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The Troubled Teen Industry / THIS is why SUE wins all those cases!!
« on: August 16, 2007, 12:07:51 PM »
This man is Sue Scheff's Lawyer.

Need I say more? OF course I must!
Is someone sticking something sharp up his ass?
Did he sit on tack? What? Anyone?
Shall we play the caption game? LOL

Woah de ja vous.

The Troubled Teen Industry / Romney and Torture
« on: August 13, 2007, 07:18:09 AM »
Old news New article....

Romney gets off torturing teens
By Bill O'Turdly
Romney's national finance co-chair is a man named Mel Sembler. A long time friend of the Bushes, Sembler was campaign finance chair for the Republican party during the first election of George W. Bush, and a major fundraiser for his ...

« on: August 13, 2007, 06:27:36 AM »
no more spam... no more canada netfirm bull shit. etc etc etc
much faster server, much nicer sysops and well i'd like to see the bitch TRY.
K maybe i should finally get some sleep. Surprised I can type.

The Troubled Teen Industry / Sue declares war on fornits explained!!
« on: August 05, 2007, 03:17:30 PM »

which came with several attachments

Interestingly enough.  After contacting the Browning County sherrifs dept, it was discovered she never filed anything.  The case number didn't even fit the format they use.

When 20/20 was contacted, they didn't seem to know anything about Sue Sheff either.

Also.  Her name, which she claims to be trademarked... Isn't.  She lied about that too:

see for yourself:

The Troubled Teen Industry / Maia's Over the GW Review
« on: June 29, 2007, 12:07:48 PM » ... 54248.html

Must-See Indy Film Exposes Tough Love, First Hand
Posted June 28, 2007 | 05:35 PM (EST)
Until now, there has never been a feature film that takes us inside "tough love" teen programs like those headed by Romney financiers Mel Sembler and Robert Lichfield. The New York Times calls Nick Gaglia's indy production, Over the GW a "lean yet harrowing... look at reprogramming that masquerades as rehabilitation." It is playing for just a short time here in New York City (details)-- and I urge everyone to see it, especially those whose lives have been touched by these monstrous "therapies."
The movie was based on Gaglia's own story. From 1997-1999, he attended the KIDS program in New Jersey, which was run by Miller Newton. Those who follow these issues will probably recall that Newton previously served as national clinical director for Sembler's Straight Inc. Despite having had to pay out over $10 million in settlements related to abuse he participated in and directed and admitting abusive practices to regulators, Newton still sits on an advisory board for Sembler's Drug Free America Foundation.

Gaglia discussed his experience with me recently. Just 25, the writer/director is beginning to hear from Hollywood -- the NY Post, NY Sun and Variety also took note of his debut film. Before being sent to KIDS, Gaglia had auditioned for and was accepted to New York's prestigious Professional Performing Arts School, whose notable alumnae include Clare Danes, Alicia Keys and Britney Spears.

But Gaglia had problems at home. Although he's still not quite sure why, he didn't want to go to school and simply couldn't communicate with his parents, who had divorced when he was nine. "I wanted to do what I wanted to do," he says. "I wanted my independence and they were getting in my way." Soon he was drinking and smoking pot daily-- and coming home late, smashing furniture and punching doors. Until after KIDS, he'd never even tried any other drugs.

When taken to the program, located near a major shopping mall just over the George Washington Bridge from his home, he was told by his parents that he'd be going shopping. "I tried to run away, but a group of five people grabbed me. I was a really skinny kid and I wasn't going to fight, I wasn't violent."

He was strip-searched by teenagers who were already inmates-- made to "chicken squat" naked in front of them. In the film, the violence and potential for abuse in having unsupervised adolescents do such searches is represented with the terrifying snap of a rubber glove and images of a naked boy, surrounded by bigger, tougher kids who are clothed.

What he doesn't show is the urine stains visible on the "clean" underwear he was given to replace the "druggy" clothes he was made to leave behind when admitted. When restrained on the floor, teens were not given access to the bathroom. "At my first group, there was a kid being restrained on the floor and his hands were soiled," he says.

"I was restrained over 100 times," he continues, detailing how fellow participants would throw him to the floor for "offenses" such as responding to being poked because he wasn't paying attention by trying to fend off the attack. These restraints could last hours-- with one person sitting atop the victim while others held down each limb. The most frightening part was fear of suffocation: sometimes the victim's mouth would be covered and his nose pinched close.

Writhing was interpreted as defiance. "One time I felt like I was five seconds away from dying," he says, "I have scars in my mouth which was bleeding. I was panicked and trying to communicate but they think you are resisting. What are you supposed to do?"

Grim as this material is, Gaglia represents only the barest outlines of it in the film: limited both by budget and by recognizing that if he did show the whole truth, he might make a movie that was unbearable to watch. He also avoided the trap of didacticism, which often mars attempts to tell these stories.

"I wanted the viewer to feel like he was sitting in that room," he says. "You don't know why your sister was there, you don't know what day it is, you don't know why they were doing certain things. And that's the way I directed the actors."

In fact, the actor who played the character based on Newton didn't even know that there was a real-life model for the story until later. "I told him to act as though he believed he was doing everything 'to help these kids,'" says Gaglia. The self-righteous rage and "ends justify the means" thinking that characterize the operators of tough-love programs comes through vividly.

Gaglia eventually managed to escape from KIDS by jumping out of a car stuck in traffic at the toll plaza of the GW Bridge. The program parents who were driving the car had childproof locks to prevent escape via the back doors-- but the front seat was empty, and Gaglia went for it. Fortunately, after getting the attention of the police, he was able to convince his own parents not to return him.

But, like many who left, he was at first terrified that the program's predictions of a future of "jails, institution or death" would come true rapidly because he'd left without completing it. And, again like many others, when that wore off, he began drinking more heavily and using harder drugs. "When the drunkest guys you know are saying 'Hey dude, you're drinking too much,' you start to think it's a problem," he says. Ultimately, he studied film at Hunter College and got back on course.

"I don't see how anyone who was in that kind of a situation for as long as I was could come out without post-traumatic stress disorder," he says. "I had nightmares all the time that I was back in."

I attended a screening recently for those who had been through KIDS and similar programs. I was struck by the age range: there were people from their mid-20's to their 40's who had suffered through years at KIDS. Though many were nervous that the film would trigger distressing memories, those I spoke with found that the film validated their experience. "More than anything, I made the movie as an homage to these people," says Gaglia, "We're all speaking with this film."

Let's hope that people who can prevent the abuse from continuing are finally listening.

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George Romney's presidential ambitions were scuttled by his infamous remark that he had been "brainwashed" about Vietnam. It is to be hoped that Mitt Romney's statement that he wants to "double Guantanamo" will prove similarly fatal to his presidential bid:
As I've pointed out before, Romney's credentials as a social and fiscal conservative are as counterfeit as Pamela Anderson's mammalian anatomy (and just as beguiling to the weak-minded).
His only selling point to the Evangelical Nationalist voting bloc -- apart from his forgettably photogenic looks -- is his commitment to the doctrine of presidential omnipotence, particularly with respect to the detention and torture of suspected terrorists and "enemy combatants."
The applause that rewarded Romney's endorsement of Gitmo-plus indicates that for the central core of True Believers within the GOP, nothing is more important than preserving the president's power to detain and torture people at whim.
For several months I have been warning that behind Romney's public image -- he looks and acts like preternaturally well-preserved Osmond Brother -- we can find something very close to absolute evil: A variety of authoritarian "conservatism" that endorses the torture and sexual mistreatment of children. Those warnings have been vindicated by a lawsuit filed against Robert Lichfield, co-chairman of Romney's Utah Finance Committee.

We know what's behind the smiles: Mitt Romney and Pat Robertson strike a pose during Regent University's 2007 Commencement Ceremony.
Lichfield has helped raise $2.7 million for Romney in Utah, including $300,000 at a February event in St. George. Over the past decade, Lichfield has been co-chairman of the Utah-based World-Wide Association of Specialty Programs and Schools (WWASPS), a corporation that makes $70 million per year running an archipelago of torture camps – many of them located off-shore – in which troubled American youngsters have been subjected to torture as a means of behavior modification (BM).
WWASPS is a major player in the "tough love" industry, which runs camps, retreats, and other private reform institutions for teenagers deemed to be incorrigible. The WWASPS approach is an outgrowth of methods pioneered by Straight, Inc., which operated a similar chain of BM facilities until being overwhelmed by lawsuits. Mel Sembler, the Flordia-based shopping mall magnate who operated Straight, Inc. with his wife Betty, is another key fundraiser for the Romney campaign.
The polluted fountainhead of these programs was a federally funded program called The Seed, which was exposed by a 1974 Senate Judiciary Committee investigation as employing the same “highly refined `brainwashing' techniques employed by the North Koreans” against American POWs. And all of this was an outgrowth of the cynical, murderous fraud called the War on Drugs.
In her indispensable book Help at Any Cost, Maia Szalavitz documented how WWASPS and kindred programs “utilize punishments banned for use on criminals and by the Geneva Convention. Beatings, extended isolation and restraint, public humiliation, food deprivation, sleep deprivation, forced exercise to the point of exhaustion, sensory deprivation, and lengthy maintenance of stress positions are common.”
Some teenagers selected for forced enrollment in BM programs have been treated exactly like terrorist suspects, suffered “extraordinary rendition” at the hands of rented thugs. Many have been kidnapped from their beds (with the consent of parents who had succumbed to a “hard sell” by a BM program pitchman) and taken to an offshore detention facility in the Cayman Islands, Mexico, Costa Rica, Jamaica, American Samoa, Australia, France, or even the Czech Republic; yes, the BM industry, like the CIA's torture gulag, made use of assets in a former Iron Curtain nation.  

The methods used by WWASPS personnel are likewise uncannily like the "enhanced interrogation techniques" referred to by Romney. (That phrase, as used by Bush and his minions, is a direct translation of the German expression used by the Nazi Gestapo to describe exactly the same methods.)

At one BM facility in Puerto Rico, “teens were found bound and gagged with nooses around their necks,” observes Szalavitz. At "High Impact," a WWASPS detention center in Mexico, teenage victims were locked in dog cages. (See the photo at left.) One survivor of that facility described how he was nearly drowned to death by a group of older kids who -- made feral through prolonged mistreatment -- hoped that the murder would shut the program down. Amberly Knight, former director of the WWASPS-affiliated Dundee Ranch in Costa Rica, testifies that food deprivation was commonly used to punish inmates, and particularly rebellious kids were taken to a tiny isolation room and forced to kneel on concrete for up to 14 hours a day.
We don't need no stinkin'... well, you get the point: A bathroom facility at the WWASPS "High Impact" gulag in Mexico.
Inmates at a WWASPS program in Samoa were sometimes confined for long periods in an "ISO Box," a three-foot by three-foot box akin to a North Vietnamese “tiger cage.” Others were hog-tied with duct tape or beaten by staffers. When the Samoan government began a child abuse inquiry, WWASPS hastily shut down the facility.

More like something from Gollum's diseased mind: This tiny torture cubicle at Spring Creek Lodge, a WWASPS camp in Montana, was called "The Hobbit."
WWASPS's Spring Creek Lodge in Montana featured a tiny disciplinary cubicle called "The Hobbit" in which some inmates were confined for weeks or months at a time and fed nothing but beans and bananas. One counselor at Spring Creek was charged with sexually molesting two boys who had been imprisoned in The Hobbit.

Mark Runkle, who spent two and a half years on the staff at the Spring Creek facility, has described how detainees would be rousted in the middle of the night and taken into the nearby woods for "tests of will."

"They take kids down to the Vermilion Bridge at night, blindfold them, and push them off into the river," Runkle recalled. "They take them off into the woods, and they come back hurt. They claim it's a mind-increaser. I think it breaks the kids down -- breaks their will down. Mentally, they do damage. Emotionally, too."

Last December, 133 plaintiffs – survivors of WWASP facilities, along with parents and other loved ones – filed a lawsuit (.pdf) against Richfield in the US District Court for Utah, claiming that inmates of the residential programs were “subjected to physical abuse, emotional abuse and sexual abuse.”
The parents suing Lichfield, notes The Hill, “sent their kids to WWASPS-affiliated schools such as Cross Creek Center for Boys in LaVerkin, Utah; Majestic Ranch Academy in Randolph, Utah; and The Academy at Ivy Ridge in Ogdensburg after they got in trouble for insubordination, drug use or petty theft. The parents learned of the boarding schools through Teen Help, a business owned by Lichfield that matched parents and their children with boarding schools around the country and [abroad] ... Plaintiffs have alleged that Lichfield made millions from the schools.”
Among the allegations of abuse outlined in the lawsuit are the following:
*Placement in isolation for long periods of time, and at times, including being locked in small boxes and cages, and locked up in basements, and forced to assume distorted and painful physical positions for long periods of time;

*Exposure to extreme (hot and cold) temperatures for long periods of time;
*[Being] kicked, beaten, thrown and slammed to the ground;

*[Being] bound and tied by hands and/or feet;

*[Being] chained and locked in dog cages;

*[Being] forced to lie in, or wear, urine and feces as one method of punishment;

*[Being] forced to clean and scrub toilets and floors with their toothbrush and then use the toothbrush afterwards; [...]

*Sexual abuse, which included forced sexual relations and acts of fondling and masturbation performed on them; [...]

*[Being] Threatened with severe punishment, including death, if they told anyone of their abuses and poor living conditions; [...]

*[Being] subjected to [a] buddy system where older students were allowed to physically, mentally, and sexually abuse younger students and manage them as part of a `cleansing' process....
This institutionalized perversion thrived in a program that Lichfield said was intended to combat the "breakdown of the family."

"When the family is not functioning, society suffers," he explained in a 1993 telephone interview. It's not obvious to rational people how officially sanctioned sadism can help fix what's been broken by the family's decline, but Lichfield has found sadism and sanctimony to be a profitable combination.

And there is something utterly horrifying about the fact that Romney tapped not one, but two key people in the Teen Torture Industry to raise money for his presidential campaign. This obviously raises questions about where and how those funds have been raised. But the more serious issue is this: Romney himself has embraced the use of torture, however euphemistically described, as a central function of the presidency.

Why should we doubt the seriousness of Romney's desire to "double Guantanamo," when some of his closest allies have been running a global detention and torture network for troubled American teenagers?
Point of personal privilege....

I first wrote about this subject for The New American magazine in March of last year. Last September, shortly before I was fired by the, ahem, heroes running that magazine's sponsoring organization, I touched upon the subject again in a piece about Mel Sembler published in the JBS News Feed.

Just before I was fired, I published a three-part series describing how the GOP's leadership and much of its rank and file -- the self-anointed Champions Of All That Is Decent -- had embraced torture, both at home (via Sembler's Behavior Modification programs and related efforts) and abroad (at Abu Ghraib, Gitmo, and elsewhere). See here, here, and here for that three-part series, as well as here for an essay -- clearly identifiable as a satire, albeit one inspired by a sense of mortal disgust over the repellent spectacle of bullying arrogance the GOP had become -- that serves as a sort of postscript.

Those essays, published on my own time and in a blog for which I alone was liable, figure prominently in the rationalizations used to justify my firing in letters to TNA subscribers. I say "rationalizations" -- plural -- because the people responsible for that decision have never settled on one clear reason for firing me.

The individual who took the initiative in having me fired has said on more than one occasion that the essays referred to above were hampering the organization's fund-raising and recruiting efforts, which prompts me to wonder why he was trawling for money and volunteers in that badly polluted authoritarian pond, rather than doing what Ron Paul has done: Offering an appeal to freedom-focused people irrespective of party label.

Surely, an organization devoted to "Less Government, More Responsibility, and - with God's Help - a Better World" shouldn't be inordinately concerned about offending the kind of people who can countenance child torture. You might want to ask that fellow about this, but only if you're not particular about being told the truth.

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« on: June 05, 2007, 11:10:17 AM »

Open Free for All / Happy Memorial Day!
« on: May 28, 2007, 01:13:05 AM »
A special Happy Memorial day to all the Straight Vets (and all vets of child abuse).  
And a special shout out to my brother and all those who lost their lives in this sick and twisted battle!  
May you all rest in peace, you will not be forgotten!  

 :smokin: ::cheers::  ::cheers::  ::cheers::  :smokin:

Straight, Inc. and Derivatives / Happy Memorial Day
« on: May 28, 2007, 01:11:57 AM »
A special Happy Memorial day to all the Straight Vets (and all vets of child abuse).  
And a special shout out to my brother and all those who lost their lives in this sick and twisted battle!  
May you all rest in peace, you will not be forgotten!  

 :smokin: ::cheers::  ::cheers::  ::cheers::  :smokin:

Straight, Inc. and Derivatives / Straight Radio Show??
« on: April 22, 2007, 12:28:46 AM »
Ok if anyone remembers anything about this let me know because just recalled some of this tonight and would be interested in knowing the story behind it.

When we were in straight they had a radio show where they ended up doing a "series", I believe. On Straight Inc. I know for a fact one week (an hour long talk show) they had phasers, one week they had siblings, and I believe one week they even had parents. If memory serves correct they had the whole family on just on different "episodes". My mom had tapes of this and she may still have copies I'm going to ask the next time we talk. But we were one of the families on the show. The week I was on I "believe" it was myself (pretty sure I was there), John Grimes (Kevin's brother) and maybe even one of the Kerrigans? And then the week my brother was on it was him and some phasers.

All I remember is being asked questions about straight, and about my family and the situation. At that point and time my brother was on a higher phase or he wouldn't have been able to do the show. Can you only imagine a 1st phaser having access to a live local broadcast. Hell i'm surprised they had any phasers to be honest or that one didn't stand up and scream RESIST or some shit. lol It's somewhat of a haze but i do remember sitting around the table, we each had a mic in our face and we talked for close to an hour. I remember listening to my tape and to my brother's. I just can't remember a thing we said. Imagine that. I just wanted to know if this rang a bell for anyone. I would love to get copies of these tapes and if I do obviously i can make copies I think it might be a bit trippy to hear but i'm definitely interested in listening if I can get them. If not there still might be copies available somewhere as it was on the air. I believe it was an AM station, but don't recall which or what show.

Ultimately I'm sure it was to promote straight, etc. Ring a bell anyone? This would have been around 1984ish in Virginia.

Let It Bleed / RIP Kurt Vonnegut
« on: April 12, 2007, 01:16:31 AM »
RIP Man!

Let It Bleed / Aversion Therapy
« on: April 11, 2007, 06:58:27 AM »
Holy shit.  I just got off a 3 hour phone call with my friend who I thought was dead and recently recovered from meth.  I posted about it before.  Well his family chose Aversion Therapy. This guy is 33 and they chose to start harassing him, trying to make him have a bad enough drug experience that he'd quit. Oh my god what they did to him was unforgivable.  They harassed him for 4 months literally causing him to have a psychotic episode and almost killing some who were involved as well as himself. Basically tortured his ass for 4 months, and why? Cuz they chose to think they had some form of ownership over his life or they didn't want to look bad by having a relative who was a meth junkie, or they missed him. All reasons total bull shit and extremely selfish. I would let a friend die before i put someone through shit like that.  Not to mention its the first and ONLY thing they tried. To this day while they have only hinted they did this and wont completely admit who took part etc. He doesn't need them to, he has proof but they are fucking cowards. It was a huge operation and it cost some money. Come on,  someone out there has to be able to talk families into this (no excuse) and make a huge profit. Not only that but the fact that they wont tell him who was involved leaves him with the feeling that most of his friends and family were and he wants nothing to do with anyone who was. So they've  taken away his life by choosing NOT to have the balls to admit this. Although for now that may not be a bad thing. He understandably wants to put all of them through they shit they put him through over those months.  As would I.

When we talked a couple weeks ago he mentioned his recovery and how he was extremely paranoid for 10 months, heard people in the attic, thought people were following him (while recovering at this dads house) etc. I assumed it was the drugs that caused this paranoia. Fuck no they caused him to have a psychotic episode, he had a gun in his mouth ready to pull the trigger until he realized he was one of those people that just didnt have the balls (thankfully in this incident) to harm themselves that way. So he's pretty much had to start over with very little relationship with is mom and dad and no relationships with the rest of his family and most of his friends.  They caused him to have a physical twitch that didn't go away for over a year. And well he's obviously still dealing with it it's only been 2 years. When I emailed him he didn't respond for 3 weeks.  He told me tonight, that the only reason he felt comfortable enough to contact me was he went to my site and read the story about my brother. He remembered me mentioning it in the past but he never had details.  After reading that he figured I'd be someone, if he chose to tell me, that would understood and he knew without a doubt I could not have known or been involved. They have killed any trust he has for anyone.   Never really expected my brothers story to play into things this way but it makes me grateful.  He really wants to write something about his experience and put it out there not only to help people who may be traumatized by it but to wake up families that decide to do this.  The thing is there is a TON of negative shit about aversion therapy online so either a family is gonna do their research or not. If anything what disturbs me even more is this is a legal industry that is making money and unless someone ends up killing themselves or  murdering someone that is harassing them, it's semi legal.  They almost caused him to take his life. Cops even get involved at times or look the other way. While someone's pockets get fatter. And its not an over night solution so the longer it takes the better for the one making the money.  One reason they do this with adults is unlike kids they cant legally kidnap their asses and put them a rehab forcefully.  SO come up with another way to profit from the same ole buill shit and ruin someones life in the name of love and concern.  God I'm just furious.  I'm really glad he chose to open up to me though. Just figured I'd share, kind of appropriate to post here I'd say. I totally got him and I really think it helped validate things for him that he had not been able to elsewhere. And now he'd like to turn it into something positive too which great.

Also there are quite a few, believe it or not, incidents of both suicide and murder by using this tactic., the even use it to make homosexuals, straight. I can think of a few people it would be cool to use it on as far as revenge is concerned I'll tell you that.   But hey what did Betty Sembler say? As long as we help at least ONE it's more then worth it!  Fuck you BS and anyone who thinks that way. If every person that subscribed to that sick way of thinking dropped dead tomorrow. I would not give a fuck.  Im just so sick of this shit and knowing people are profiting off the pain of others in the name of something good. Fuck them all! K i should get to bed.  Just wanted to pass this on.

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delete is still doin stupid stuff

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The Troubled Teen Industry / KIDS of N.J. to pay $3.75M in patient's suit
« on: February 04, 2007, 05:12:30 AM »

A Clifton man has won a $3.75 million settlement against a now-defunct clinic that became synonymous with abuse and neglect, his attorney said Friday.

"It's strange to be in a situation where you actually confront evil," attorney Philip Elberg said Friday. "And this is what it was: a noxious program run by a fraud."

Antonio Carrera had sued KIDS of New Jersey, a mental-health clinic for troubled teens that was shuttered in 1998 by the state after a series of beatings, sleep deprivations and other abuses came to light.

Carrera, who was 14 when he began treatment in 1994, said he was physically and emotionally abused during his five years at the center, which operated in Secaucus and Hackensack.

Attorneys for the clinic and its owner settled the case shortly after the trial began in Jersey City two weeks ago, making Carrera the last of five North Jersey residents who have obtained more than $16 million in damages, Elberg said.

Three others -- from Wanaque, Wayne and Jersey City -- as well as a former Garden State resident now living in Kansas City, Mo., were able to collect close to $12 million since 1999.

Carrera's treatment was the product of a cult-like boot camp where hundreds of extremely vulnerable children were brutalized in the name of treatment, Elberg said.

An investigation by The Record in 2000 found that KIDS of New Jersey, owned by a former Methodist minister, Miller Newton, prevented patients from going to school, reading books, receiving mail or making phone calls. Only limited contact was allowed with parents.

Rebecca Ehrlich, the Wayne resident who won a $4.5 million settlement, had told The Record that the so-called treatment actually made her mental condition worse. Newcomers had no privacy and were constantly followed around, even in the bathroom, she said.

More recently, another former patient, Nick Gaglia, made an independent film of his experience at the clinic, where he said he was physically abused and alienated from his parents until he carried out a daring escape on the George Washington Bridge.

"[Newton] was, in fact, a real-deal cult leader," Elberg said.

Stephen Ryan, the attorney for Newton and KIDS of New Jersey, didn't return a phone call Friday.

Newton, who lives in Florida and goes by the name "Father Cassian Newton," couldn't be reached.

Craig Combs, the attorney for former medical director Zisalo Wancier of Closter, a co-defendant in the case, did not return a phone call.

No one answered the phone at Carrera's home.

Licensed as a "partial-care provider," KIDS of New Jersey came under the scrutiny of the state Department of Health and Human Services in the late 1990s, amid a push for more supervision and stricter licensing of such facilities.

Allegations had surfaced that some of these clinics, among other things, lured clients from boarding houses by offering them cigarettes and candy.

An inspection later revealed abuses at the program. The clinic's license was subsequently revoked.

"We had never come across anything like this before," a human services official said at the time. "We were pretty repulsed by it."

Elberg said he was disappointed that only a small number of clients were able to collect damages. The rest went to psychiatric hospitals and rehab centers as soon as they left Newton's clinic and didn't tell law enforcement authorities until the statute of limitations had elapsed, the attorney said.

The settlement amount will be paid by insurance companies. Newton was covered by malpractice insurance the entire time that he ran the clinic, Elberg said.

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