(aka UHS, Inc, Cumberland Academy.)
(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 Cumberland Hospital. 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 Cumberland Hospital, you have the right to take action.
If you were harmed (family or survivor) by Cumberland Hospital, please contact firstname.lastname@example.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.
HEAL is currently investigating Cumberland Hospital.
|Kent Hugill||Director of Bus. Dev.||Hugill is not a licensed mental health, social work, nor medical professional in VA. Source: https://secure01.virginiainteractive.org/dhp/cgi-bin/search_publicdb.cgi|
|Cathy Fudella||Staff(?)||Cumberland's toll-free number is reportedly registered by Cathy Fudella. Source: http://www.xconnectto.com/cathy-fudella-800-368-3472.html Fudella is not a licensed mental health, social work, nor medical professional in VA. Source: https://secure01.virginiainteractive.org/dhp/cgi-bin/search_publicdb.cgi|
|Vickie Wilkins||Liaison||There is a Victoria B. Wilkins (may be a different person) that is a licensed Pharmacy Technician in VA. There are no other Vickie/Victoria Wilkins that hold any mental health, social work, nor medical licenses in VA. Source: https://secure01.virginiainteractive.org/dhp/cgi-bin/search_publicdb.cgi|
|Gay Brooks||CEO||Brooks is not a licensed mental health, social work, nor medical professional in VA. Source: https://secure01.virginiainteractive.org/dhp/cgi-bin/search_publicdb.cgi|
|Floyd Lark||Director of Education||
Name Floyd R. Lark, Jr. (may be a different person)
Highest Degree Reported* Master's Degree
License Type Postgraduate Professional License
Expiration Date 06/30/2018
Endorsement(s) Adm & Supv Prek-12 central office only
Emotional Disturbance K-12
|Catherine Elizabeth Medina||Staff||
|Patricia Neyland Reams||Psychiatrist/MD||
|Valerie A. Mutchler-Fornili||Psychiatrist/MD||Mutchler-Fornili is not a licensed mental health, social work, nor medical professional in VA. Source: https://secure01.virginiainteractive.org/dhp/cgi-bin/search_publicdb.cgi|
|Colleen E. Murphy||LPC||Murphy is not a licensed mental health, social work, nor medical professional in VA. Source: https://secure01.virginiainteractive.org/dhp/cgi-bin/search_publicdb.cgi|
|Deborah S. Vick||LCP||
|*(Cumberland Hospital, 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.)|
|Cumberland operates multiple "group homes" including: Cumberland Magnolia House (Richmond, VA), Cumberland Barton House (Richmond, VA), and Cumberland Seger House (Richmond, VA).|
|External Link: http://www.bpkids.org/connect/forums/general-discussion/virgina-mental-health-commissioner-kept-treatment-centers-problems|
|External Link: Keep An Eye On PSI!"(and UHS!)|
|Article: Violations and Problems at UHS, Inc. Owned Facilities|
|HEAL is in the process of reviewing the enrollment/admissions materials for Cumberland Group Homes. In the meantime, we recommend you check out our review of the Boulder Creek Academy Application. Boulder Creek Academy is also owned and operated by UHS.|
|HEAL has received one complaint regarding Cumberland from a parent. We are currently investigating.|
False advertising ,medical neglects ,abusive,lies to keeps kids in , do not fall for this hospital , doesn't help , worse hospital ive ever been too ."Source: http://www.yellowpages.com/new-kent-va/mip/cumberland-hospital-for-children-adolescents-457866778
"Job Work/Life Balance Compensation/Benefits Job Security/Advancement Management Job Culture worst place i have ever worked registered nurse (Former Employee), residential unit – July 13, 2014 Pros: working with and for the children Cons: overworked, mandatory overtime, poor management especially on the residential unit this job is the worst experience i ever had. the politics and poor management is ridicolous . great to work with the kids but desensitized management have run the hospital down. there is no consideration of staff and there is constant mandatory overtime or you get fired because they claim it is abandonment . they work their employees short staff until it becomes a safety issue with care of the patients. they lie about the bonus, read the fine print their aim is to not give as promised when you are hired. the schedule is very inflexible as they do the block scheduling system and force their employees to work every weekend instead of every other. it is a very unsafe environmnet and they have no regard for their employees . poor morale and spooky environment. a total waste of time to work for this company because they are used to high tunover as this is their culture therefore have no vested interest in their employees and or rentention incentives, you are replaceable/disposable . "
Poor management, overworked employees, bad experience
Behavioral Counselor (Current Employee), New Kent, VA – May 28, 2014
Pros: working with the kids
Cons: short staffing, overworked
I loved my job while I worked there - helping the kids made everything worthwhile. But the scheduling is awful. No one person does the scheduling, there are constantly holes in the schedule, and they don't care about short staffing the units. They will force you to stay in extra 8 hour shift for holes in the schedule they knew about weeks in advance. There's minimal job security. When there are lots of patients they'll overwork you and keep you late at work in a heartbeat. When there aren't many patients and the census is low, they fire for very small reasons.
Overall, bad experience. They don't care that you're tired because they kept you last night at work. They'll force you to work overtime or tell you to just not come back."
|ACS still sending ailing foster kids to shady psychiatric hospital in Virginia ACS still sending ailing foster kids to shady psychiatric clinic BY Reuven Blau NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Saturday, March 17, 2018, 9:51 PM facebook Tweet email The city’s Administration for Children’s Services just signed a new $4.1 million no-bid contract with Universal Health Services. The service's Virginia facility is allegedly known for holding patients longer than needed in order to collect more money. (Jefferson Siegel/for New York Daily News) BY Reuven Blau NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Saturday, March 17, 2018, 9:51 PM City foster children with serious medical needs will continue to be sent to a controversial for-profit psychiatric hospital in Virginia that’s under federal investigation for allegedly holding patients longer than necessary to collect more money. The city’s Administration for Children’s Services signed a new $4.1 million no-bid contract with Universal Health Services earlier this month. An ACS spokesman went to lengths to defend the deal. “A court ordered that these children continue to get care at this hospital, and ACS and the children’s lawyers agree that this is where the best care can be provided,” said spokesman Eric Ferrero, noting fewer than 10 kids are at the site. ACS commissioner blasts Cuomo for capping child welfare funds Part of the country’s largest chain of psychiatric hospitals, the company has come under fire for keeping patients longer than medically required in order to cash in, according to a series of BuzzFeed reports. The group’s billing practices are being probed by the FBI, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Defense, the site reported in May 2017. The city appears to have first contracted with Universal Health Services in November 2016. It is unclear why the contract was never put out to bid. Health and Human Services officials have repeatedly denied any wrongdoing. They contend patients at their facilities receive top-notch care. Cuomo’s proposed budget hurts kids by slashing ACS funds The firm is no stranger to the city’s bean counters. The city pension funds own more than $25 million in the company’s stock. In that capacity, city Controller Scott Stringer, who monitors the city’s finances, has urged the firm to revamp its shareholders voting method. Currently, the firm’s CEO and chairman, Alan Miller, has more than 80% of voting power even though he owns less than 15% of its total shares. Still, Stringer’s office approved the new no-bid contract for several reasons. For one, the contract was listed as Cumberland Hospital Partners LLC, a subsidiary of the larger Universal Health Services, said controller spokesman Tyrone Stevens. Additionally, the Department of Investigation reviewed the firm and concluded it was “clean,” he added, noting a judge ordered three children be sent to the facility. Stevens also pointed out that under the City Charter, the controller can only reject a contract if there’s evidence of possible corruption in the contracting process or on the part of the vendor, a debarred contractor, insufficient money to pay for the deal, or lack of approval from the mayor or Law Department. Source: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/acs-sending-ailing-foster-kids-shady-psychiatric-clinic-article-1.3881429|
|External Link: https://www.wtvr.com/news/problem-solvers/problem-solvers-investigations/cumberland-hospital-children-abuse-neglect-investigations|
|External Link: "Children’s doctor accused of sexual abuse on temporary leave of absence Dr. Daniel Davidow is on temporary leave of absence after a CBS 6 investigation" Source: https://www.wtvr.com/news/problem-solvers/problem-solvers-investigations/childrens-doctor-accused-of-sexual-abuse-placed-on-temporary-leave-of-absence|
|External Link: "Psychotherapist at Virginia children’s hospital arrested for sex crimes He works at Cumberland Hospital for Children and Adolescents." Source: https://www.wtvr.com/news/problem-solvers/problem-solvers-investigations/staff-member-at-childrens-hospital-under-criminal-investigation-arrested-for-sex-crimes|
|External Link: Tweet of news article about new lawsuit against Cumberland December 8th, 2021 https://twitter.com/heal247/status/1468706800681713666|
REPORTING GUIDE FOR VICTIMS, SURVIVORS, AND WHISTLEBLOWERS:
In Virginia, the statutes of limitation do not apply to any felonies including rape, kidnapping, human trafficking, and murder. Misdemeanors in the state have a 1-5 year time limit. For civil suits in Virginia, the statute of limitations is 2 years depending on cause of action.
Options for you to take action and/or seek redress/justice today are listed below:
1. Report crimes such as assault, fraud, battery, labor trafficking, and child abuse to law enforcement in Virginia. You can call the New Kent County Sheriff's Office at (804) 966-9500 to inquire about filing an official complaint which may provide the probable cause needed to get a warrant for investigation and/or prosecution.
2. File a consumer complaint with your home state's attorney general against Cumberland Hospital and include your request for compensation for any harm done to you. You can find the easy online forms for filing such a complaint (which may result in an investigation, prosecution, and/or civil resolution on your case) under your home state's (state where you currently reside) header at http://www.heal-online.org/report.htm. If you live in Virginia and/or would like to file consumer complaint as a non-resident with the Attorney General of Virginia, visit: https://www.oag.state.va.us/consumer-protection/index.php/file-a-complaint .
3. If you do not wish to file a consumer complaint, you can contact a private personal injury attorney and look into suing in tort/civil court. However, if you can't afford the retainer, you should expect to settle out of court with a non-disclosure agreement which may bar you from speaking publicly about the incident because you've agreed (even if with a grumbling assent) to the terms of the settlement. You can find legal resources at http://www.heal-online.org/legal.htm and legal causes of action related to institutionalized abuse claims at http://www.heal-online.org/legalarguments.htm.
4. You may post a statement about your experience at your program on our unmoderated message board at http://pub40.bravenet.com/forum/show.php?usernum=3407841501&cpv=2 OR send a new e-mail to email@example.com with subject "Post My Feedback" and we will post your feedback (e-mail printed to .pdf disclosing your name and e-mail address and any information in your e-mail with that subject) to https://www.cope.church/feedback.htm and add a direct link to those .pdf files to this page .
5. You may also wish to provide a guest sermon. Guest sermons are posted at https://www.cope.church/sermons.htm , under Progress Reports/Guest Sermons at https://www.heal-online.org where appropriate, and on program info pages when applicable. So, one provided by you on your program would also be placed on this page . Guest sermons should be written into the body of an e-mail and sent to firstname.lastname@example.org . Your first and last name will be disclosed (contact info will not be unless you expressly ask for that). For sermons available on our site see https://www.cope.church/sermons.htm (and sermon archives linked on that page). If you have questions about this option, please contact email@example.com. Please see https://www.cope.church/givetoday.pdf to get an idea what your sermon may be worth.
All segregated congregate care providers, including those on our watch-list, are welcome to contact us to correct any information or provide additional data that may assist with delivering the whole truth to the public. We've found in many cases where this offer has been abused or resulted in revealing additional basis for our concerns. For some examples see: http://www.heal-online.org/tcfl.htm, http://www.heal-online.org/bolthouse.htm and http://www.heal-online.org/abundant2.htm. Now, we are willing to look at the facts and may have questions or require documentation backing up any claims. We do verify licensing, academic backgrounds, and other qualifications when investigating and researching programs on our watch-list to assist consumers seeking additional information on such programs or victims requiring assistance with getting corroborating evidence of their claims. We do that in order to make sure the information we provide is accurate and verified and cite our sources. In the event any information we've posted is in error, we're happy to make a correction. And, for information on how such requests are handled and have been resolved historically, see: http://www.heal-online.org/requests.htm.
HEAL does not support segregated congregate care for many reasons which include that many such facilities are abusive, exploitative, fraudulent, and lack effective oversight often as a result of fraudulent misrepresentation coupled with the ignorance of those seeking to enroll loved ones in such facilities, programs, schools, or centers without a valid court order and involuntarily. In the United States such involuntary placements done without a court order are apparently illegal as they either violate the Americans with Disabilities Act community integration requirement or due process rights of those involuntarily placed. Now, in regards to parents, in the United States parents have the right to waive their own rights, but, not the rights of their minor children. See http://www.heal-online.org/legalarguments.htm for more information. Now, most facilities on our watch list include waivers, indemnity clauses, and sworn statements parents must sign assuring the program that the parents have the right to make the placement involuntarily and without due process in a segregated congregate care environment, however, California and federal prosecutors as well as settled law appears to suggest that is not the case. In fact, in the David Taylor case found at http://www.heal-online.org/provocases.htm, Taylor sued Provo Canyon School and his mother as co-defendants. His mother was found liable for 75% of the damages awarded to Taylor as a result of multiple complaints including false imprisonment, while the program was found only 25% liable because the mother owed a duty of due diligence to investigate anyone to which she would entrust care of her child and she failed to do so.
Now, HEAL opposes segregated congregate care and we find most placements are happening illegally in the USA which if the youth understood their rights would result in unfortunate outcomes for the parents, particularly when they don't exercise good judgment and support the fraud and abuse rather than their own children when they need remedy and justice. And, HEAL supports all victims of fraud and abuse in seeking remedies at law for any crimes or torts committed against them. And, that's true whether or not the program or victims are in the USA.
HEAL has a 5 point argument against segregated congregate care we'd like you to consider:
a. Segregated care is unconstitutional and a civil rights violation. It is only permissible if a person is unable to survive independent of an institutional environment. For more on this, watch the HEAL Report at https://youtu.be/C4NzhZc4P0A. Or, see: http://www.ada.gov/olmstead/ which includes in part: "United States v. Florida – 1:12-cv-60460 – (S.D. Fla.) – On April 7, 2016, the United States filed an Opposition to the State of Florida’s Motion for Partial Summary Judgment. In the Motion, the State had asked the Court to rule, on a variety of grounds, that the United States could not recover damages for unnecessarily institutionalized children to whom the State had been deliberately indifferent."
b. Institutionalization is always dehumanizing and coercive. Institutionalization always harms the institutionalized and deprives them of protected civil rights. Dr. David Straker, Psychiatry Professor at Columbia University's School of Medicine (Ivy League) explains this in detail at http://changingminds.org/disciplines/sociology/articles/institutionalization.htm. "Many institutions, from prisons to monasteries to asylums, deliberately want to control and manage their inmates such that they conform and do not cause problems. Even in less harsh environments, many of the institutionalization methods may be found, albeit in more moderated form (although the psychological effect can be equally devastating)." (See website linked in this paragraph for more info.)
c. Institutionalization is not in the best interest of children. Institutions are not ever better for a child than living with a loving family. Source: http://www.unicef.org/cambodia/12681_23295.html
d. Reform schools, residential treatment programs, and other segregated congregate care settings have been shown to be ineffective and harmful. Best source on this currently is: https://www.acgov.org/probation/documents/EndoftheReformSchoolbyVinny.doc
e. Boarding Schools, even the "good ones", result in a form of social death, isolation, and cause both anxiety and depression. Therefore, it is clearly not in the best interest of the youth subjected to those environments. Sources: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/jun/08/boarding-school-syndrome-joy-schaverien-review and http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/secondaryeducation/11662001/The-truth-about-boarding-school-syndrome.html
Beyond the above arguments against segregated congregate care, we have reports from the NIH, Surgeon General, Yale University Studies, and much more showing the methodologies of behavior modification are damaging, harmful, and ineffective. You can request these documents via e-mail. In addition, for such programs offering academic services or claiming to offer diplomas, certifications, or the like, it is important to check to see if it is a diploma mill with no accredited academic services. Please see article: "Avoiding Scams: What You Need To Know" for important information on how to avoid education/training scams.
If you'd like to see what HEAL suggests rather than segregated congregate care (i.e. committing a crime or tort against your child if done against their will without a court order), please see articles: "Fix Your Family, Help Your Teen" and "Emancipation Guide".
If you have a complaint against any facility, please file a complaint with the appropriate law enforcement agency or your home state's attorney general. For reporting resources see: http://www.heal-online.org/report.htm. (Reporting guide is for USA only at this time.)
|8/31/22: COPE Conversion Program Progress Report: Cumberland Hospital: https://www.cope.church/cumberlandprogress.pdf|
Last Updated:August 31st, 2022