OMH UPHOLDS SLS FINES
(July 5, 2008) Lo.Hud.com reports the state Office of Mental Health issued a ruling to uphold fines of $100,000 against SLS Residential, Inc, a private mental health facility that treats young adults, with violations that state inspectors found. To view this article, visit the struggling teens
JUDGE APOLOGIZES TO SLS LAWYER
(July 18, 2008) LoHud.com reported the U.S. District Judge presiding over the SLS Residential, Inc. class-action lawsuit, apologized for blasting one of the SLS attorneys for lobbying the two former patients to opt out of a multimillion dollar lawsuit against the company. To view this article, visit the struggling teens
SLS FILES SUIT
(September 15, 2008) LoHud.com reports Dr. Joseph Santoro, co-owner of SLS Residential, Inc defended his company, saying they had not been given a fair hearing by the state Office of Mental Health, in the alleged violations of laws and failure to correct them. SLS has filed a lawsuit in the state Supreme Court to reverse a ruling that puts their company in jeopardy of losing its state operating licenses. To view this article, please visit the struggling teens
JUDGE RULES IN FAVOR OF SLS
(December 8, 2008) LoHud.com, a New York news source reports a state Supreme Court judge has ruled in favor of SLS Residential, Inc, a private, mental health facility, stopping the state from taking action against SLS and cancelling $110,000 in fines levied against them. Please view this article on the struggling teens
OPENING OF GATEHOUSE IN THE WILDERNESS
(December 10, 2008) Gatehouse Academy
in Wickenburg, AZ announced the opening of its new 90 day addiction and substance abuse experiential wilderness program for teens and young adult residents. Gatehouse in the Wilderness takes place in two locations, Arizona and Canada. This program teaches how to maintain sobriety through 12 step education, therapy and participation within a natural environment. For more information contact Glenna Conway
, Business Consultant, at 888-251-9422.
OLIVERIAN FORMS ADVISORY COMMITTEE
(December 11, 2009)The Oliverian School
has formed an advisory committee to discuss the ongoing development of the school and its upcoming accreditation visit from the New England Association of Independent Schools. Committee members include: Jay Wolter; Buzz Quillen, parent of a prospective 2009 graduate; Dave Chabot, Jeanne Townsend, parent of a recent graduate; Jim McKeown (Chair); Heidi Derbyshire, parent of a recent graduate; Barclay MacKinnon, Head of Oliverian School; Carl Lovejoy, Director of Development at Kimball Union Academy; Arthur Eve and Tom Hoyt. Contact the Oliverian School, Haverhill, NV, 603-989-5100 for more information.
BOBBIE JENSEN JOINS CARE
(December 15, 2008) Bobbie Jensen
, 435-673-6111, announced she has joined Centers for Adolescent Recovery and Education (CARE) as Assistant Admissions Director. CARE Centers include Falcon Ridge Ranch and Red Rock Canyon School in Utah. Jensen exclaimed "I am excited about the growth that is occurring within our organization and [am] eager to get information out…." Jensen had previously been Admissions Director for Sunrise RTC.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN REGIONAL CONFERENCE CALL FOR PAPERS
(December 18, 2008) The 2009 Rocky Mountain Regional Conference will be held Friday, May 8, 2009, at the Grant Creek Inn in Missoula, MT. They are now accepting Call for Papers for the conference, with a deadline of February 20, 2009. Submit your proposals by mail to: Sami Butler
, Intermountain, 500 S Lamborn Street, Helena, MT, 59601. Or call 406-457-4744. Fax: 406-442-7949. Do NOT submit to the NATSAP
office as they will be completing the close of the office during the month of February.
ECHO MALIBU ADDS SEASONAL COUNSELORS
(December 20, 2008) Dr. Jeffrey Nalin
, Executive Director at Echo Malibu
, Malibu, CA, 800-780-3246, announced ECHO Malibu will have extra counselors on duty 24 hrs a day 7 days a week to provide assistance to families who may be in crisis this holiday season. Parents or youth can call and speak with a counselor free of charge.
WINGATE ACCEPTS YOUNG ADULTS
(December 22, 2008) Brad Matheson
, Director of Admissions at WinGate Wilderness Therapy
announced the opening of a Young Adult Group for young men and women ages 18 to 25. The new young adult program will focus on clinical issues and emotional challenges. For more information call Brad at 800-560-1599 or 801-376-2880.
SAGE BUTTE JOINS EAGLE SUMMIT MANAGEMENT
(December 22, 2008) Angie Fusco, Program Administrator at Eagle Summit
, Whiteside, MO, 931-729-3454 announced Deidre Sage Butte
has joined the management staff at Eagle Summit. Deidre previously worked at Three Springs Duck River in the admissions and referral relations department and Provo Canyon School in the business development department. For more information or to contact Deidre call 931-729-3454.
PANNELL AND CHECKETTS ANNOUNCE IMPACT ON FAMILIES
(December 23, 2008) Impact on Families
is a new treatment alternative for struggling teens and their families where parents are an important part of the treatment and assessment. During the intensive 7-day experience, family and individual problems are identified and are then provided a complete treatment plan. For more information on this new program, contact Janice Pannell
MUSICIAN KEVENS CELEBRATES AT SOBER COLLEGE
(December 23, 2008) Sober College
in Woodland Hills, CA was honored to have Reggae luminary Kevens pay a visit to its campus to celebrate his birthday with students and faculty. Kevens addressed the student body with a message of spirituality and hope for the New Year. For more information on Sober College, contact Annika Richards
GOLDBERG NEW AT V3
(December 30, 2008) Ken Goldberg, Attorney at Law, has been appointed to the position of Director of Operations at V3 Tucson
, Tucson, AZ. Ken has appeared on the Phil Donahue show, has been the subject of an ABC television documentary and has hosted a local radio talk show in Tucson called "Ken Goldberg's Law and Disorder." For more information please call Gale Standen, Founder of V3 at 877-838-8276.
RIGHT WAY AT 7 ARROWS AND STEP BEYOND CLOSED
(December 30, 2008) Woodbury Reports, Inc has been informed that both Right Way at 7 Arrows Academy in Woodville, FL and Step Beyond in Orem, UT have closed their operations. Although the website for Step Beyond is still online, their phone is no longer in operation. For more information, visit the struggling teens website
DRAGONFLY TRANSITIONS EXPANDS
(January 1, 2009) Mona Treadway
, Admissions and Owner of Dragonfly Transitions
, announced the expansion of both their facility and services in this coming year, which will include a community center, complete with an industrial kitchen for cooking classes and a student run café. In addition, Dragonfly has posted several job openings on the struggling teens website. For more information, contact Mona Treadway, MSW, at 541-331-3287.
HEARTLIGHT'S "GUNS, GUITARS AND GOOD FRIENDS"
(January 1, 2009) Heartlight Ministries
is holding a fund-raising event titled "Guns, Guitars and Good Friends" on April 17 and 18, 2009. The weekend events include a Friday night dinner and concert with Paul Overstreet and some of his songwriting buddies, a Silent Auction, and on Saturday, there will be a Sporting Clays Shooting event, with winners receiving guns. For more information, contact Mark Gregston
, Founder and Executive Director, at 903-668-2173 ext. 12.
TRAILS CAROLINA ACCEPTING STUDENTS
(January 2, 2009) Graham Shannonhouse, Executive Director, and Mark Oerther
, Admissions at Trails Carolina
, Lake Toxaway, NC, 888-387-2457, announced that Trails Carolina is now accepting students. The program, designed for struggling teens ages 13-17, offers equine therapy, academic credits, integrated, wrap around family curriculum and wilderness expeditions. For more information call or email Mark Oerther.
ASPIRO YOUNG ADULT PROGRAM--KAIROS
(January 2, 2009) Brian Church
, the Director of Business Development at Kairos
, Riverton, UT, 801-979-6301, announced Aspiro's Young Adult program now has its own identity, and is pleased to introduce the new name, Kairos, which was discovered by one of their young adult students. Kairos is an ancient Greek word which means "the right or opportune moment." In addition, Kairos has its own new website. For more information, contact Brian Church.
SPRING LAKE RANCH SUBJECT OF STUDY
(January 2, 2009) The Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal has published a study on therapeutic communities and mental health system reform, with Spring Lake Ranch
as one of the subjects--a working farm where staff and residents who have had previous psychiatric inpatient stays can live and work together.
TAMPA BAY ACADEMY LAYOFFS
(January 3, 2009) The St. Petersburg Times
reports Tampa Bay Academy, a residential treatment center that houses a charter school and a group home, has laid off 125 employees due to state officials revoking their licensing for "fostering an unsafe environment for patients and employees."
WILKEY JOINS IN BALANCE
(January 3, 2009) Patrick J. Barrasso
, CEO, and Owner of In Balance Inc.
, Tucson, AZ, 520-722-9631, is pleased to announce Don Wilkey has joined the clinical team at In Balance Ranch. Don has a Masters in Counseling and has over 20 years experience, specifically in the field of working with adolescents. For more information contact In Balance.
NEW THERAPIST JOINS GREENBRIER ACADEMY
(January 5, 2009) Greenbrier Academy
in Pence Springs, WV, announced the addition of Chantal Desloges to their clinical department. Chantal, MA in Counseling Psychology from the University of San Francisco, has worked in wilderness/adventure therapy and in both private and school settings. For more information, contact Beth Ragland
HORSE SENSE WINTER SPECIAL
(January 5, 2009) Shannon Knapp
, Horse Sense
of the Carolinas, Inc, 828-683-7304, announced they are offering a "Winter Special" through February 2009. Participating businesses that make a 50% deposit prior to February 28 will receive 15% off the entire cost of their organization's training program. Using Equine Interactive Learning (EIL), Horse Sense's team building and leadership development programs can increase productivity, assist teams in identifying obstacles and create an opportunity to model new patterns of cooperation, communication, and leadership. All sessions take place on the ground with no horses being mounted by participants. For more information, contact Shannon Knapp.
ELAN STUDENT SURVEY
(January 5, 2009) Students at Elan School in Poland, ME, participated in a school wide survey on the things they liked and disliked at the school and why. To view this survey in its entirety, visit the struggling teens
website. For more information, contact Connie Kimball, Admissions, at 207-998-4666.
LANDMARK BRIDGE SEMESTER PROGRAM
(January 5, 2009) Ben Mitchell
, Director of Admissions at Landmark College
, Putney, VT, 802-387-6718, announced classes will start January 27 for Landmark's Bridge Semester Program. The Bridge Semester delivers college-level instruction, advising and co-curricular activity in an environment tailored for students with Executive Function difficulties. For more information, contact Ben Mitchell.
BROWNSTEIN NATSAP'S NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
(January 5, 2009) The National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs
(NATSAP) is pleased to announce the selection of Clifford Brownstein as its new Executive Director. Cliff has served as President and on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Association Management Companies (IAAMC). He is also a member of the American Society of Association Executives. More news from NATSAP includes the NATSAP office will relocate from Prescott, AZ, to the Washington, DC, area in late February 2009. For more information, contact Craig LaMont at 801-426-8800.
WILDERNESS FIRST RESPONDER COURSES
(January 5, 2009) Idaho Educational Services
(Ascent, Northwest Academy and Boulder Creek Academy
) is hosting an "80 Hour Wilderness First Responder (WFR) Course" January 31- February 4, 2009, Cost: $550.00. Also offered is "24 Hour Open Recertification WFR Course" February 6-8, 2009, Cost: $200.00. Registration Deadline is January 21, 2009; from 9:00 am- 5:00 pm each day at Boulder Creek Academy, 378 Emerson Lane, Bonners Ferry, ID. For more information, contact Tai Komanec at 208-267-1210, ext. 2132.
GLENHOLME ANNOUNCES SUMMER SESSIONS
(January 5, 2008) Daniel J. Tuttle
, Marketing Director for The Glenholme School
, Washington, CT, 860-868-7377, ext. 217, announced Glenholme is accepting applications for the 2009 Summer Sessions: Session I June 25 - July 27 $10,395; Session II July 28 - August 29 $10,395 and Full Summer June 25 -August 29 $18,710. Program offerings include: English Literacy Development (ELD); Cultural Immersion through social events and activities, and Academics and Camp.
LETTER TO ALLDREDGE
(January 5, 2009) There is a letter by former staff on the recent closure of Alldredge Academy on December 31, 2008. To view this in its entirety, visit the struggling teens
website in the Letters to the editor section.
NEW HAVEN'S LAIRD, ENGLER AND JENSEN HONORED
(January 6, 2009) Three of New Haven's executives: Laurie Laird, MEd, New Haven's Education Director; Sarah Engler, LCSW, InnerChange
's Director of Aftercare and Transition Services, and Kristie Jensen, New Haven's Marketing Director, were honored as prominent Utah businesswomen in the "Winter 2008" edition of the Utah Valley Business Quarterly magazine. Contact Ari Terry
, Admissions and Marketing at 214-272-6882 for more information.
HILLSTEAD LEADS WILDERNESS RENEWAL AT DISCOVERY ACADEMY
(January 6, 2009) Discovery Academy
in Provo, UT, announced the addition of Dr. David Hillstead to its staff. He will lead Wilderness Renewal therapy groups. These groups will help students who have graduated from wilderness programs to build on that momentum during their stay at the Academy. Dr. Hillstead is a marriage and family therapist. He formerly practiced at Second Nature and Aspen Achievement. For more information, contact Steve Nadauld
CORAL REEF DISCOUNTS TUITION
(January 7, 2009) Bryan Marks
, Admissions team at Coral Reef Academy
, Western Samoa, has announced Coral Reef Academy will extend a 30% discounted tuition rate to clients from January 1, 2009 until March 31, 2009, as an effort to create an affordable treatment option due to the tightening economy. For more information, contact Admissions at the Nevada administrative offices, 702-233-0444.
PINNACLE SCHOOLS GRADUATION
(January 8, 2009) Alexa Nuessle
, Marketing for The Pinnacle Schools
, Huntsville, AL, 256-518-9998, announced family, friends, faculty and staff gathered for the commencement ceremony for two graduates who received their high school diplomas. The graduation was held in The Pinnacle Schools' brand new 2,800 square foot learning center. Both students will start their first semester of college with academic scholarships
GRAND RIVER ACADEMY UPDATE
(January 8, 2009) Grand River Academy
in Austinburg, OH, announced it currently has students from 25 states and over 6 countries. In addition, the student population has 35 boys who have graduated from wilderness and therapeutic schools and programs. For more information, contact Tom O'Neal
, Development Officer, by phone, 440-275-2811, or email.
SCHOLARSHIPS AT COOPERRIIS
(January 8, 2009) Virgil Stucker
, Executive Director at CooperRiis
, Mill Spring, NC, wanted to make everyone aware of the scholarships available at CooperRiis. Some of the details are that each family must pay for the first two months of residency for their family member at their main campus, which is $9800 per month; every family may seek a scholarship or a rate reduction as of the third month by submitting a one-page form with financial information. The CFO and Executive Director set the rate according to what the family can afford. In addition, scholarships may run for up to 18 months; with 6 months at the main campus and 6 months at each of their two step down programs which can follow. For more information, contact Virgil Stucker at 828-899-4673.
INTERVIEW WITH OXBOW ACADEMY ON PORNOGRAPHY
(January 9, 2009) A KCPW newscaster visited Oxbow Academy, a private residential treatment center that is exclusive to teenage boys with sexual behavior problems and interviewed residents to learn how sexual curiosity turns into an addiction. To view this interview in its entirety, visit the struggling teens
CONDOLENCES TO KAY DAVISON
(January 13, 2009) Al Davison, husband of IECA member Kay Davison, passed away in his sleep January 12, 2009. Though he had been experiencing some health problems for the last few years, his passing was sudden and unexpected. Kay requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to the IECA Foundation. Kay's address is 19 N Vista De la Luna, Laguna Beach, CA. 92651. We here at Woodbury Reports wish to send Kay our prayers and condolences.
TODD CORELLI VISITS WOODBURY REPORTS
(January 13, 2009) Todd Corelli, PhD from Kaysville, UT, was in North Idaho visiting some programs and stopped by the Woodbury Reports office for a visit. Todd had previously worked with adolescents at Second Nature.
NEW HAVEN RECEIVES A+ RATING FROM BBB
(January 14, 2009) New Haven
, Provo, UT has been awarded an A+ rating by the Better Business Bureau. And it has been noted that New Haven has had zero complaints since it joined the BBB in September 2007. For more information on New Haven, contact Ari Terry
, Admissions at 801-794-1218.
CIVIL SUIT REFILED AGAINST LOVE DEMONSTRATED MINISTRIES PASTOR
(January 14, 2009) The San Antonio Express News
reports a civil suit against Pastor Charles E. Flowers from the Love Demonstrated Ministries, a Christian boot camp, was filed by the mother of the 15 year old girl who accused Flowers of dragging her behind a van while attending the boot camp. A previous mistrial was declared when jurors couldn't reach a decision in an earlier criminal trial.
NEW ADDITIONS ENHANCE SUNHAWK ACADEMY
(January 14, 2009) Jeff Johnson
, Director of Admissions at SunHawk Academy
, 888-214-3878, announced the completion of a new student computer lab and enhancements to the activities field at SunHawk Academy. The student computer lab is equipped with 15 new "state-of-the-art" computers. Students have daily access to the lab and are able to utilize the computers for school work and research. The new field additions include a basketball court, a sand volleyball pit and a 1/5 mile oval running track. The field is three acres and also has a ropes course.
BROWN AND JENKINS JOIN STONE MOUNTAIN SCHOOL
(January 16, 2009) Susan Hardy, Executive Director at Stone Mountain School, Black Mountain, NC, 828-669-8639 announced the addition of two new therapists at Stone Mountain: Gretchen Brown
, MS, P-LCSW and Sally Jenkins
, MS, LCAS. Gretchen was previously the Field Supervisor for SUWS of the Carolinas and Sally was the Clinical Director at Phoenix Outdoor.
BENCHMARK'S VALENZUELA EARNS CATC
(January 16, 2009) Benchmark Young Adult School
in Redlands, CA announced Primary Life Coach, E. Michael Valenzuela, III, has achieved his Certified Addictions Treatment Counselor (CATC) credentials through the California Association for Alcohol/Drug Educators (CAADE). In addition, Michael will pilot Benchmark's enhanced 12-Step curriculum, which has recently implemented the Matrix Model, an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) treatment for addicts. Michael joined Benchmark in 2005. For more information, contact Benchmark at 800-474-4848.
MATRIX MODEL TO ENHANCE BENCHMARK
(January 16, 2009) Jayne Longnecker-Harper, owner and CEO of Benchmark Young Adult School
Redlands, CA, announced the implementation of the Benchmark Recovery program featuring the Matrix Model, an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) which is an evidence-based treatment program for addicts, in addition to their 12-Step component. For more information, contact Benchmark at 800-474-4848.
WOODBURY REPORTS 4TH ANNUAL NORTHWEST GET TOGETHER
(January 16, 2009) Woodbury Reports, Inc.
has announced May 15, 2009, will be the date of the 4th Annual Northwest Get Together. This event will be held at The Naples Inn, Naples, ID. This year's event will be informative, interactive and fun, making it an outstanding time to come and spend the day reconnecting with old friends and colleagues, meeting new faces and creating new friendships. For more information and registration request, please contact Laura Morton
at 208-267-5550 or by email.
BRAINWARE SAFARI WINS AWARD
(January 16, 2009) Learning Enhancement Corporation
announced that its flagship program,: BrainWare Safari, is a winner of a 2009 Teachers' Choice for the Family Award, for quality and outstanding performance in the classroom and at home. Winners are determined by a panel of teachers who use the products in their classrooms and homes. For more information contact Betsy Hill
at 312-239-2677 or by email.
ASPEN ANNOUNCES REORGANIZATION
(January 16, 2008) Aspen Education Group
has announced the reorganization of its divisions to create a tighter continuum of care and a stronger clinical delivery. The new divisions are divided geographically into Eastern and Western United States. The Western Division comprised of 17 schools and programs will be overseen by Mark Dorenfeld, Senior Vice President of Operations. Mark has been with Aspen for 12 years. Jim Dredge will serve as acting Vice President for the Eastern Division, which is comprised of 12 schools, programs and camps. Aspen is a member of CRC Health Group. For more information, contact Kristen Hayes
, Communications Director at 949-589-1765.
MOUNTAIN MEADOW YOUTH RANCH-NEW NAME/NEW TOWN
(January 20, 2009) 20 Peaks residential program has moved from Trout Creek, MT, to 60 acres of ranch country adjacent to National Forest lands located near White Pine, MT. 20 Peaks Ranch, owned and operated by Joe and Marilyn Frields, is a group home for at-risk boys, ages 13-17, and has been in operation for 12 years. The program is building a new facility, has a new website and has adopted a new name, Mountain Meadow Youth Ranch
, to celebrate its new location. For more information, contact Paul Clark
(January 2009) Kristie Henley, Assistant Director of Woodbury Reports, Inc. (daughter of Lon and Denise Woodbury) and Ron Campbell, IT Specialist for Woodbury Reports, were married January 24, 2009.