The Wolston Park Hospital located in Queensland housed mentally ill between the 1950’s and 1980’s. Reports in local media mention the children were exposed to repeated rapes, sexual assaults – by both staff and adult patients – torture, chemical restraints, cigarette burns, fear, isolation and degrading humiliation.
Today it is known as The Park Centre for Mental Health – hopefully it is managed in a different way.
It is safe to state that it could not have been fun to be there as a child.
- Harrowing stories of rape, chemical restraints and humiliation (Brisbane Times)
- Mental asylum mass exhumations and missing remains: the tale of Wolston Park’s lost and forgotten patients. (The Bottom Drawer Book)
- Wolston Park victim: ‘I got them to believe I wasn’t mad’ (The Queensland Times)
The Devereux organization established their Texas department in 1959 and it is one out of many departments across the United States.
Searching on the facility articles speak of possible sexual attack on children and riots. An article points out that the management was not observant enough setting up guidelines which could have prevented these incidents.
Feedback from former patients on Google is not that positive
I use to live here. They played favoritism. When it was time for prom they told us if you walk out of school or anywhere else you will not attend prom but that was a lie. The counselors never cared. Never listened to you. I cant wait to show up one day to surprise everyone. Cause this place needs to be shut down. After me and another client left me and her still talked i told her i was pregant and told me someone from Devereux could take care of my baby. Umm what? The baby would have a better life. I miscarried. But for staff to still be connected with residents is a little disturbing. This place is not worth it. Dont come here EVER!Stephanie Rodriguez
Horrible communication good luck getting any information after spending 3 days calling leaving messages and never getting a callback I tried the number my insurance company provided and spoke to a super rude disgruntled employee who informed me they were long term not short term(1-2months inpatient) facility which is NOT clearly stated on their website. If the initial intake is this incompetent I can’t imagine how services could bemonique mcgillen
It does not sound like a fun place to be as a teenager.
- Mental health worker faces slew of charges after being accused of sexually assaulting 4 children (Click 2 Houston)
- 9 arrested at Devereux Advanced Behavior Health facility (RC News Chant)
- At the nation’s leading behavioral health nonprofit for youth, Devereux staff abused children in their care for years — while red flags were dismissed. (The Philadelphia Inquirer, LLC)
- Mother of teen with autism demanding answers from facility he went missing from and Phoenix PD (ABC 15 Arizona)
- Valley mother asks for community’s help to find missing teen with autism (ABC 15 Arizona)
- DOZENS OF CHILDREN REPORT SEXUAL ABUSE AT DEVEREUX ADVANCED BEHAVIORAL HEALTH (Cohen & Malad, LLP)
- New lawsuit alleges Devereux failed to protect at least six children from abuse (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
- Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Staff Sexual Abuses Class Action Lawsuit (Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP)
Desert Hills located in Albuquerque, New Mexico closed in 2019. Various lawsuits mention Acadia Healthcare as owner. Drugs were used on the children and not to heal them but to control their temper.
Lawsuits also mention various forms of abuse including sexual abuse.
It could not have been fun to be there as a child.
Reviews left on Rehab.com mention:
i was a patient in 2014 for 4 months. i was sent there because i had just been removed from a home where i was abused for 4 years. i was starved, brainwashed, emotionally abused, & upon many other things. i don’t remember alot after what happened because i blocked it out, but i have vivid memories of my treatment here. i remember almost all the ppl i was grouped w & the staff. i was in the aspen branch i believe in the girls unit. i don’t remember being treated poorly, except for the other patients who would physically harm me, but their behavior was punished so i didnt mind. this place holds so many memories for me & this is the only i really felt like i could reach out, because they apparently closed april 1st.
A few years ago i was a patient in this facility. I am 15 years old now and was 12 when I left. I hated the place. Some of the staff were helpful but most (like 95 percent of the staff) didn’t take their job seriously and would literally look at their phones most of the time. Even though a lot of new and great staff came in every day, the kids would pick and choose the staff by making them quit by either physical or emotional means. This made it so the whole facility was under staffed and in utter chaos. I stayed here for a long time because it was so stressful my priority was staying safe and not getting out by behaving. If you tried to behave the kids that were the worst would be happy to push you past your breaking point and then do whatever you could to get out of the unit. Also, the “ring-leaders” of the unit would scare the staff so much that the staff would give them good marks on their check board saying that “they did great today” even if they didn’t.
It could not have been fun to be there as a child.
- Lawsuit: Desert Hills staff used ‘booty juice’ to control children (KOB 4 news)
- Multiple lawsuits claim physical and sexual abuse at Desert Hills, Acadia Healthcare (KOB 4 news)
- Agency moves to shut down ‘archaic’ facility, attitudes (Santa Fe – New Mexican)
- Problems with child welfare services persist after closure of troubled facility (Santa Fe – New Mexican)
In 2021 people gathered to protest against Solstice East – a residential treatment center located in Weaverville, North Carolina. Since 2020 there have been a lot of focus on the long-term consequences of having been placed in a restricted hospital setting while underaged. An article speak of extensive use of isolation rooms.
A report from 2020 made by the North Carolina Division of Health Service Regulation was very critical of the facility. The facility was given a number of issues, they should work on.
If a facility does not comply with state standards it means that it does not sound like fun to be there as a teenager.
- Survivors Protest to Shut Down Solstice East Troubled Teen Facility Following Release of Disturbing Child Abuse Investigation Report (Reddit TroubledTeen awareness group)
- How a stay at Solstice East RTC felt – by “couchland_prevails” (When Far from Home – victim testimonial blog)
- The Truth About Solstice East / West (Reddit TroubledTeen awareness group)
- You’d hear girls screaming, crying.’ Former clients, state allege abuses at Solstice East (Citizen Times)
The Cité de st-jean-de-dieu insane asylum earlier known as the Longue Pointe Lunatic Asylum was one of facilities that housed the so-called Duplessis Orphans in Canada. Under the rule of Maurice Duplessis the government sought to save money on the social welfare budget and got the Roman Catolic Church to run asylums. The children who ended up there were sent for a number of reasons but basically because they could be warehoused cheap until they became adults.
It would require more than one post to describe the ordeal the children went through but there were examples of use of lobotomies, electroshock and straitjackets. As when the church is involved there were also examples of abuse, sometime physical.
It could not have been fun to be there as a child
- Montreal horror: inside a highly-secretive mental institution (Coolopolis Montreal alles the uber)
- Longue Pointe Asylum
- Duplessis orphans call for exhumations: Aim to show children were experimented upon (Hidden from History: The Canadian Holocaust)
- Duplessis Orphans
2020 it was revealed to the public that the facility which is a youth asylum marketing some kind of unproven treatment methods had a large number of persons suffering from Covid-19. The nature of the facility properly did not allow the students to be separated from each other and there are no reports that the facility tried to alter the grouping of students to prevent the virus from spreading for start serving individual meals in small groups for the same reason.
More than 80 students were tested positive for the virus and a large number of employees also. This shows that if a facility is unable to group students in isolated groups no bigger than 8 students while still maintaining a minimum distance of at least 1 meter between each person, they should not be operating. They should shut down.
As Covid-19 is a dangerous and deadly illness, some of the students are at risk of dying.
The facility had hoped to keep the outbreak a secret until they were ready to deliver the caskets with dead girls back to the families according to ABC news.
In 2017 3 girls ran from the facility. They were later recovered. Relatives of one of the missing girls wrote on Google Maps
mitchell llamas:I do not recommend this place!We send my little 14 year old sister and SHE RAN AWAY and they didn’t look for her now she’s missing and me and my family don’t know anything about her…
The girls were later located by the authorities.
It cannot be fun to be there as a student.
- 84 students, 20 staff test positive at Mingus Mountain Academy (The Daily Courier)
- Coronavirus outbreak escalates at Mingus Mountain Academy (The Verde Valley Independent and Camp Verde Bugle)
- Emails show attorneys asked to keep quiet on Mingus Mountain COVID-19 outbreak (ABC 15)
- 3 teens reported as runaways from facility in Yavapai County (AP News)
Lancaster Lodge which is charity-run seems to have taken in young people with illnesses, they were not able to deal with due to lack of qualifications. An article speaks of a death and an attempted suicide.
Just because you are able to treat one kind of illnees, there are no promise that you can deal with the all. You need special trained adults for the various forms of mental illnesses that exist. Ignoring this brings the lives of the teenagers in danger.
It could have been fun to be there as a teenager, when you cannot get the specialized treatment you need.
Newport News Behavioral Health became known to the general public when a teenager died there in 2018. An investigation is ongoing to determine whether the death was caused by neglect.
It seems that the center is run putting profit before care
One parent wrote:
Literally THE WORST!!! From the beginning, to the end!! My child was checked in Tuesday night, I call on Wednesday afternoon to check on her and they’re unable to tell me anything “because they haven’t seen her yet”. Really?? She’s been there over 12 hours and no one has seen her?? Hmmm. THEN I GO to the facility on Friday and ask to talk to the counselor. She comes out looking clueless. She literally asked why I was there and what I wanted to know from her. Really??! I responded with “you’re the counselor??? I would think it would be a STANDARD question of parents asking how their children are.” How is she adjusting? How is she feeling?
Every time I called during the week she was there chaos greeted my calls. No one has a clue and apparently “so busy”. BTW… my daughter told me they only had SIX patients. Really??!!! Busy?? Ok.
Then to top it off out processing was just as bad. Some random lady who hadn’t even worked my daughters case greeted me, had me sign papers and rushed me out the door. She was unable to answer any of my questions regarding her care. I asked her at that time for a doctors note stating my daughter would be able to return to work.
It is now a week later, no letter. I called ALL DAY today (about 8 times… just randomly sent to different ppl, or no answer at all) I was told first thing this morning that I would receive the letter. It’s 4:30 pm… no letter. I call AGAIN. I eventually get ahold of a Ms Lisa who informs me that she was the one i spoke with in the morning, and *surprise* “she’s so busy and was going to send me the email at the end of the day.” Is 4:30 not the end of the day? Do you need to be RUDE in your delivery?
I was told “ignore the reviews! Only negative ppl leave reviews and no one ever leave their good experiences!” But I am telling you.. this is the least professional, unorganized group of individuals I have ever seen!! DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILDREN HERE if you’re truly wanting them to get help! (One more thing… my daughter told me they were only kept busy roughly 2 1/2 a day… the rest of the time they’re alone or watching TV) Terrible TERRIBLE terrible all around!!!!
It cannot be a fun place to be as a a teenager.
Shiloh Treatment Center is a treatment center which provides special education for a number of school districts in Texas.
Over the years there have been a number of causes causing concern.
- a teenager died while trying to escape the treatment center
- a male employee had sex with a 15 year old girl
- teenagers were forcibly injected with psychiatric drugs
It cannot be a fun place to be as a teenager.
A 15 year old boy died after he was restrained by the employees. Even when the court in the end came to the result that one of the employees was innocent of his death, it does not change the fact, that every restraint include the risk of taking the life of the child. Despite the trial the facility did not change its ways. A girl later needed treatment as result of her interactions with the employees.
A facility where the focus is on use of power instead of counseling is not fun to be at as a teenager.