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807. VisionQuest Arizona

Visionquest has been arround for some time and they are mentioned several times in this blog. Now their Arizona department are under investigation after they used the police force which do not have special trained officers to handle their patients – among them many with disabilities.

When we are talking a quadruple amputee most will assume that it will take specially trained personel to handle such a person. However if teenagers become disruptive, they use public tax-paid police officers who do not have this special training to handle their patients. It can only turn wrong for so many reasons and it did in this case where a teenager was bodyslammed by a police officer.

The authorities must look into how this facility is licensed. It cannot be the case that public money should be used for tasks which should have been handled by the employees.

Until a closer look into how this group home is handled, it is safe to say that it cannot be fun to be there as a teenager.

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806. Tyler special needs home

Tyler special needs home located in Texas has been put into the media after 2 employees were arrested charged for alleged abuse of teen with autism.

Special needs means that the employees should be educated into the complex nature of the illnesses the children in such places suffers from. Dealing with a child with autism requires a structure. Structure is not equal constant punishment. Structure means that it is the employee which should do their work in a consistant manner so the child knows what to expect in a certain situation.

I hope the group home will replace cheap labor with trained employees. Until that happens it cannot be fun to be there as a child.

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805. Center of Progressive Strides

Center of Progressive Strides located in North Carolina closed after one of the employees were arrested and charged for alleged sexual assault. Investigation into the past brought forward charges of statutory sex offense, sexual battery and two counts of indecent liberties. The group home was shut down.

As result of the investigation the police chief stepped down as he was co-owner of the facility under investigation. How such thing could pass under his watch is strange. However the arrested employee worked as policeman so perhaps it is the reason that the alleged abuse could have taken place over some time.

Anyhow it could not have been fun to be there as a teenager.

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804. Bridgeway Group Home

The Bridgeway Group Home was mentioned in the media in 2018 when the police arrested the manager of the group home for sexual assault. He was later sentenced to 54 years to life in prison. It is not known whether precautions have been made to ensure the safety of the teenagers in the future or how the assault could have taken place for so long. The sentenced manager was manager from 2015 to 2018.

It could not have been fun to be there as a teenager.

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803. New Horizon Group Home LLC / Robeson County group home for children

In 2018 state regulators visited a group home just outside Lumber Bridge in North Carolina. They found that the children did not receive the care, they needed according to their placement and closed the newly opened group home down again.

Years later immigrant children will be housed in the same environment. Hopefully there are no expectations into how they will be treated because past history show that it will become a warehouse for the children where they will not receive proper education or other treatment.

It could not have been fun to be there as a special-need child. It will properly not be fun to be there as an immigrant child either.

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796. Tippen

Tippen was a group home located near the town of Varde in Denmark. It was run by the local authorities. A report from a government supervision organization revealed unnecessary use of restraints, poor standard of reporting and children who did not attend school when they were supposed to.

The supervision organization were tipped by an anonymous letter claiming that a group of teenagers living in the facility controlled the group home. These allegations are yet to be proved. Also the rumor that people in the local department of social services were aware about the conditions will be either hidden or revealed by the investigation. Not all evidence are expected to be surfaced as it is often the case when the public sector investigate themselves.

It could not have been fun to be there as a teenager.

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794. Summits View

The facility located in Walnut, Mississippi has been under investigation from the Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services for some time due to testimonies from former students and former employees. Recently the facility came into yet more focus as a teenager ran away which prompted a search on federal level. Later a second boy ran away but was found very soon.

If the testimonies are just half truth it is very serious and it will be certain to state that it cannot be fun to be there as a teenager. Handcuffs are supposed to be used by law enforcement. Not everybody else.

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793. The Gordon House group home

The Gordon House group home was a residential foster care facility located in Pennant Hills, Australia. It was closed after a resident aged 15 died. Articles about the death speak of possible rape and a totally un-supervised facility where people could come in unnoticed from the streets.

Later the Uniting Church, which ran the group home decided to close all their group homes due to case showing to the public that they were in a line of business they did not understand properly.

It could not have been fun to be there as a teenager.

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791. Lakeside Academy

Lakeside Academy in Kalamazoo, Michigan is presently being investigated after employees tried to restrain a boy who died as result of this process. In general there are focus on how to restrain persons after some police officers killed a possible criminal while it was recorded and later shown on Youtube.

So now there is a general demand for changes in the police force. But what about children in residential care? Many children have died and very little attention has been used on changing the methods or making rules about when possible restraints should be used.

At Lakeside Academy they could use some outside supervision into their treatment approach. A parent writes in a google review:

FIRST My son went over 3 months without his psychiatric medications due to their negligence. I called continuously trying to find out why when he was transferred there his meds were abruptly discontinued and requesting he see the psychiatrist asap. It was a month before I found out he wasn’t getting them (found out from my son) and then another 2 and 1/2 months before they finally had him see the psychiatrist and started him on 2 of the 3 meds yet never requested his psychiatric records to know what his diagnosis and med history was. His behavior went from good to horrible and he took a huge decline with not having the meds that help stabilize his chemical imbalances.

SECOND My son injured his ankle and it took them FIVE days to have it seen and x-rayed even though he was in a lot of pain. He ended up with 3 fractures and required surgery and screws in his ankle.

There are a few nice staff but if you have kids with medical needs be prepared for medical neglect.

It has been reported that the authorities ordered the removal of students to leave room for a proper investigation. It has also been revealed that some students ran off into the neighborhood.

Supervision of this facility is very needed and until that happens it is safe to say that it cannot be fun to be there as a teenager.

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786. Acadia Montana

During its shortlived lifespan Acadia Montana went through a number of changing management, change of staff and the children were not provided with the promised care. In the end all the local community cared about was the loss of jobs rather than the welfare of the children placed at the facility.

Previous it was known as Rivendell of Montana

It could not have been fun to be there as a teenager.

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