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.
The heritage of Hannah Neil is located in the state of Ohio. A report shows a number of issues at this facility which serves children down to the age of 5.
Some of the issues are about the poor standards of the building. Some are related to the actions of the employees like:
- Staff lifting a child off the ground, flipping him into an upside-down position, and walking off camera with the child in an upside-down position. The staff holds onto the child’s chest and legs, while the child’s head is near the staff’s knees. The child’s inability to move qualifies this action as an unapproved restraint. This action is not therapeutic and is indicative of a traumatic abusive incident;
- Staff lifting a child off the ground by the child’s shorts and shirt and throwing the child through the air into the child’s room;
- Staff allowing children to hit, kick and hold down other children without immediate intervention or implementing de-escalation techniques. At times, staff seems to be encouraging the behavior.
- Staff putting child into a chokehold;
- Staff pushing children to the floor;
- Staff kicking a child while the child is in a restraint;
- Staff holding child’s own hands against child’s neck with force during a restraint;
- Staff grabbing children by their arms, legs, clothing and dragging them out of the room (noticeably, out of the video camera range);
- Staff kicking open a child’s bedroom door.
Needless to say that it cannot be fun to be there as a child.
- REPORT: Persistent Problems at Hannah Neil (Disability Rights Ohio)
- Children Discharged From Columbus Treatment Center After Abuse Investigation (WOSU Radio)
The Aston Hall psychiatric hospital operated from around 1930 to 1993. Recently investigation did show that the employees conducted experiments on the children and adults at the hospital. Rape seemed also to have taken place.
It could not have been fun to be there as patient.
Remuda Ranch is a private owned asylum for people suffering from eating disorders. Sadly it seems that they use “one-strategy-fits-all” leaving some not having been met considering their needs.
Some former patietns wrote on Yelp
In August 2015, my daughter arrived at Remuda Ranch’s inpatient program after spending almost a month at Denver ACUTE. She was very motivated to continue the great work she had done at Denver. She definitely wanted help. Unfortunately, Remuda mishandled her case and lost her trust so that the whole two month experience was a disaster. I would not recommend Remuda Ranch’s inpatient program to anyone.
I came to remuda ranch wednesday November 25th, 2016. I would not recommend this place to anyone. They were understaffed for one. And also the food was TERRIBLE. When you are first entering treatment and refeeding its scary while doing that you need to eat food that at least tastes okay. The food was from a place 10 minutes away, and it was not good. Often dry and not warm. They also wouldn’t allow us to heat up our food. You only has 30 mins to finish a meals and 15 for snacks. I didn’t talk to any of the doctors until i was there for almost 2 days! I should have seen every staff member i would have been working with day one. There are only 2 therapist there and 12 girls. They need more because i was expecting to see my therapist 2-3 times a week i saw him 1 time in the 8 days i stayed. They also don’t have any “down time” we weren’t allowed in our rooms at all until night time. Which i found really frustrating i had a headache and i couldn’t even lay down. Everything they say on their website is ONLY for the php and iop programs you don’t do anything they say on that site until you get there. Also i saw the horse one time the whole time i was there because unless you are on level green you are not allowed to work with the horses at all, and that was unfair. They have MAJOR restrictions at this place when it comes to the horses. Overall i didn’t even end up staying because i felt SO neglected as a patient. Some of the other girls felt the same way as i did. I cried buckets of relief the second i left. If you are recovering from an eating disorder i strongly strongly suggest that you go else where.
This place said they treated more than just anorexia and bulimia. Lies. No matter what disorder you have, they’ll treat you like youre anorexic and need to be shoved with food constantly. I went here in March 2015 on my own free will because I was desperate for help. They were completely disorganized, didn’t give one fuck about actually helping you. It was all superficial bullshit. “You can be fat and happy” , feeding poor girls who just wanted to be their idea of perfect about 3000 calories a day. 6 meals a day. 3 of which they called “snacks” but were the size of meals. And every thursday you went out to eat (pizza, burgers, mexican, etc) and still had to eat 5 other meals, which no normal person does. They lie to your parents. Ugh, just so many things wrong with this place. I realized they werent helping me and never were going to a week in. They forced me to stay 2 whole months, when I signed up for it myself (though I was a minor, age 17, so they could keep me there legally as long as they wanted) I sort of erased my memory of the place for a long time.. but have been thinking about it recently, which is why I decided to write this jumbled mess of a review.
It does not sound like a fun place to be as a teenager.