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New Perspectives - Dec, 1991 Issue 

Tahoe Turning Point
(916) 542-1200
South Lake Tahoe, CA.
Al Bonadonna, Director, Heavenly Home

Tahoe Turning Point consists of two group homes for teenage boys, licensed as group homes by the state of California for up to six at each of the homes. Most of the youths are placed by county probation officers, although there are some private placements. The staff/resident ratio is one to three, and they reject juveniles with severe mental retardation, extremely bizarre behavior, needing restraint, or numerous felony convictions of theft or physical assault.

Al Bonadonna's favorite story is of a boy placed with them with a thick hospital file chronicling his episodes of psychotic breaks, hallucinations, and breaks with reality, part of which was worship sessions of a God unknown to the therapists. When Al accused the boy of acting out the stories of Conan the Barbarian comic books, the boy smiled mischievously and dropped the charade.

Copyright 1991, Woodbury Reports, Inc. (This article may be reproduced without prior approval if the copyright notice and proper publication and author attribution accompanies the copy.)

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