ama little wary of giving out info to strangers. Usually it's program officials trying to get info to use against those fighting for justice.


      A point definitely worth making.  Nevertheless, it is also worth keeping in mind what exactly the worst case scenario might be.  Sometimes, it is more bearable than one might think.  Much of the damage these shitpits are able to effect is fear of more abuse, even after one has long left.
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      « Reply #25 on: October 01, 2007, 12:34:04 PM »
      It is sad that some people take the truth and twit it as they see fit w/ no regard for the people they hurt. It is obviouse that all of you who speak against treatment facilities were probably in one for good reason. You cant stand to face facts and own your problems w/o blaming others. You all have the right to free speach just try not to lie anymore.
      I do see how this would be hard for a little lawyer with short scrawney man complex...
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      « Reply #26 on: October 01, 2007, 12:39:29 PM »
      Quote from: ""red lion""

      You know, Dr. Magoo, right? Just wondering, what kind of research are you doing? & why?

      Funny thing to do research on, unless you had a particular "interest"?


      Red_Lion, I am a friend of the cause and heavily involved with HEAL.  I have taken an interest to this specific case as well as the Hidden lake Academy class action lawsuit.  

      I assure you that I am not working for anyone but myself and my personal interest comes from being a victim of an abusive program.
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      « Reply #27 on: October 01, 2007, 12:41:42 PM »
      haha,

      the higher-ups at SLS should learn how to spell. LOL.

      snagglepuss+poor spelling= cowardly internet troll.

      Enjoy the unemployment benefits while they last.
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      « Reply #28 on: October 01, 2007, 12:43:13 PM »
      Thanks for the clarification magoo. I appreciate that.
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      « Reply #29 on: October 01, 2007, 12:43:28 PM »
      Quote from: ""snagglepuss""
      It is sad that some people take the truth and twit it as they see fit w/ no regard for the people they hurt. It is obviouse that all of you who speak against treatment facilities were probably in one for good reason. You cant stand to face facts and own your problems w/o blaming others. You all have the right to free speach just try not to lie anymore.
      I do see how this would be hard for a little lawyer with short scrawney man complex...


      Snagglepuss, your clearly working with SLS.  Go push your fraud on someone else.  Yes, i have read your posts on loHud.  Your not welcome in this forum.
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