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
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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