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Island View Residential Treatment Center
2650 West 2700 South
Syracuse, Davis County, Utah 84075
School typeFor-profit program, Residential Treatment Facility, Emotionally Disturbed Children
FounderDr. W. Dean Belnap, M.D., Lorin A. Broadbent, D.S.W., Jared U. Balmer, PhD., and W. Kimball DeLaMare, L.C.S.W.
Age range13 to 17
AccreditationsUtah Department of Education, the California Department of Education and the Northwest Association of Accredited Schools
Tuition$120,000 pa
OwnerAspen and CRC Health Group
Elevations RTC
Elevations RTC Sign with Logo.jpg
Sign at entry to Elevations RTC
2650 West 2700 South
Syracuse, Davis County, Utah 84075
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 DirectorJudith Jacques[1]
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 Residential Treatment Center is a residential treatment center (RTC) in Syracuse, Utah in the United States. It was formerly known as Island View Residential Treatment Center, a Delaware limited liability company[2] until 2014,[3] owned and operated by Aspen Education Group, a subsidiary of CRC Health Group.[4][5][6][5][7] It subsequently re-opened under new management that year as Elevations Residential Treatment Center.[8]

History[edit | edit source]

The Syracuse campus opened in 1994 as the Island View Residential Treatment Center.[9] Its founders were Lorin Broadbent, DSW, Jared Balmer, PhD, and W. Kimball DeLaMare, L.C.S.W.[10]

Along with individual and family therapy, the facility utilized "Positive Peer Group" psychotherapy sessions.[11]

In 2004, the residential treatment center was acquired by Aspen Education Group.[10] CRC Health Group, a company owned by Bain Capital,[12] purchased Aspen Education for $300 million in 2006.[13] Aspen and CRC Health Group owned and operated the Syracuse campus until 2014.

A 16-year-old boy from Pennsylvania hanged himself in a bathroom at Island View in 2004, after he excused himself from a viewing of a film.[14] The staff were unsuccessful in reviving him.[15] Island View was cited for providing inadequate medical care to the child, placed on probation, and required to submit a plan of corrective action. [15]

Other former residents of the center claimed in 2012 that they had received inadequate medical care during their time there, and that they had been subjected to solitary confinement and other harsh physical and psychological treatment.[4]

Residential treatment program[edit | edit source]

Before its closure, Island View treatment center provided subacute care[16] to troubled adolescents experiencing mood and behavioral dysregulation, substance abuse, and difficulties at home or school.[17] The 90-bed lockdown facility[18] provided care to students ranging in age from 13 - 17.6 years.[17][19] The average length of stay at the treatment center was 8–10 months.[17] Teenagers at the residential program were monitored 24 hours per day, seven days per week, by team directors and houseparent staff.[20]

The program offered a range of critical support services to troubled teens, including a therapeutic, positive peer environment and individual, group and family therapy (generally by teleconference as most students were from out of the area). Specifically, residents received intensive therapies, behavior modification, psychopharmacology, nursing assessment and intervention, diagnostic evaluation, and educational planning.[16] Residents typically received seven therapy sessions a week, in the form of five group, one individual, and one family therapy session.[16] The program used a "levels" structure - as a student’s behavior improves, he or she was advanced to the next level with rewards such as extra phone privileges attached to each higher level.[21]

At Island View, the majority of residents were organized into teams by gender.[22] This structure typically consisted of separate girls' teams and separate boys' teams of 15-19 adolescents each with specifically assigned milieu or residential staff, teachers and others.[22]

Lawsuits and oversight issues[edit | edit source]

Island View was at the center of two parental custody lawsuits in 2014, both of which played out on national daytime television,[23][24][25][26] and were subsequently dismissed.[27][28][29][30][31][32] Island View had an A+ Better Business Bureau rating with no complaints recorded in its final three years.[33]

Elevations Residential Treatment Center[edit | edit source]

Island View RTC 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.[34] [35][36] 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.[37] 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. [38] 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.[38] “They don’t complete the grievance [forms] because they have ... had staff laugh at it and throw it in the trash.”[38] Before Elevations came under new management, the current executive director Ms. Jacques had worked at Island View for almost 20 years.[39] Most of the staff is the same: in 2016, 39 of the 48 employees listed on Elevations' website worked for Island View. [38] The student dress code, applications, policies and procedures, and even the solitary confinement procedures also stayed the same.[40]

Elevations is as a licensed residential treatment facility.[41] It is an owner-operated program created in partnership with Family Help & Wellness.[1][42] When the treatment center opened, Dr. David Hans was the owner and executive director; he is no longer affiliated with Elevations.[43][44] Former Island View RTC member of staff Judith Jacques,[1] who was originally hired as the Associate Executive Director, is currently the Executive Director.[45][46] Elevations is a lock-down facility and has three time-out rooms for isolating children.[38]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Opening of Elevations RTC". Archived from the original on December 22, 2015. Retrieved 29 June 2018.
  2. Island View Residential Treatment Center (2004). "Certificate of Incorporation". Retrieved from the Delaware Department of State: Division of Corporations entity database. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  3. http://islandviewrtccom.ipage.com/images/IVletter.pdf
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Dark side of a Bain success". Salon (website). 18 July 2012. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Closing of Island View Center".
  6. "Island View Residential Treatment Center Closes". therapyinsider.com. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  7. "Island View RTC Closes Their Doors". Restore Troubled Teens. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  8. "Thousands of Families Helped with Unique Program Partnerships". familyhelpandwellness.com. Archived from the original on 22 December 2014.
    Visit Reports"
  10. 10.0 10.1 "Aspen Education Group Acquires Island View & Oakley School". Woodbury Reports, Inc. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
  11. "Positive Peer Group Therapy". Island View RTC. Archived from the original on January 6, 2002.
  12. CRC Heath Group. Form 10-k filed April 2013 (Report). Securities and Exchange Commission.
  13. Jonny Bonner (2009-12-17). "Parents Say Dr. Phil Exploited Troubled Teen". Courthouse News Service. Retrieved 2014-02-01.
  14. "Teen facility targets suicide prevention". Deseret News. 2004-07-30. Retrieved 2013-10-15.
  15. 15.0 15.1 Stewart, Kirsten (13 October 2007). "Four recent Utah deaths in treatment programs". Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 Jon N. v. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, 684 F.Supp.2d 190 (D. Mass. 2010).
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 "Youth Residential Therapeutic Boarding School: Help to Lead Healthy Life | Island View". Islandview.crchealth.com. Archived from the original on 2013-11-26. Retrieved 2013-10-15.
  18. "The Report of the Accreditation Visiting Team : Island View School : April 21, 2009". Schools.utah.gov. Archived from the original on 22 January 2014.
  19. "Rule R501-16. Intermediate Secure Treatment Programs for Minors". Archived from the original on 22 December 2016. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
  20. Island View Residential Treatment Center. "Therapeutic Environment". Archived from the original on 3 June 2002. Retrieved 1 February 2014.
  21. B. J. M. v. Eugene School District, Case No. DP00-105 (2000).
  22. 22.0 22.1 Vardell, Don (2009-04-24). "Island View Announces Co-Ed Team, Adoption Programming & Clinician Re-alignment" (PDF) (Press release). Syracuse, Utah: Island View Residential Treatment Center. Retrieved 2014-02-01.
  23. Reavy, Pat (29 January 2014). "Family sues Dr. Phil, Utah treatment center". Deseret News. Retrieved 29 June 2018.
  24. "Teen sex, Dr. Phil and Utah collide in federal lawsuit". Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 29 June 2018.
  25. "Parents Say Dr. Phil Exploited Troubled Teen". Courthouse News Service. 30 January 2014. Retrieved 29 June 2018.
  26. "Dr. Phil Accused of 'Slavery,' 'Abuse,' 'False Imprisonment' of Underage Sex-Seeker in Explosive New Suit". The Wrap. 30 January 2014. Retrieved 29 June 2018.
  27. Nuszen v. Nuszen et al, 4:2015mc00864 (Texas Southern District Court March 30, 2015).
  28. "Hinman v. Island View Academy et al". Justia Dockets & Filings.
  29. Myers et al v. Dr. Phil Organization et al, 1:14-cv-00007, Reply Memorandum of Defendants CRC Health Group, Aspen Education Group, Island View Residential Treatment Center, and Ryan Mortenson (Utah District Court August 13, 2014).
  30. "FindLaw's Court of Appeals of Texas case and opinions". Findlaw. NO. 01–13–01061–CV. Retrieved 2016-02-14.
  31. Hinman v. Island View Academy et al, 1:2014cv00015 (Utah District Court February 18, 2014).
  32. "Hinman v. Island View Academy et al, No. 1:2014cv00015 - Document 28 (D. Utah 2015)". Justia Law. Retrieved 2016-01-26.
  33. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-02-03. Retrieved 2014-12-03.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  34. 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).
  35. 'Hinman v. Island View Academy et al', No. 1:2014cv00015 - Document 28 (D. Utah 2015). Text
  36. Harvey, Tom (May 23, 2014). "Teen sex, Dr. Phil and Utah collide in federal lawsuit". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  37. 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.
  38. 38.0 38.1 38.2 38.3 38.4 Murdock, Sebastian (August 23, 2016). "The Troubled Teen Industry Has Been A Disaster For Decades". HuffPost. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  39. Burt, Laura (October 20, 2011). "ISLAND VIEW RTC -Visit Reports". strugglingteens.com.
  40. "These Rehab Schools Beat, Raped, And Even Killed Their Students For Years Before Being Stopped". Ranker. Retrieved 2018-06-03.
  41. "SYRACUSE RTC LLC; NPI #1740690452". NPIdb.org. Retrieved 29 June 2018.
  42. "New Status And New Program On Syracuse Campus". www.strugglingteens.com. Retrieved 2015-12-17.
  43. Hans. "Elevations: Our Staff". Elevations: Our Staff. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  44. Hans, David (19 August 2014). "Elevations RTC Launches Website". Strugglingteens.com. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  45. "Judi Jacques M. Ed., Associate Executive Director". elevations.com. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  46. Jacques. "Elevations Message From the Director". Retrieved 2015-10-12.

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