FTC: Considering a Private Residential Treatment Program for a Troubled Teen? See: Questions for Parents and Guardians to Ask or download the more detailed FTC Factsheet
|The Alliance for the Safe, Therapeutic and Appropriate use of Residential Treatment (A START) is sponsored by the Department of Child and Family Studies of the University of South Florida. The Alliance now includes leaders in psychology, psychiatry, nursing, mental health law, policy and family advocacy, as well as individuals with direct program experience as director, evaluator, parent or participant in such programs.||The mission of the Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law is to protect and advance the rights of adults and children who have mental disabilities. The Center envisions an America where people who have mental illnesses or developmental disabilities exercise their own life choices and have access to the resources that enable them to participate fully in their communities.||
Mental Disability Rights International (MDRI) is dedicated to promoting
the human rights and full participation in society of people with mental
The National Federation, a national family-run organization serves to:
|The United States International Council on Disabilities is a federation of US-based non-governmental organizations, federal agencies and individuals committed to advocacy and action on behalf of the global disability rights agenda. Because of its unique structure, USICD’s core strength is its membership. Through its vast network of disabled people’s organizations and other NGO stakeholders, government members and individual advocates, USICD has the advocacy reach to impact critical emerging issues both in the United States and internationally. USICD’s Board of Directors includes the most recognized leaders in the American disability rights movement, providing a wealth of experience and strategic guidance to USICD’s mission and sharing a vision for the full inclusion, access, and human rights of people with disabilities worldwide.
SEE: Advocacy for Ratification of the CRPD
The National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) is the nation’s
leading public policy center dedicated to promoting the economic
security, health, and well-being of America’s low-income families
and children. NCCP uses research to inform policy and practice
with the goal of ensuring positive outcomes for the next generation.
We promote family-oriented solutions at the state and national levels.
|MFI is an independent nonprofit coalition defending human rights and promoting humane alternatives for mental and emotional well being. MFI vision is to unite in a spirit of mutual cooperation for a nonviolent revolution of mental health human rights and choice.||The National Youth Rights Association (NYRA) defends the civil and human rights of young people in the United States through educating people about youth rights, working with public officials and empowering young people to work on their own behalf. We believe certain basic rights are intrinsic parts of American citizenship and transcend age or status limits.||
The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) is the nonprofit
membership organization for the federally mandated Protection
and Advocacy (P&A) Systems and Client Assistance Programs
(CAP) for individuals with disabilities. Collectively, the P&A/CAP
network is the largest provider of legally based advocacy services
to people with disabilities in the United States.
|The Icarus Project envisions a new culture and language that resonates with our actual experiences of 'mental illness' rather than trying to fit our lives into a conventional framework. We are a network of people living with experiences that are commonly labeled as bipolar or other psychiatric conditions.||YOUTH POWER! is the New York State Network of young people with disabilities and/or social-emotional challenges. Together we have decided to speak up about our experiences because no one knows what it is like for us better than we do.||
NARPA is dedicated to promoting those policies and pursuing
those strategies that represent the preferred options of people who
have been labeled mentally disabled. NARPA is committed to
advocating the abolishing of all forced treatment laws. NARPA
believes the recipients of mental health services are capable of
and entitled to make their own choices, and they are, above all,
equal citizens under the law. To the extent that the recipients and
former recipients may need assistance to support or express or
achieving their preferences, NARPA is committed to promoting
rights protection and advocacy which focuses upon both the right
to choose and the specific choices of those who request assistance.
Therefore, NARPA's fundamental mission is to help empower people
who have been labeled mentally disabled so that they may learn to
independently exercise their rights.
|The Law Project for Psychiatric Rights (PsychRights) is a non-profit, tax exempt 501(c)(3) public interest law firm whose mission is to mount a strategic legal campaign against forced psychiatric drugging and electroshock in the United States akin to what Thurgood Marshall and the NAACP mounted in the 40's and 50's on behalf of African American civil rights.||
The Campaign for U.S. Ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is a volunteer-driven network of academics, attorneys, child and human rights advocates, educators, members of religious and faith-based communities, physicians, representatives from non-governmental organizations, students, and other concerned citizens who seek to bring about U.S. ratification and implementation of the CRC.
CMHS’s National Center for Trauma-Informed Care (NCTIC)
is a technical assistance center dedicated to building awareness of trauma-informed
care and promoting the implementation of trauma-informed practices in programs and services.
NCTIC has also facilitated a Facebook Group called Trauma-Informed to promote
dialog around trauma-informed care and to foster the sharing of knowledge and
resources through this social marketing network.NCTIC Brochure (PDF)
Film and Book
"The Program" - Documentary
From Publishers Weekly
Les Enfants Perdus De Tranquility Bay (Documentary -- France) - Shocking docu "Tranquility Bay" presents evidence of abuse at several behavior modification centers for troubled teens run by a Utah-based company. The company's Guantanamo Bay-style approach to education has been reported previously in the media, but this English-language pic by Gallic co-helmers Mathieu Verboud and Jean Robert Viallet provides an in-depth investigation that eschews sensationalism and builds a scrupulously mounted case against the org via moving interviews with victims and parents, as well as present and ex-employees.
|Based on actual events in the life of the filmmaker, writer/director Nick Gaglia's Over the GW tells the tale of two Bronx siblings whose desperate mother takes them across the GW Bridge to New Jersey in hopes that a revolutionary rehabilitation program (Kids of North Jersey) will be the key to their recovery. Tony (George Gallagher) and Sofia (Kether Donahue) are druggies. Having exhausted all other options for getting her kids sober, Tony and Sofia's mother opts to taken them to New Jersey and place them in a rigorous thirty-day rehabilitation program run by the tyrannical Dr. Hiller (Albert Insinnia). When Tony and Sofia's one month stretches into a grueling two-and-a-half year ordeal, the psychological torment and false imprisonment they are forced to endure at the behest of the corrupt doctor threatens to do far more damage than even the most addictive narcotics. Eventually led to believe that the only thing keeping them alive is the program, the frightened siblings fall victim to a detestable form of brainwashing while navigating a cult-like maze of confusion and struggling to maintain their true identities. Also see footage from Over the GW private screening.|
By Cindy Art
growing up as a white girl with two adopted black brothers in 1970s rural Indiana,
and of her later stay with one of them at a Christian reform school in the Dominican
Republic. The book takes its title from a homemade sign that Scheeres and the
brother closest to her in age and temperament, David, spot one day on a road
in the Hoosier countryside, proclaiming, "This here is: JESUS LAND." And while
religion is omnipresent both at their school and in the home of their devout parents,
the two rarely find themselves the beneficiaries of anything resembling Christian love.
One of the elements that make Scheeres's book so successful is her distanced,
uncritical tone in relaying deeply personal and clearly painful events from her life.
She powerfully renders episodes like her attempted rape at the hands of three boys,
the harsh beatings administered to David by her father and the ceaseless racial
taunting by schoolmates; her lack of perceivable malice or vindictiveness prevents
readers from feeling coerced into sympathy. The same can be said for Scheeres's
description of their Dominican school, where humiliation and physical punishment
are meant to redeem the allegedly misguided pupils. Tinged with sadness yet
pervaded by a sense of triumph, Scheeres's book is a crisply written and earnest
examination of the meaning of family and Christian values, and announces the
author as a writer to watch.
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a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
By: Cyndy Drew Etler
Alumni/Survivor Created Orgs/Groups
This site is dedicated to uncovering the complete truth about the Family Foundation School located in Hancock, NY. The Family Foundation School does not portray themselves as the horrific school that many alumni swear to. The Family Foundation School ["FFS"] convinces parents not to believe their own kids but rather convince parents through various methods that their children are manipulators, liars, and cannot be trusted. One FFS staff stated "Anything that comes out of your child's mouth is a lie". FFS staff convince parents not to believe anything their children say whle they are at the school, referencing manipulation and lies are common ways kids try to get taken out of the school and are behaviors of addicts. In reality, most kids feel a sense of abandonment from their real families because they are not believed.
Our mission is simple: end abuse at the Mormon Gulag and other similar facilities.
We want to end all forms of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse perpetrated by the Utah Boys Ranch/West Ridge “Academy”. We understand the necessity of facilities that treat youth for emotional and behavioral issues, but the abuse and potential for abuse in privately owned treatment facilities outweigh any positive effect they might have.
|Our mission is to expose abuse, civil rights violations, and fraud perpetuated through privately-owned facilities for juveniles.||FICAN is committed to improving the lives of children, especially thosechildren who are in need of a little extra help. Through outreach and advocacy, we can make a difference! We regularly meet with legislators, attend hearings, and support candidates that support a vision of hope. We have been successful in advocating for improvements in our country so we can build a better world for our children.|
|AntiWWASP is a resource for parents of struggling teens and former WWASP detainees. The World Wide Association of Specialty Programs and Schools (WWASPS or WWASP) is a Utah, United States based organization that runs programs that they claim can correct what is perceived as inappropriate behavior by children as young as 12. Parents can sign their children up for these programs at their own discretion. Juveniles can also be admitted to the facilities by court order instead of jail. No distinction is made within the programs among students admitted because of law violations and those signed up by their parents.||
Excerpt taken from website: Provo Canyon School has been torturing children and defrauding families for over 30 years. The founders of WWASP (World Wide Association of Specialty Programs and Schools) got their start at Provo Canyon School. Robert Lichfield, confirmed child torturer, began as staff at Provo Canyon School before opening his own torture camps in the US and abroad. And, Karr Farnsworth, current director of Cross Creek (a WWASP program), also got his start at Provo Canyon School.
|If you are a survivor of Hephzibah House we would love to hear from you. If you are concerned about the abuse at Hephzibah, here is what you can do. Please contact the following people and let them know that you are not comfortable with a facility like this being in operation.||
This website has been created to influence the government to investigate the death of Roberto Reyes and to close Thayer Learning Center. We intend to use it to publish stories of Thayer's acts of child abuse, negligence, and lack of concern for basic human rights.
We encourage employees, former employees, victims and their parents to let us know more about what happens behind Thayer's walls.
|Taken from Pathway Family Center Truth: "Many people have reported being harmed by the treatment they received at Pathway Family Center. There are also very many people who have reportedly been harmed by this program's predecessor, STRAIGHT INC. In addition, there are many people who have reported that they were harmed in various ways by the methods used by Kids Helping Kids (KHK), which was (or possibly is) a Pathway Family Center and affirmably a STRAIGHT INC. descendant. The history of these interrelationships will be explained further in the Pathway Origins section of this site.||The purpose of this website is two-fold: to educate the public about the REAL Straight, Inc. and to give those who survived Straight, Inc. a place to publicly document their experience in their own words.|
|This Wiki contains information about programs for people under 18, which have used abusive methods against the children detained in their program or are under investigation by the Fornits web-forum of abuse.||The FICA-Wiki is serves as the information arm of FICA|Fight Institutional Child Abuse
The purpose of this site is to educate the general public about the dangers of institutionalizing youth in American companies that claim to provide therapy services for troubled youth.
|Welcome to wwaspsinfo.net, home of all the information WWASPS wants you to ignore. History of WWASPS and facts can also be found here.|
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