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(Publication Pending - CAFETY 2011)




If you walked in part way through my presentation, you might have assumed that I was talking about human rights violations in a third world country. Unfortunately, these human rights violations occurred right here in the U.S. of America.[1]


Stories have been repeated in the media over and over again describing youth, some as young as seven, often awakened from bed in the middle of the night, taken by two large men by force or the threat thereof, while their family stands aside observing.[2]  These youths are then shipped thousands of miles away, destined to spend much of their childhood engaged in compulsory, hard labor without pay and “therapy” amounting to little more than re-education type of psychological abuse, under the guise of treatment or discipline by sadistic, sometimes violent, staff.[3]  While the aforementioned description is one most commonly associated with a draconian prison camp, what is actually being described is the fate of youths whose parents, desperate to find help for their “troubled teen,” were convinced to send their unwilling child to a tough-love programs run by U.S. nationals and marketed as wilderness camps, therapeutic boarding schools, and behavior modification programs.[4]  Many of these programs are located within the U.S. where they are subject to very little oversight or regulation, but at least several operate overseas, mostly in developing countries like Samoa, where they are subject to even scanter regulation.[5]  The staff is generally under-qualified to administer the services offered, such as education and psychotherapy, and their methods often range from traumatic to extremely traumatic, highly dangerous, and abusive.[6]


This paper begins with the “Background” description of the development of the troubled-teen industry, followed by an account of widespread reports of abuse in the industry’s programs and institutions both in the U.S. and abroad.  Special attention is paid to two of the industry’s largest entities, the World Wide Association of Specialty Programs and Schools and the Aspen Education Group.  The “Discussion” section reviews many of the key legal issues raised against these institutions, including the rights of parents to send their children to these facilities, the lawsuits and criminal convictions that have resulted, the few state regulations that are currently in place - including a NY State case study, and international human rights laws applicable to the children detained in these facilities.  “Looking Forward” addresses state and federal proposals, challenges constitutional limitations under international law, and examines additional proposals under international law that could further protect children from abusive practices in U.S. and foreign-based facilities.

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The Troubled Teen Industry / Rehab Rating Site
« on: March 29, 2011, 06:43:26 PM »
Mostly for adults, but may add some youth focused programs in the future:

The Troubled Teen Industry / SEVIS
« on: September 17, 2006, 11:07:12 PM »
If the gov't allows atudents from abroad to attend unregulated facilities then I think they should issue a statement much like they have for facilities abroad... that students may not be protected...

Mission Mountain School / Dr Drag moved on, Tom Wilcox arrives
« on: July 07, 2006, 09:47:00 PM »
Guess Dr. Drag had enough, eh?  that didn't take long, did it? Wonder how long Tom will last - took a while to find someone, didn't it? ... 060522.htm

News From Mission Mountain School

Colleen Harrington
Assistant School Head

May, 2006

Colleen Harrington, Assistant School Head announced some developments that have occurred at Mission Mountain School within the past several months. MMS is delighted and excited to announce its re-accreditation from the Pacific Northwest Association of Independent Schools in November.

The PNAIS Evaluation Team commended Mission Mountain School for several things, including: Creating an intentional, healing community that provides both care and structure for the students; The consistent and powerful commitment to introspection and evaluation of the program in order to best serve the needs of their student population; and the thoughtful articulation, understanding and implementation of the school's vision and philosophy. This was the result of a culmination of a year long self-study process. In March, Colleen, John Mercer, School Head and four staff members took a group of students for an extended trip to Death Valley National Park. This was a fun and exciting trip they may elect to do on an annual basis. Regarding personnel, they are pleased to announce that Tim Wilcox, PhD is the new Clinical Director. Tim brings over 20 years of experience and enthusiasm to his position. They also underwent a variety of staff changes at the end of last year and now have some new people on board to help them carry out their mission and vision. And last, they have decided to return to their "roots" which means MMS will keep its population closer to 32 rather than 40. This is the number for which their campus is actually designed, and they believe this will allow them to provide a better service to their students and families.

Mission Mountain School / Just one more thing
« on: July 05, 2006, 09:28:00 PM »
remember all those Nalgene water bottles, or for the chornically ill with bladder infections- Nalgene cranberry bottles...more articles online at various sites. So,if the trauma didn't kill us, or John's mind games, the water bottles may!  

Nalgene Water Bottles Appear to be Unsafe

Although the colorful, durable and lightweight Nalgene water bottles have been the hydration choice of outdoor enthusiasts, scientific evidence has shown the plastic used to make the bottle may pose serious health hazards.

Made from Lexan polycarbonate resin and marketed through Nalgene Outdoor Products, Lexan was envisioned to be the ideal material for water bottles due to its durability and the way the material of the bottle didn?t hold any odors or flavors to distort the taste of the liquid being stored in the bottle.

A study that involved researching birth defects and developmental abnormalities that caused miscarriages in mice raised the suspicions on all polycarbonate plastics.

The study revealed a sudden increase in aneuploidy, a defect consisting of abnormal loss or gain of chromosomes, which in humans could possibly lead to miscarriages or disorders such as Down Syndrome.

The spontaneous jump in mouse aneuploidy was traced back to a lab worker, who used a strong detergent to clean the mice cages and water bottles. The effects of the detergent resulted in the plastic attaching itself to bisphenol, a chemical that mimics the female hormone estrogen.

Research has shown that low BPA levels have had an adverse effect on prostate development, tumors, breast tissue development, sperm count and enlargement of fat cells in the body.

Scientists have warned against allowing any polycarbonate plastics near your food or water and stated the devastating effects of these chemicals posed the biggest risk to babies during early development.

Despite the warnings, polycarbonate plastics continue to be used in a wide variety of products including food storage cans, dental sealants and the Nalgene Lexan bottles.

Daytop Village / Daytop in NY
« on: July 02, 2006, 10:33:00 PM »
What is this place like?  I refer to the TC?  Someone I know is considering going, but I heard scary things from someone else I met who went there about 10 years ago?

Anyone know of really helpful TC for adults who are bipolar- early onset??

thanks, kat

Aspen Education Group / Survey on the industry
« on: July 01, 2006, 08:11:00 PM »
please check for link coming next week for survey on the industry by ASTART, sponsored by Univ. South Fl and Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law and Policy

please check for link coming next week for survey on the industry by ASTART, sponsored by Univ. South Fl and Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law and Policy

please check for link coming next week for survey on the industry by ASTART, sponsored by Univ. South Fl and Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law and Policy

please check for link coming next week - survey on the industry by ASTART  [ This Message was edited by: katfish on 2006-07-01 17:09 ]

Hyde Schools / SURVEY on the experiences of parents, kids and staff
« on: July 01, 2006, 08:08:00 PM »
please check for link coming next week for survey on the industry

please check for link coming next week.

please check for link coming next week.

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