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Posted February 25, 2005 

Positive Impact Closes:

February 25, 2005

Dear Positive Impact Parents,

Over the last six years, Positive Impact has provided one of the most unique and creative therapeutic programs for adolescent boys and their families. PI has served nearly 500 young men. We have seen so many of these families grow together and overcome overwhelming obstacles creating long-term change. Many of these young men and families remain in contact today and share their continued growth with us. We are proud of them and feel honored to be a part of their journey.

While Positive Impact's therapeutic program continues to thrive, the business in Mexico itself has suffered some devastating blows. Beginning with the fears of traveling and living abroad in a post 9/11 world; continued warnings from the US State Department against Americans traveling in Mexico; the recruiting and maintaining of qualified professional staff and the recent closing of multiple American-based programs throughout Mexico since September 2004. All these factors and more have lead to major difficulties in effectively marketing our American-based clinical program in Mexico.

We have made every possible effort to continue our outstanding work with families and young men. These efforts included the downsizing of the number of beds and the consolidation of milieus in November 2004. However, despite these efforts and our "never give up" attitude, the time has come that we can no longer provide services at the level we have in the past.

We are setting a closing date for no later than March 11, 2005. It is our belief that this will allow for enough time for transition and planning for those residents who need to be placed into other treatment facilities. We encourage you to contact your educational consultant to assist with this planning. PI staff will also be available to assist with this transition through consultation and recommendations for you and your educational consultant.

Please know that we understand the great hardship that this closing causes everyone involved, including residents, families and staff. Please accept our heartfelt apologies. We have exhausted every creative solution and business decision to prevent this from happening. We are greatly saddened by this event.

Additionally, we will be canceling the March Family Retreats. We feel that this time would be best used for the planning and transitioning of your son.

Your son will be notified of the closing today, Friday February 25, 2005 at 1:30pm MST. Educational consultants and other professionals are being notified on this day as well.

Our hearts are full of gratitude to you for trusting us with your most valuable treasures.

We have also been honored to have served and loved the people of Bahia de Kino. We will miss them greatly.


J. John Andersen, M.S.
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Keith M. Breiland, M.D.
Board Certified Child and Adolescent

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