Aspen has announced plans to discontinue operations at five locations.
The programs to be closed include Bromley Brook School (Manchester Center, VT), New Leaf Academy of Oregon, NorthStar Center (Bend, OR), Aspen Ranch (Loa, UT) and SunHawk Adolescent Recovery Center (St. George, UT). Read more
According to an article in the Manchester Journal:
Phil Herschman, president of the Aspen Education Group, said the company's board of directors recently approved the consolidation plans. The shift reflects the declining demand for therapeutic schools and programs, according to Herschman. "It's purely the economics of the times that has really created a really reduced demand for these services," he said. "The decline started in probably the end of 2007 ... and has gone down steadily since then," he said."
ASPEN blames economics, but this article fails to mention that the Congressional Hearings on the death and abuse of youth in therapeutic boarding school also occurred in Oct 2007 and was followed by another set of hearings in April 2008. Isn't is at all possible the closure of two ASPEN programs, Mount Bachelor Academy (for abuse as therapy model of intervention) and SageWalk wilderness camp ( which the sheriff recommended the death of a youth, Sergey Blashchishen, be identified as a homicide) could have influenced parents decision? Economics or educated consumer?
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