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The Troubled Teen Industry / Possible assault at Turn-about Ranch
« Last post by Oscar on February 25, 2021, 03:24:05 AM »
Quote from: Deseret News
Inspired by Paris Hilton, woman says Utah ranch punished her for reporting assaults
By Annie Knox, Deseret News, February 21 - 2021

SALT LAKE CITY — Motivated to come forward after Paris Hilton’s allegations of abuse at a Provo center for troubled teens, a Colorado woman is suing a different Utah program.

Turn-About Ranch in Escalante punished Hannah Archuleta after she reported sexual assaults by an employee, she alleges in her lawsuit filed Wednesday in Garfield County’s 6th District Court.

Archuleta joins Hilton and several others now advocating for better state oversight of the centers where they say employees victimized them, but they couldn’t get help because they didn’t have access to the outside world.

“There appears to be a major problem in Utah,” Archuleta’s attorney, Gloria Allred, said in reference to the residential rehab facilities for teens.

Turn-About Executive Director Michelle Lindsay did not immediately return a phone message left Wednesday for comment.

Archuleta said she was inspired by Hilton to come forward. She and Allred urged Utah lawmakers to pass the same bill Hilton endorsed earlier this month in at-times tearful testimony at the state Capitol.

“I am here today to spread the message to every parent in America: Do not send your children to these places or endorse them,” Archuleta said.

SB127, which awaits a vote in the House, would require the treatment centers to submit monthly reports to the Utah Office of Licensing, among other changes.

Archuleta alleges she was whisked to the ranch in southern Utah in 2019 when she was 17, just after appearing on a TV segment of “Dr. Phil.” He’s a proponent of Turn-About who recommended the program to her family, the lawsuit says.

At the time, Archuleta had recently learned her mother was terminally ill with liver failure, she said Wednesday.

She says she was too scared to tell anyone the first time the man groped her in a kitchen about a week and a half after she arrived.

But after the same employee “aggressively” and inappropriately touched her in late November or early December 2019 while she was retrieving a dish from a cabinet, Archuleta told three female employees about the incident. She was told to write a detailed letter describing the assaults, according to the lawsuit.

She provided the letter to someone in management that described what happened, but claims in the lawsuit that the man she identified as her aggressor didn’t face meaningful discipline and the ranch didn’t notify police.

Rather, its staffers forced her to sleep on a wooden plank with no pillow, verbally abused her, threatened violence and forced her to work outside in below-freezing temperatures, the lawsuit says.

She claims she was denied access to the bathroom and was assigned her “reflection” time, which consisted of picking up horse manure, walking in circles around a horse corral for hours, or staying at a desk facing a wall for hours.

One employee, a “residential coach,” accused Archuleta of lying “because you’re crying so much” and “only liars cry,” the suit says.

After writing home to describe the abuse, her father, Tony Archuleta, retrieved her from the ranch in December 2019. Although he filed a report with the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, the case isn’t moving forward, he said.

“I had sent her there because I was told she would receive the education and therapy that would help her,” he said.

The man remained at work and had one-on-one interactions with other girls, despite another also reporting that he sexually assaulted her, Archuleta alleges in the suit.

She’s suing for negligent hiring and supervision, assault, battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress, and she’s seeking damages to be awarded at trial.

The ranch is facing an earlier lawsuit from the widow of a counselor who was beaten to death by a teenager who was suicidal and addicted to drugs in 2016. The suit alleges the ranch wasn’t equipped to handle someone with those issues.
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The Troubled Teen Industry / Jubilee Youth Ranch / Jubilee Christian Academy
« Last post by Oscar on February 10, 2021, 03:03:13 PM »
Located in Prescott, Washington the program closed in 2018. The campus was then the property of Masters Ranch West (A department of Masters Ranch Christian Academy from Couch, Missouri). The authorities closed the later and removed the boys from the campus. It is not clear why  Jubilee Youth Ranch / Jubilee Christian Academy closed:

Some parents and former detainees made a review of the closed Jubilee program:

Quote from: Todd W.
Specific concerns included:

  • non-medical staff administering / dispensing prescribed medications to the patients.
  • numerous residential staff not passing criminal background checks (including one staff member that was hired on the date he was released from Washington State Penitentiary)
  • a policy developed by the Administrator blocking licensed clinical staff from responding to patients who had attempted suicide at the facility.
  • physical beatings of students by other students resulting in several students running away from the facility for their own protection.  One of these beatings was video-taped by a student on a cellular telephone and by the next morning it had over 20,000 views on Facebook.

Quote from: Shana L.
OMG I whole heartedly agree with the other 2 reviews. I am so sorry I let my son go there for 3 months. He is lucky to be alive. I pray for the boys safety there all the time. My son is traumatized & still telling me again, just today of the horrific things he experienced while there almost a year ago. He was 13 & the youngest, too young for that place! He was exposed to terrible things while there. Kids sneak out at night & score & do hard drugs & drink in the near by towns, feilds, & within the school. Keys to cars at night were snuck by older boys to take cars off of the property. One night he was chased by a rotweiler through a feild & could've been killed. (Not enough responsible supervision!!!!!)

The therapist gave up after 2 tries in 3 months when my son was resistant at first. So no "therapuetic" anything was involved. They had no idea what to do with my son & called me & his dad for suggestions. They seemed in disbelief that he was troubled although it's a school for "troubled youth". He resisted going to school & slept the days away a lot of the time. Staff was always unresponsive & unreachable for days for one excuse or another, even when I tried to reach them to warn them my son was reporting he was getting bullied & then he got beat up. It was blamed on their phone system which after 3 months I didn't buy it anymore.

I didn't recognize who my son was on the phone while he was there. He sounded so hardened, weird & distant (he changed for the better immediatly after leaving there). He has since revealed he was exposed to & doing hard drugs constantly, & was not safe at all. Boys fight in bathrooms off camera in bedrooms etc. Fear of the devil was put into him while there. Not nessesarily by staff but constant talk by students. Night staff who are often kids themselves were scared of a student & hid from him who would wander halls at night, stare at walls,talk to himself,draw pentograms on walls,hurt himself & other bizarre things.I have compassion for the staff & that student but this didn't help my son feel safe & I don't think he was safe. I never felt at peace mentally until he left there. I didn't know the details but something didn't seem right the entire time.

I think the individuals involved who work there often have good motives & want to help kids,or are recent ex students who still need help & get a job there,or are recent ex-students working off their debt who destroyed property who don't really want to be there. They often were kind to my son but they are not professionals & most are ex-drug addicts who still have problems themselves. Although they have good hearts, I experienced them being reactive,taking things personal, being unprofessional & no real education how to help kids with special needs. After they first tried to reach out to my son & he didn't immediatly warm up to them - he was told he "burnt his bridges". To me this was ex-drug addict talk & would make a kid feel like nobody wanted to be there for him anymore because he has problems.Which is why he was sent there to begin with.

Some kids maybe should've been in a mental institution -smearing poop on walls & throwing it at my son when napping. Melting down & tearing things up & the other kids beating that kids ass (my sons words today). Not enough supervision, structure,protection or education for individuals with real mental problems.

I wanted my son to be in a Christian atmosphere because I love God & didn't want that left out of his life the year he'd be there, but I have since learned Christian facilities are not monitored or held to the same standard as other schools. They can do their own thing.

I am grateful for the man who drove my son to the emergency room in the middle of the nigtht, in the snow to have his stomach pumped so he wouldn't die from an over the counter drug over dose, & for the therapist being by his bed side all the next day watching over him. The night staff  was very kind to me & my son that night & kept me updated every couple of hours & same with the therapist the following day. I'm grateful for the staff that had my son stay safe in a private room, nurtured him & he got to watch movies for a night after he was jumped & almost had his nose broken ( I really am grateful) I did feel the love at times but...none of it should've ever happened.

Preventative actions should have been taken. Calls & warnings of bullying should've been responded to, medicines should've been kept in a safe etc.

I waited to leave a review because I never wanted to thwart anyone from getting help that needed it, & didn't want to just bad mouth the place because I think their motive is good, but the fact is the place is not safe & I don't think they are qualified to be doing what they are doing. If I'd only known & not been so desperate to get my son out of harms way I'd never of sent him there. Now I know- so I am letting you know. Their name also is under Jubilee Leadership Academy.

Quote from: Ambe W.
Our hearts were broken with the recent events which occurred under Jubilee leadership Academy's authority. Wish those who work for Jubilee would stop posting comments which depict JLA in a great light when that is not the truth. Unless you're child has been at Jubilee and gone through what many parents on yelp are trying to say you'll never understand the horrific atmosphere and conditions that our children have all endured. Those who are trying to advertise for Jubilee to get more boys to come to their program  should also be silenced since they never had a son attend this program.

I wish you all would see what has happened to all of our sons lives.  When your son has been beaten up multiple times with staff just looking on and videoing the fights, only to then publish it on social media so others can laugh, then will may understand the true ramifications of the injustice that is going on at Jubilee  leadership academy.

When your child  calls from JLA  But can't freely talk because all of his phone calls are being monitored without your knowledge something is terribly wrong.

When your son gives up on life and would rather die because he is tired of hurting and no one at JLA cares enough to  get the proper help for him, something is terribly wrong.

When you find out that your son doesn't have enough medication to last through to the next cycle because his medication has been stolen, something is terribly wrong.

Dear heavenly father, please shine a light on the staff and this therapeutic boarding school that it might get the help that it needs so It can have your blessings on their program again. We pray that your  truth dear Lord would come forth and that the lies would be silenced by those who are trying to not shine light on the injustices that have been going on at Jubilee.  We also bring before you dear lord all the boys that have been hurt and the scars that they carry around with them to this day from Jubilee leadership Academy. We pray for healing in their lives and  they would use these trials that they've gone through to grow into Godly young man for your kingdom.  In Jesus name, amen

Quote from: Lynn H.
Much has changed in the last couple of years at Jubilee Leadership Academy. Our experience was one of heartache, failure on Jubilee's staff, bullying, emotional damage and out right blindness in what was going on around the staff. Drugs and Alcohol usage a major problem  but staff was in denial. 10 to 1 staff ratio within the dorms making it a very dangerous environment. Money so poorly managed that one should question what accountability they adhere to. Talk to the Walla Walla judicial system and you will here true accounts of the mismanagement and poor supervision to keep these young men safe in a hostile environment.  Please reconsider sending your young man to Jubilee Leadership Academy until they make major changes from the top down.

Quote from: Barbara B.
I am a Mother who saw first hand what Jubilee Leadership Academy does for troubled boys who are sent there because of struggles they are having. It is because of JLA and their poor supervision that my son got beaten up over and over again with nothing being done to fix the problem. It's because of JLA that no one took him to get checked out from any Doctor nor were any police notified even though he had bruises all over his body. It's because of JLA that some boys who were looking on while my son got the crap beaten out of him,  they used their cell phones (without JLA even knowing they had them) to record his beating and posted it on social media. It's because of JLA that he tried to end his life because no one there cared enough to protect him when he felt threatened, not one time but several times he tried to kill himself and do you think anyone from JLA called the authorities to get my son any help? NO one called us or even put it in their reports for parents to see. Our son finally had enough and tried to run away to get free of the abusive nature at JLA. It's then that JLA said he couldn't come back because he attempted to flee from their unsafe, hostel environment? There is nothing good that came out of JLA and the damage is very real. Possibly life long  issues that we may have to deal with to help our son heal from such a horrible place. We so wish that he never went to Jubilee Leadership Academy because it isn't worth the damage done, period!

Done hiding out of fear, PLEASE let our voice be heard for all the future boys and families who are looking for a "Christian" therapeutic boarding school when life becomes hard. AND for all of those young BOYS who have been damaged by the Leadership at JUBILEE because they didn't stop the abuse, please know WE are PRAYING FOR YOU. WE LOVE YOU even though we've never met. We are together by the mutual bound of CHRIST and His Kingdom.

Quote from: Bruce S.
Our FIRST hand experience with our son drove us running from JLA!.  Very disappointed in Jubilee Leadership Academy and how they have changed in all these past years. They initially opened their doors with hearts for the boys in this nation and wanted them to have a safe place they could go to where God's Word would fill their hearts and they would be loved into healing. These past 5 years or so their focus turned into everything but these young men. Lives have been damaged, hearts hardened and some may never really recover from the abuse they incurred while attending JLA. From an abusive atmosphere to buying drugs, staff is no the wiser or they just don't care any more. If the CEO isn't reflecting Christ to these boys then how can the staff? It needs to start at the top if JLA has any chance in earning their reputation back where it once was.

Quote from: Taco S.
I went to jubille and I just got kicked out because they cant handle a mad stressed angry kid.  as a student I saw a lot of stuff go down there. Like no disrespect to rick and lean and to sum of the staff (and I mean sum) but it was horrible for me because everyday there would be someone being mean to another kid and staff doing the minimum to stop it I got into at least 6 fights before they said sum even when i told them that kid was bothering me. The staff was good sometimes like when I beat up a kid and he went to a shed got a knife and was on his way back to stab me but got stopped. But srsly they needa up thier game the food was mostly shit btw except for matts wifes cooking i give her props but on some real the staff needa take care of these kids there especially the ones who can't stand up for them self's #tyler but jubille did have some nice times we went out on nice outings alot which was nice most of the time
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Information about the removal of the boys from the Washington department:

‘Lord of the Flies chaos.’ State removes boys from Christian boarding school near Tri-Cities (Tri-City Herald)
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The owner of this ranch used to run a program near Prescott in the State of Washington. However the authorities removed the children from the Washington ranch because the state of Washington have laws that demands a higher standard compared to Missouri where the owner founded the program in 1997.

A number of both parents and former detainees at the ranch have made testimonies about the program

Quote from: Mike List
all im going to say is religion should never be forced upon anybody i dont care what your beliefs are about it that is NOT OKAY. I went there a drug addict, left there a drug addict. after all the horrid things we had to do i had/have no desire to get better, as it only made my mental illnesses worse, i literally have dreams where im back there and i wake up sweating always after asking my best friend what i did to come back. there are no professional therapists there, only pastors, whove never seen life like an addict or a criminal has, they don't know how to help these boys, they run the program through fear, not love, as they advertise. Every therapist/psychologist ive seen since leaving that place has told me they think it negatively affected me. im a past student who attended the ranch for 16 months.

Quote from: Rhonda Simko
My son will be leaving this poor quality cult soon. Lack of education with my son being 27 months. He went 1 and 1/2 grades in this time. A boy can only advance at remembering and rehearsing Bible verses. The indicate they teach skills to boys in future. I have met many families not one boy has come out of that facility a better quality boy. My recommendation is to look into another facility this is not worth your child's time.

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The Troubled Teen Industry / Midcourse correction reviews
« Last post by Oscar on February 09, 2021, 02:43:18 AM »
Midcourse Correction is a short-term boot camp. We once had a thread about an escape attempt from the camp, but with the present fokus on BreakingCodeSilence it is time to highlight the program once again with these reviews from Google Maps.

Quote from: makeup_ by_slay
I wish I could rate this place ZERO! I was sent here by my therapist and school because I was TERRIFIED to go to school after a girl that I thought was my friend brought a knife to school and threatened to kill me.
So they had a meeting and decided I needed bootcamp since I was terrified to go to school. This was absolutely the WORST experience of MY LIFE! I was yelled at, cused at, kicked, pushed, made to go out in the freezing cold in January with no shoes, socks, coat or hat on, to do "Cal's" because we didn't say goodnight to the corrections officer.
I got so sick after I left that HELL, I was admitted to the hospital with pneumonia for almost 2 weeks!
Parents please for the love of God don't ever send your kids here! Look into other places, but don't ever send them here. I wanted to die the whole time I was there, and I didn't even belong there, I should've NEVER been sent there in the first place, so please don't put your kids through the same hell I had to endure!

Quote from: stacy wilson
Do not send your child here unless you want to mentally destroy them and forever scar them. Most people here reviewing five stars are people who worked there and niéve parents who think this worked and fixed their children for them. These people degrade you and make you feel worthless and you carry that as a weight on your shoulder for the rest of your life. I was a young, beautiful girl and now I am depressed and burdened. They made us do things that were frankly unsanitary. We were forced to roll in mud and then not allowed to change our clothes and had to sleep in them. On the final day we were "granted" our one and only two minute shower under freezing water whereby all ten of us girls were forced to get naked and stand on a tarp waiting our turn. I don't know when the last time it was legal to force ten minors to get naked and stand on a tarp, but it certainly wasn't in 2016! I don't know how one could possibly fathom that you can send your child somewhere for 46 hours and think that they're going to come back a new person, almost as if they're just going to give you a different child, not your own. If you think your child is having issues you as a parent need to step up to your parental duties and speak to your child, not ditch them on someone else and expect them to fix it, it will just create a further divide between you and your child. Everything in my life has lost absolute feeling to it and I frankly care about absolutely nothing. I don't hate my parents for doing this to me, not the first time they've tried to ditch their problems with me on someone else.
Quote from: Samantha Filek
It's been 3 years and I wake up after having dreams of the inhumane, brutal, and insane memories of the actions put upon me at this camp. There are nights I am still traumatized of the three hours of sleep while being woken up by screams. There are times when I am reminded by the entrance and the way the workers introduce my self. They are intimidating and evil. Though some teens are troubled, they need help. But not the help where their life's are altered and they are forever, emotionally terrified. A teen should not act a certain way out of fear of anything. Waking up in the middle of the night remembering such a place is not the way I wanted to assure that I always behaved. No matter how troubled your teen is, I encourage you, with a full heart, to choose better and wiser options. You do not want your child to spend their years sufferening from the PTSD Midcourse Correction makes them leave with. The teens who walk out the door are changed only in one way. They will never sleep the same. They will always and only have the traumatic memories that Midcourse Correction forces them to carry around for years and years on end. Thank you .

Quote from: Stella A. Dimoko
My experience was very traumatic. To this day i am still struggling to cope with the PTSD this camp gave me. I’ve been through a number of different places that help me get reduce this trauma, but so far none of them have worked. I don’t think it is possible to get rid of the trauma from this camp, which is why I would never consider sending your child here. This trauma affects my everyday life and everything I do- all I get is flashbacks. No more good grades, no boyfriends, just flashbacks. I’ve never experienced something worse in my life.

Quote from: britnee lafayette
My 15 year old sister went to the Otisville location this past weekend. We were called from the camp on Sunday morning at 7 to let us know she was vomiting blood and that we should probably come get her. They did not allow her to take a drink of water or anything. We proceeded to take her to the hospital, she was swollen from head to toe could not walk because her joints were so swollen. The doctors are saying that this happened in the span of TWO days of intense shock to her body. I know it was our choice to send her here but we thought they would teach her how to handle her anger, not to put her straight to the hospital...she will never be going back there, and you can bet I will do everything I can to let others know they are not what they say they are.

Quote from: jack l
READ FIRST !!!! Hi my name is Jack and I went to bed course when I was only 15. you guys want an honest review I'm not going to give you some saying it was great were everything to give me the full on Spectrum. To understand why I went there I was actually pretty good it's just I just use tobacco  and Mild disrespect.  which I wouldn't think it's that bad.
Mid-course Corrections is basically a legal way to abuse your child your kid will get hurt and some way if that guy broke his arm there and had to be sent home I see with my own eyes. your kid will get mentally scarred and verbally abused and physically abused if you want your child to get hurt abused have nightmares after 2 weeks after it then I think it's a great place to send them I'm being sarcastic you don't want your kid to be hurt abused or any kind of discomfort you go to bed at 2 a.m. and wake up at 4:30 I mean seriously .Sleep deprivation and constant pain I was sore  so bad took me a week to recover I couldn't even stand up out of my chair after it I had to get assistance with my parents just to get out of my chair. if you love your child and you want your child back get a psychologist to help them understand why are they doing that instead of yelling at them it's a lot cheaper. If your child has to get sent back there they have to wear a backpack full of lead it's at least 50 lb I never wore the backpack but this one kid had it was sleep with it and go wherever he went I feel bad I feel so bad for him.
in conclusion don't send your kid here if you wanted to get hurt cuz they will get hurt

Quote from: d monay
i went here back in december and i still struggle with depression and ptsd from it. you go to bed at 2:30 and wake up at 4:30 and barely get to eat. you don’t get to change your clothes the whole time and now i don’t ever wanna do hard work again bc of the mental abuse i went through. if your a parent reading this DONT SEND YOUR KIDS HERE PLEASE.
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Information found on Reddit - since removed - has pointed in direction of a person called Brother Kelly Vanderkooi.

In a post on Facebook, this Vanderkooi might be the same person mentioned in relationship with a post related to Reclamation Ranch.

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Can it be the same Vanderkooi who is mentioned in a post on the website of Reclamation Ranch Ministries? The owner of Reclamation Ranch Jack Patterson has a Roloff background and ran a program in Alabama which was raided years back where they used shackles on the kids.

https://www.facebook.com/reclamationranchministries/posts/247942235677501

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The facility also goes under the name "Pilgrims Rest Ministry of Reconciliation"

It is located on 1196 Renfrow Hill Rd, Dundee, Kentocky 42338

Is it using the same methods as in Roloffs homes?

Two threads on the reddit message board is about this place

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The Troubled Teen Industry / Re: Three Springs Alumni
« Last post by Oscar on January 24, 2021, 03:43:11 AM »
Hey.....  Three springs caught my eye.  I graduated from Auldern Academy.  Did you have any contact with the people there?

Auldern Academy is now on "1000 places You don't want to be as a teenager"

818. Auldern Academy
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The Troubled Teen Industry / Canyon State Academy ready for 2nd name change ?
« Last post by Oscar on January 16, 2021, 05:24:20 AM »
Once again a boy died at the facility now going under the name Canyon State Academy.

Source:

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17-year-old Canyon State Academy student dies after being found unresponsive
Arizona Republic, by Chelsea Curtis, January 23 - 2020

A 17-year-old student at Canyon State Academy died Tuesday after he was found unresponsive, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office said Thursday.

The teenager was found unresponsive about 11:30 p.m. when emergency personal responded to the academy at 20061 E. Rittenhouse Road in Queen Creek, the sheriff's office said.

He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to the sheriff's office. His name was not released.

Details about the events leading up to the teenager's death were not provided by the sheriff's office.

His cause of death has not yet been determined by the Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s Office and the investigation is ongoing.

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A spokesperson for the academy did not immediately respond to The Arizona Republic's requests for comment.

Canyon State Academy was founded in 1948 for at-risk children and adolescents, according to the academy's website. It has a residential program with academic, career and technical training, athletics and more.

It is now operated by Rite of Passage, which is a national provider of therapeutic and educational programs for youth, the website states.

The academy was previously called the Arizona Boys Ranch before it was changed to Canyon State Academy in April 2000, the Republic reported.

The change was meant to signify a fresh start for the organization after years of scrutiny after the death of Nicholaus Contreraz, a 16-year-old boy who collapsed while being punished in May 1998.

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