Elevations Residential Treatment Center

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Elevations RTC
2650 West 2700 South

Davis County
School typeFor-profit program, Residential Treatment Facility, Secondary School
DeanJen Capellen
Co-Medical DirectorDr. Michael Connolly
Director of Recreation & Experiential EducationJonathan Griffen
Key peopleJenn Wilde (Executive Clinical Director)
Age range13 to 18
AccreditationsUtah Department of Education, The Joint Commission, AdvancEd, the California Department of Education and the Northwest Association of Accredited Schools
OwnerFamily Help & Wellness
Executive DirectorJudi Jacques
Partner ProgramsAshcreek Ranch Academy, Asheville Academy for Girls, BlueFire Wilderness, Sedona Sky Academy, Solstice East, Solstice RTC, Talisman Camps, Trails Carolina, The Academy at Trails, View Point Center Assessment, and Wingate Wilderness Therapy

Elevations RTC, also known as Seven Stars Academy and formerly known as the Island View Residential Treatment Center,[1] is a lock-down residential treatment center for children aged 13 to 18 in Utah.[2] The troubled-teen program has been criticized for maintaining a prison-like environment where kids are physically and psychologically abused.[3]


In 2014, Elevations opened as a licensed residential treatment facility.[4] Elevations is an owner-operated program created in partnership with Family Help & Wellness.[5][6] When the treatment center opened, Dr. David Hans was the owner and executive director; however, is no longer affiliated with Elevations.[7][8] Judi Jacques, who was originally hired as the Associate Executive Director, is currently the Executive Director.[9][10] Elevations is a lock-down facility and has three time-out rooms for isolating children.[1]

File:Elevations RTC Sign with Logo.jpg
Sign at entry to Elevations facility


Elevations was formerly known as the Island View Residential Treatment Center, which was sued in January and February 2014, along with its parent company Aspen Education Group, by former students and parents who alleged that the facility maintained a prison-like environment where physical and psychological torture were used against students.[11] [12][13] In May of that year, a new company, Family Help & Wellness, took over the facility and the new executive director Dr. Hans announced that the program changed its name to Elevations RTC.[14] Island View and Elevations have been criticized for the isolation, restraint and psychological abuse of students under Elevations’ control, and for treating kids with high-dose anti-psychotics, among other things. [1] In August 2014, a state inspector admonished Elevations for its mistreatment of children: “[y]outh don’t feel like they have a voice,” the inspector noted in her audit.[1] “They don’t complete the grievance [forms] because they have ... had staff laugh at it and throw it in the trash.”[1] Before Elevations came under new management, the current executive director Ms. Jacques had worked at Island View for almost 20 years.[15] Most of the staff is the same: in 2016, 39 of the 48 employees listed on Elevations' website worked for Island View. [1] The student dress code, applications, policies and procedures, and even the solitary confinement procedures also stayed the same.[16]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Murdock, Sebastian (August 23, 2016). "The Troubled Teen Industry Has Been A Disaster For Decades". HuffPost. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  2. http://www.elevationsrtc.com/
  3. Caplan-Bricker, Nora (August 24, 2016). ""Treatment Centers" for Troubled Teens Are Gothic Nightmares". Slate. Retrieved April 20, 2018.
  4. https://npidb.org/organizations/residential_treatment/residential-treatment-facility-emotionally-disturbed-children_322d00000x/1740690452.aspx
  5. http://famhelp.com/opening-of-elevations-rtc
  6. "New Status And New Program On Syracuse Campus". www.strugglingteens.com. Retrieved 2015-12-17.
  7. Hans. "Elevations: Our Staff". Elevations: Our Staff. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  8. Hans, David (19 August 2014). "Elevations RTC Launches Website". Strugglingteens.com. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  9. "Judi Jacques M. Ed., Associate Executive Director". elevations.com. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  10. Jacques. "Elevations Message From the Director". Retrieved 2015-10-12.
  11. Myers et al v. Dr. Phil Organization et al, 1:14-cv-00007, Reply Memo, of Defs. CRC Health Group, Aspen Edu. Group, Island View Residential Treatment Center, and Ryan Mortenson (Ut. Dist. Ct. 8/13/14).
  12. 'Hinman v. Island View Academy et al', No. 1:2014cv00015 - Document 28 (D. Utah 2015). Text
  13. Harvey, Tom (May 23, 2014). "Teen sex, Dr. Phil and Utah collide in federal lawsuit". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  14. Hans, David (May 4, 2014). "New Status And Name Changes At Syracuse Campus". Woodbury Reports, Inc. Archived from the original on August 8, 2014. Retrieved April 19, 2018.
  15. Burt, Laura (October 20, 2011). "ISLAND VIEW RTC -Visit Reports". strugglingteens.com.
  16. "These Rehab Schools Beat, Raped, And Even Killed Their Students For Years Before Being Stopped". Ranker. Retrieved 2018-06-03.

External links[edit]

  • Official website - Elevations RTC, owned and operated by Family Help and Wellness.

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