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« on: February 21, 2006, 09:41:00 PM »
Who are these people and what makes them qualified 1. to treat kid and 2 qualified to be on this board.  In addition, who are these people MAUREEN NEIHART  
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« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2006, 01:28:00 AM »
Michele Manning AKA Mickey is the Principal of sorts for Spring Creek Academy.  She is an adopted mother of a girl who attended SCL (who now lives with one of the staff members).  She is a complete brown noser of Chaffin Pullan and does not care who she steps on to get what she wants.  She is a very evil, spiteful woman who toots her own horn and is way above her head.

No one is sure of her qualifications as she is from California however if were to ask her, she would talk your head off with all she has done with her accomplishments etc.

As for rules, policy and procedures, she does what she wants no matter what is allowed and what isn't.  She is a firm supporter of WWASP and a person I want you to stay away from.
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« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2006, 02:23:00 AM »
Maureen Neihart:
About Maureen Neihart

Maureen Neihart, Psy.D. is a licensed clinical child psychologist with more than twenty five years experience counseling high ability children and their families.  She is co-editor of the new text, The Social and Emotional Development of Gifted Children: What do we Know? and a former member of the Board of Directors of the National Association for Gifted Children.  Dr. Neihart serves on the editorial boards of Gifted Child Quarterly, Roeper Review, and Journal of Secondary Gifted Education, and has given more than two hundred fifty lectures and workshops worldwide.  She and her husband, Doug, live in Laurel, Montana where they were licensed as therapeutic treatment foster parents and worked with seriously emotionally disturbed adolescents in their home.  

Dr. Neihart?s special interests include children at risk and high performance coaching. Her one act comedy, The Court Martial of George Armstrong Custer, was produced and filmed for local television in 2000.

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Carol Brooker is a Sanders County Commissioner: ... ioners.htm

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Paul Clark:
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Spring Creek School Now Doing Wilderness Experience for All Ages
Paul Clark announced Spring Creek Community School in Montana is now doing wilderness experience expeditions for adults of all ages, emphasizing group dynamics along with physical challenges. The focus is on addictive processes such as workaholic, drugs, dysfunctional family, life change, or any issues needed to be addressed in a safe environment. This evolved out of their family program. ... 293329.DTL

From NATSAP: ... seBill.asp
HB 628, sponsored by Representative Paul Clark and Senator Jim Elliott and supported by programs, was signed into law on April 19, 2005. Representative Clark and Senator Elliott hail from Sanders County in Montana ? an area ?rich? with programs that serve troubled youth.

Representative Clark, in fact, is the owner of a small outdoor program for youth at risk. The fruition of this bill becoming law was not without considerable efforts on the behalf of program and school personnel statewide.
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Panel to begin work regulating youth homes
By JOHN STROMNES of the Missoulian


Is solitary confinement in an isolated ?hobbit hole? appropriate behavior-changing therapy for a troubled, defiant teenager?

Are leg restraints appropriate when bringing such teens to Montana against their will (but at their parents' insistence) to live in a private boarding school?

Who is responsible when an untrained youth ?counselor? seduces teenagers half his age while they're in his care at a church-based residential facility?

These are some of the questions facing - but unlikely to be quickly answered - by the state's newly formed Board of Private Alternative Adolescent Residential or Outdoor Programs.

The board will take its first baby steps toward self-regulation of the unregulated - and burgeoning - ?behavioral health-care industry? in Montana on Wednesday, with a public hearing in Helena on proposed administrative rules that will govern board procedures and the establishment of fees to register existing facilities.

The board was established by the 2005 Legislature as an alternative to a state Department of Health and Human Services measure that would have regulated the programs as health-care providers, as are similar facilities for youths confined by court order.

The push for regulation came about because of much-publicized concerns about the mistreatment or neglect of youths whose parents have enrolled them in behavior-modification programs in Montana, Utah, Arizona, the Caribbean, Mexico and even Central Europe.

Many of the programs operate without government registration or regulation, and abuses have occurred. In well-publicized cases from some ?wilderness experience? programs, youths attending by parental order have even died.

Government and private therapeutic treatment programs for youths committed because of delinquency or crimes are intensively regulated in Montana. Many states also regulate the nonjudicial alternative programs, where the youths in custody are turned over by their parents. But in Montana, these private-pay, private-enroll programs are called ?substitute-care providers? and are specifically exempted from state regulation.

In 2003, Montana's Department of Health and Human Services published a report, ?Unregulated Youth Residential Care Programs in Montana,? to provide background information on the need for regulations.

In 2005, the sought-for legislation - which would have registered and ultimately regulated the programs - was proposed by DPHHS and would have been administered by the department, said Mary Dalton, director of the DPHHS Quality Assurance Division.

The agency already regulates 380 residential facilities and 629 child day-care providers.

But the industry quickly mustered its forces - one program spent $34,000 on lobbying - and proposed its own bill.

?When it became evident that the state would be moving in this direction (toward regulation), the programs wanted to be willing participants and ahead of the curve rather than being dragged along on a leash,? said Rep. Paul Clark, D-Trout Creek, who sponsored the industry's bill and himself works for two smaller wilderness-based adolescent programs in western Sanders County.

The industry bill differed in a number of crucial ways from the DPHHS proposal.

First, it put the entire registration and regulatory proposal under the auspices of the state Department of Labor and Industry, through a board mainly composed of industry representatives, instead of the health-care professionals in DPHHS.

Second, it exempted any faith-based or religious private behavioral therapy programs; at least seven of the 30 programs in Montana are faith-based.

Third, it would be self-supporting through fees and not cost taxpayers any money, as the DPHHS regulation presumably would have.

The Legislature weighed its options and quickly favored Clark's bill, which passed both houses easily. The DPHHS bill died in committee.

Dalton said the fact that Clark, a respected legislator who works in the industry, sponsored the industry bill and helped secure its passage. Clark said the fact that his proposal cost taxpayers nothing was ?a big issue? to many legislators.

?The programs themselves, not the state, are paying for it. That was a big issue - $40,000 and $50,000 for the two years,? he said.

The first step in the approved process is to establish rules by which the board will operate and register existing programs. That will be the topic at Wednesday's meeting in Helena. The rules also propose how site visits will be made. A week's notification in advance must be given to the program, under the proposed rules.

Programs that are exempt include any that are already regulated, or recreational programs, or boarding schools or residential schools that focus on academics, or sports-oriented camps.

Specifically exempt are alternative residential programs that are adjunct to any organized church, such as Pinehaven near St. Ignatius.

The new board is composed of five members - three from various segments of the industry and two interested members of the public. Serving on the board at present are Clark, as representative of small programs; Michele ?Mickey? Manning, principal at Spring Creek Lodge Academy west of Thompson Falls, with 500 students perhaps the largest such boarding program in Montana, and the largest employer in Sanders County; Mary Alexine of Chrysalis Inc., near Eureka, representing medium-sized programs; Carol Brooker of Plains, a Sanders County commissioner; and Maureen Neihart of Laurel, a licensed clinical child psychologist.

The board must meet at least twice a year for two years to examine the benefits and drawbacks of licensing and registration. To do so, it will conduct an extensive survey of current standards and other issues.

It will report back to the 2007 Legislature and either recommend further legislation, or recommend the board be disbanded with no further action advisable.

The law asserts that ?necessary licensure processes and safety standards for programs are best developed and monitored by the professionals that are actively engaged in providing private alternative adolescent residential care.?

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