Davis, West Virginia
Alldredge To Join Solacium Group
L Jay Mitchell
September 28, 2006
Dear Friends of Alldredge Academy:
We have several important announcements to make. As Alldredge
completes almost a decade of service to youth and families, we
thank you for helping make our successes possible. We have
evolved into the most complete, effective and sophisticated short-term
program for adolescents in the United States. Our combination
of mountain search and rescue, "rite of passage" village,
and academic boarding school has created a therapeutic milieu that
generates outcomes in 3 months that other programs hope for in
a year. We want to keep you updated on our evolution.
- Alldredge has successfully graduated over 1,000 students from
the 3-month Semester Back program.
- Alldredge has over 150 high school graduates receiving their
diplomas from Alldredge.
- Of the 12 nationally certified search and rescue experts in
the state of West Virginia, five work for Alldredge.
- We have helped write legislative drafts of rules and regulations
for the state of West Virginia to manage short-term therapeutic
programs, and these drafts have essentially been implemented
and passed into law by the legislature.
- Alumni of Alldredge have independently formed a nonprofit corporation,
Alldredge Family Foundation, www.alldredgefamilyfoundation.org,
to serve the families of Alldredge graduates as well as families
seeking placement of their children in need or crisis.
Additionally, Alldredge has from its beginning searched for ways
to expand the usefulness of its unique relational model beyond
the borders of Alldredge; we have found a most excellent path. Alldredge
will become a member of the Solacium group, which was recently
formed to raise the bar of service and safety within the adolescent
care profession. Alldredge has been owned by the Mitchell
family who will continue to own an interest in Alldredge through
their equity interest in Solacium. Val Christensen, an equity
partner in Solacium, has extensive experience in the health care
industry and will be the CEO while L. Jay Mitchell, founder of
Alldredge and co-founder of the SUWS Adolescent Program, will be
responsible for program development and implementation.
CIC Partners LP, a Dallas entity with equity ownership in Solacium,
will provide additional leadership and financial strength. Solacium
will develop new programs and seek out other programs who share
common values and a desire for higher levels of excellence. In
this manner, we hope to raise the bar for the profession. Another
noted program that is part of the Solacium group is New Haven,
a residential treatment center for girls. Agreements between
the parties should be completed within a few short weeks.
Alldredge will continue its operation with essentially the same
program and personnel with one exception. Angie Senic, who
has been the CEO/Director at Alldredge, has made the difficult
decision to leave the Alldredge family. She is planning to
stay in the industry, and is currently considering a position with
another company. Alldredge will miss her, and we thank her
for the progress and growth we enjoyed under her stewardship.
Jim Browning will be our new CEO/Director. He has been the
Assistant Executive Director, for the Alldredge Academy, and has
served as Director of the Mountain Search and Rescue Program, and
Director of the "Rite of Passage" Village. He
has over 20 years of wilderness therapy experience, and has been
with us for over 7 years. Jim knows the program, the program
model and the staff thoroughly. We are excited that he has
taken this position and look forward to his leadership in moving
Alldredge forward. He is known for his work with students,
compassion, attention to detail, follow through, competency and
intelligence. We invite you to meet him personally if you
have not done so already.
We are proud of our past and excited about our future. We
again express our appreciation for your support and trust. We
are working hard at Alldredge to be a significant difference maker. We
are fortunate to associate and collaborate with Solacium. Please
contact us if you have any questions.
L Jay Mitchell