This is a  staff list for Oak Plains Academy--Chad Youth Enhancement Center in Ashland City, TN

(a.k.a. UHS, Universal Health Services, Oak Plains Academy (NEW NAME))

(we are working to acquire the complete records for ALL years)

 

We advise current and/or former staff to report any abuses you may have witnessed while working at the Chad Youth Enhancement Center.  For information on your rights and how to take action, visit www.heal-online.org/blowthewhistle.htm.  If you were fired or forced to resign because you opposed any illegal and/or unethical practices at Chad Youth Enhancement Center, you have the right to take action. 

 

If you were harmed (family or survivor) by Chad Youth Enhancement Center, please contact info@heal-online.org if you remember the long-term employees and from which years.  This will help!   Also, if you recognize any of these staff as having worked at another program, please send in any information about their past or present employment at other facilities and/or cults.

 

 

Name

Unit/Position

Additional Information
Matt Ours CEO There have been multiple deaths at this facility.  Ours is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in TN.  Source: http://health.state.tn.us/Licensure/default.aspx
Nick Mayo Controller Mayo is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in TN.  Source: http://health.state.tn.us/Licensure/default.aspx
Charvelle Smith HR Executive Smith is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in TN.  Source: http://health.state.tn.us/Licensure/default.aspx
Randy O'Donnell CEO O'Donnell is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in TN.  Source: http://health.state.tn.us/Licensure/default.aspx
Brittany Pierce Accountant HEAL chose not to do a licensure verification on Pierce because Pierce is not in a position to review staff competence nor interact directly with clients.
John Turner Administration HEAL requires Turner's full name (including middle) and/or profession and license number in order to verify whether or not Turner holds any professional licenses in TN.
Janelle Robinson Principal Robinson is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in TN.  Source: http://health.state.tn.us/Licensure/default.aspx   Robinson is not a licensed educator in TN.  Source: https://apps.tn.gov/eli-app/search.html

Handle With Care: The state continues to license a Midstate youth treatment facility where two have died and many others have been abused--The Chad Youth Enhancement Center is a privately owned residential treatment facility nestled in the rolling hills off of a winding, two-lane road just southeast of Clarksville. Barns fashioned out of untreated wood and horses tucked behind white fences dot the pristine grazing land that leads to the facility’s 20 tree-lined acres.  Just a few yards from an empty pasture marked by a few intermittent hay bales, Chad’s gym, school building and three dormitories sit, looking clinical and quite unremarkable. Chad is a place where kids—some criminals or drug addicts, or with serious emotional and behavioral disorders—go to get help. All are between the tender ages of 7 and 17, and most have problems so severe that other facilities will not admit them. It’s what Chad prides itself on: taking the most troubled and disadvantaged children “to overcome those obstacles that may be hindering their healthy emotional growth.”  Chad is also a place where two teens have died in two years. And where allegations of excessive use of force, and verbal and physical abuse at the hands of the facility’s staff have slowly piled up in the offices of Tennessee state regulators for nearly a decade.  In 2005 medics arrived at Chad to find the body of Linda Harris, a 14-year-old resident from Amityville, N.Y., limp on the floor of the hallway outside of her room.  According to a brief police office report, Harris had “become unruly by not staying in bed and was flashing the boys” when Chad staff pulled the girl’s arms behind her back and escorted her to a time-out room. It was at this point that Harris “became limp and fell on the floor” and the Chad staffers sat down next to her and held her arms behind her back as she lay on her stomach.  After approximately 30 seconds, according to the report, staff let her go as Harris remained belly down and appeared to be crying. A few minutes later, the Chad employees noticed that her breathing had slowed, so they rolled her over and called 911. While an ambulance was en route, Harris stopped breathing. She was pronounced dead after arrival at Gateway Medical Center in Clarksville.  For complete story, click here.

Judge Removes Children From Troubled Youth Center--August 6th, 2007--MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Tenn.- The Chad Youth Enhancement Center is right in the middle of a scandal. A family court judge is now ordering some of the youngsters who live there to get out immediately.  It's been estimated about 60 percent of the troubled kids who stay at Chad Youth Center are from Philadelphia.  Just this weekend a judge in that city ordered a handful of kids to be pulled out in the wake of serious allegations of abuse.  Teenager Atlanta Redman and her parents said these snapshots are evidence of abuse.  "When I raised my head up, she slammed it back down and my mouth was pouring blood and my eye was hurting and I just remember telling her, Please stop. And she kept on slamming me back down," said former center resident Atlanta Redman.  Her accusations and new claims from parents and kids once linked to Chad have placed the facility for troubled teens squarely in the cross-hairs of investigators. Now, a judge from Philadelphia, where many "Chad" residents are from, is ordering six kids from Philadelphia to be discharged, and more releases could come.  For complete story, click here.
Philadelphia teen dies at Tennessee facility for troubled youth: June 24th, 2007--PHILADELPHIA - A teenager sent to a Tennessee facility for troubled youth by the city's social services agency died after a confrontation with the center's staff, prompting Philadelphia officials to consider relocating dozens of teens who were sent there.  Omega Leach, described by city officials as a 17-year-old whose many troubles included racing a stolen car, was sent last month to the Chad Youth Enhancement Center outside Nashville. The mental health facility for troubled teens was approved by the Philadelphia Department of Human Services.  But Leach got into a physical confrontation with the staff on June 3 and died the next day at a Nashville hospital. He tried to choke one counselor, and another staffer pushed Leach facedown to the floor and pulled his arms behind his back, police said.  Investigators are trying to find out whether Leach was restrained improperly, preventing him from breathing.  "There's no doubt that the kid had an attitude and probably needed to be locked up somewhere," Sgt. Brian Prentice, of the Montgomery County, Tenn., Sheriff's Office told The Philadelphia Inquirer for a story Sunday. "It doesn't mean he has to be dead."  (Webmaster Note:  How many kids have to die before these facilities are regulated or shut down?)  For complete story, click here.
HEAL is in the process of reviewing the enrollment materials for Oak Plains Academy/CHAD Youth Enhancement Center.  In the meantime, we have reviewed the Boulder Creek Academy Application.  Boulder Creek Academy is also owned and operated by UHS.
Article: Violations and Problems at UHS, Inc. Owned Facilities
Philadelphia teen dies at Tennessee facility for troubled youth: June 24th, 2007--PHILADELPHIA - A teenager sent to a Tennessee facility for troubled youth by the city's social services agency died after a confrontation with the center's staff, prompting Philadelphia officials to consider relocating dozens of teens who were sent there.  Omega Leach, described by city officials as a 17-year-old whose many troubles included racing a stolen car, was sent last month to the Chad Youth Enhancement Center outside Nashville. The mental health facility for troubled teens was approved by the Philadelphia Department of Human Services.  But Leach got into a physical confrontation with the staff on June 3 and died the next day at a Nashville hospital. He tried to choke one counselor, and another staffer pushed Leach facedown to the floor and pulled his arms behind his back, police said.  Investigators are trying to find out whether Leach was restrained improperly, preventing him from breathing.  "There's no doubt that the kid had an attitude and probably needed to be locked up somewhere," Sgt. Brian Prentice, of the Montgomery County, Tenn., Sheriff's Office told The Philadelphia Inquirer for a story Sunday. "It doesn't mean he has to be dead."  (Webmaster Note:  How many kids have to die before these facilities are regulated or shut down?)  For complete story, click here.
Judge Removes Children From Troubled Youth Center--August 6th, 2007--MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Tenn.- The Chad Youth Enhancement Center is right in the middle of a scandal. A family court judge is now ordering some of the youngsters who live there to get out immediately.  It's been estimated about 60 percent of the troubled kids who stay at Chad Youth Center are from Philadelphia.  Just this weekend a judge in that city ordered a handful of kids to be pulled out in the wake of serious allegations of abuse.  Teenager Atlanta Redman and her parents said these snapshots are evidence of abuse.  "When I raised my head up, she slammed it back down and my mouth was pouring blood and my eye was hurting and I just remember telling her, Please stop. And she kept on slamming me back down," said former center resident Atlanta Redman.  Her accusations and new claims from parents and kids once linked to Chad have placed the facility for troubled teens squarely in the cross-hairs of investigators. Now, a judge from Philadelphia, where many "Chad" residents are from, is ordering six kids from Philadelphia to be discharged, and more releases could come.  For complete story, click here.
Handle With Care: The state continues to license a Midstate youth treatment facility where two have died and many others have been abused--The Chad Youth Enhancement Center is a privately owned residential treatment facility nestled in the rolling hills off of a winding, two-lane road just southeast of Clarksville. Barns fashioned out of untreated wood and horses tucked behind white fences dot the pristine grazing land that leads to the facility’s 20 tree-lined acres.  Just a few yards from an empty pasture marked by a few intermittent hay bales, Chad’s gym, school building and three dormitories sit, looking clinical and quite unremarkable. Chad is a place where kids—some criminals or drug addicts, or with serious emotional and behavioral disorders—go to get help. All are between the tender ages of 7 and 17, and most have problems so severe that other facilities will not admit them. It’s what Chad prides itself on: taking the most troubled and disadvantaged children “to overcome those obstacles that may be hindering their healthy emotional growth.”  Chad is also a place where two teens have died in two years. And where allegations of excessive use of force, and verbal and physical abuse at the hands of the facility’s staff have slowly piled up in the offices of Tennessee state regulators for nearly a decade.  In 2005 medics arrived at Chad to find the body of Linda Harris, a 14-year-old resident from Amityville, N.Y., limp on the floor of the hallway outside of her room.  According to a brief police office report, Harris had “become unruly by not staying in bed and was flashing the boys” when Chad staff pulled the girl’s arms behind her back and escorted her to a time-out room. It was at this point that Harris “became limp and fell on the floor” and the Chad staffers sat down next to her and held her arms behind her back as she lay on her stomach.  After approximately 30 seconds, according to the report, staff let her go as Harris remained belly down and appeared to be crying. A few minutes later, the Chad employees noticed that her breathing had slowed, so they rolled her over and called 911. While an ambulance was en route, Harris stopped breathing. She was pronounced dead after arrival at Gateway Medical Center in Clarksville.  For complete story, click here.

 *(Chad Youth Enhancement Center, like many other programs in this industry, keeps a "tight lid" on any specific information regarding their staff, qualifications, and practices.  Please contact us with the names of any staff of which you have firsthand knowledge or experience.  Thank you for your help.)

 Last Updated: March 7th, 2014

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