583. New Vision Wilderness Therapy
The New Vision Wilderness Therapy program seems to take every teenager in regardless of what the problem is. In a case descriped in the US Observer, a boy ended up in the program because his parents went through a divorce. The judge handling the case punished the boy because his parents could not agree on visitation. The boy did not commit any crime but Judge Judge Gerking decided to confine the boy as result of his parents problems. About 90 days where the boy was denied contact with parents, extended family, school and friends.
To make matter worse the wilderness program did not commit the boy to a local hospital for treatment when the boy experienced health problems. Why the authorities allow treatment in the field conducted by biased doctors or medical staff is very unclear. In 2009 a boy died in the very same area in another wilderness program operating in the exact same way as New Vision Wilderness Therapy. The authorities should have made more clear rules which allow teenagers in such program access to independent treatment in hospitals if they experience health issues while they are out in the wilderness.
Pure luck prevented tragedy in this case. In other news it can be read that the firm seems to be very critical against the trans-gender community.
It cannot be fun to be there as a teenager.
- Thirteen-Year-Old Incarcerated Without Committing a Crime (US Observer)
- Did Carla Hegler Ravage Her Family, Leaving Children in Peril? With Reports of Neglect, Substance Abuse, DUI Arrest, Physical Abuse & Divorce it Appears So… (US Observer)
- Transgender applicant files complaint against Bend’s New Vision Wilderness (Bend Bulletin)