(aka The Glenholme School)
(we are working to acquire the complete records for ALL years)
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Please don’t place your loved one in Devereux Glenholme and rescue them if they are there now.
|Maryann Campbell||Executive Director||No other information is posted regarding the staff or qualifications of staff at Devereux Glenholme aka The Glenholme School.|
|Sharon Murphy||Dean of Students||
Survivor reported the following on these staff on October 19th, 2009:
people are the ones who are the most brutal with the students. They have
physically assaulted students, but brain washed the kids to believe it's
because they are being non-compliant with the program. This "program" brain
washes everyone outside of the compound, mainly parents and Connecticut's
Department of children and family services. I also found out that they
receive their funding from DCF as well as New England Association of schools
and colleges. I'm pretty sure the states that the students come from is who
pays the tuition, as well as unsuspected parents."
|Kathi Fitzherbert||Admissions Director|
|(Devereux Glenholme (aka The Glenholme School), 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.)|
SURVIVOR ACCOUNT #1
Everything in my statement is true. I give HEAL permission to use my statement. I was sent to Devereux-Glenholme in March of 1993. It is disguised as a boarding school, with children from well to do families residing there and some children from the ward of the state. They section of the children that are ward of the state and place them in a smaller sized setting with about 12 other children with various problems ranging from Obsessive compulsive disorder to seizures. The children whose parents are paying money directly from pocket get this luxurious 12 bedroom house further down the campus with a horse farm included. They eat different foods and receive privledges seperate from the rest of the campus. Thye do not have to do the following, as would the rest of the foundation: Stand behind a chair and wait to eat for up to 20 minutes (this was called proper etiqutte), standing in a corner facing the wall for hours (called a "quiet setting"), if deemed "appropriate", sent to a "time out setting", which consisted of a very dark room that had a camera installed. It constantly smelled of urine because you weren't permited to use the rest room until they allowed. There was no specific criteria for this room, but if you were mouthy you were sent there. I can honestly say I never saw any of the children out of line or abusive towards the adults that such a measure of intervention was needed. No time limit is given, and the staff are fed this propaganda as so to lighten the affects of the screaming and crying of the child inside. You could hear them begging to use the bathroom, and were completely ignored. This can be proven.Until this day I still have bad dreams and I cannot stop them. I left there by attempting suicide and given a psychiatric evaluation. When I got to the hospital, the director of the program, Dr.Fitzgerald, had his circle of close associates escort me. They threatened to have me arrested for the attempt, claiming it was against the law at it was just like murder. I was told that when I got to the hospital, the staff members escorting me would do the talking, and I would be returning to the campus, sent to the "quiet room", and be put in a "training setting", which involved you being humilated and put with the kindergarden children and made to walk throughout the hallways with them.You could not speak for a maximum of 3 days. Through the theraputic language, they are able to entice the parents and states attention. It attracts the rich because they see the lucious hills and beautiful EXTERIOR of the campus. They use rich language and have the prestigious supervisors answering calls and acting as tourists. For the state, they see it as an oppourtunity for the poor children of fostercare to have a better chance at life.All they do with the poorer child is abuse and demise them. The african american children, as I remember, weren't allowed to listen to any form of jazz, rhythm and blues, or rap. Braids or any other afro-centric hairstyle was not allowed. When it was time for clothing allowances to be given for the fostercare children, they were taken to a basement that was filled with donated clothing! I now know the state gives about $260.00 every season for clothing. I believe this money is used elsewhere to possibly "beautify" the campus,. I would truly want to see this foundation exposed for who they really are. I am currently a student and seek to become an investigative social worker. I have high hopes that one day people will come forth and expose them.
SURVIVOR ACCOUNT #2
DECLARATION UNDER PENALTY OF PERJURY
PURSUANT TO 28 USCA 1746
I, [PRIVATE], declare and state as follows:
1. The Devereux Glenholme School
3. June, 1998-August, 2000
4. There isn't a day that goes by that I fear what I might do if I am to meet a select group of supervisors from this facility who have taken pleasure in the active torture of children and adolescents and have made my life a living hell since I rotted in this pit for over two years.
If there is anything good about this universe, someone will investigate the criminal acts against children and teenagers perpetrated in this abomination. This was over a decade ago: I still am haunted almost every night by dreams of the torture endured at this institution.
I don't wish to name names, but I hope they have cleaned up
their act significantly. There are some things in this world that
destroy us as a society and I see this "school"; a place where I have
the unfortunate truth of having witnessed the physical embodiment of
evil, to be an entity responsible for tearing apart the lives of young
human beings that must be held accountable for its actions. Please,
someone, help prevent the further destruction of human lives made
possible by Devereux Glenholme.
I give HEAL permission to use this statement. I declare under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct. February 19th 2009.
SPECIAL NOTE: Please leave all information pertaining to me anonymous. I am still fearful that those who tortured me will somehow receive this information and find me. It is this fear; illogical as it might be, that seems too much of a reality to this day to speak openly about the things that were done to me and other children and adolescents at this institution.
|AHCA report cites kicking, spitting on teens, other reported abuses at Devereux House--July 29th, 2009--A Tallahassee group home for troubled teens currently under criminal investigation by law-enforcement officials was shut down by state health-care regulators in May following troubling reports of physical and verbal abuse of residents by center employees. For complete story, click here.|
|Sexual assault victim sues Connecticut school The Devereux Glenholme School in Washington, Connecticut. Facebook photo By The Associated Press and Staff Reports Posted: 07/09/14, 1:52 PM EDT | Updated: 3 days ago # Comments A Litchfield County school has been accused in a lawsuit of failing to prevent a female staff member from sexually abusing an emotionally disturbed 16-year-old boy. The suit was filed Wednesday in Stamford Superior Court on behalf of the former student, now 19, against Devereux Glenholme School, a therapeutic boarding school in Washington. The staff member, Brittany Larson, was sentenced to nine months in prison last year after she pleaded guilty to second-degree sexual assault under the Alford doctrine in which a defendant doesn’t agree with the allegations but concedes the state has enough evidence to convict. Larson no longer works for the school. The lawsuit alleges the school and the Devereux Foundation, which runs a national network of schools and treatment facilities including Glenholme, failed to take reasonable steps to supervise its staff and the student. The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages, saying the student suffered serious emotional and psychological injuries as a result. The school had no immediate comment Wednesday. Messages left with the foundation and with an attorney for Larson also were not immediately returned. The Associated Press generally does not identify victims of sexual assault unless they come forward publicly. Attorney Paul Slager, who filed the lawsuit, said it is “an accurate summary of the sad events that led to this young man’s injuries.” Slager declined further comment. The student and his family sought out Glenholme because he suffered from emotional disturbance and the school offered a therapeutic educational setting with 24-hour supervision, according to the lawsuit. The school was aware of the teen’s disabilities and need for strict supervision, the suit says. When he was 15, the student met Larson, who was assigned to provide one-on-one supervision, and he exchanged numerous inappropriate computer messages with her using a school computer, the suit says. The exchange should have alerted the school to an inappropriate sexual relationship between the boy and Larson, who was 27 at the time, the lawsuit says. Eventually, the complaint alleges, Larson and the teenager had sexual contact, followed by numerous incidents of sexual contact in different places on the Glenholme School campus over several months in 2011. Those incidents constituted sexual abuse, sexual exploitation or sexual assault, the lawsuit says. According to an arrest affidavit, staff members at the school for 10- to 18-year-olds became suspicious of an inappropriate relationship after discovering racy online interactions with on the victim’s Facebook page. The school reported the matter to authorities and terminated Larson’s employment. A New Milford resident, Larson turned herself in to Connecticut State Police during the week of Columbus Day 2011 after an investigation into the assault. In May 2013, Judge James Ginocchio in Litchfield Superior Court sentenced Larson to 10 years in prison, suspended after she served nine months. According to a website for the Sabbaday Lane school, “The Glenholme School is a therapeutic boarding school for young people, ages 10 to 18, diagnosed with Asperger’s, ADHD, PDD, OCD, Tourette’s, depression, anxiety, and various learning differences. The program provides a treatment milieu designed to build competence socially and academically. Glenholme’s learning environment supports and enhances the success of special needs students.” Source: http://www.middletownpress.com/general-news/20140709/sexual-assault-victim-sues-connecticut-school|
|Morristown group home complaints bring action Story Comments ShareShare Print Create a hardcopy of this page Font Size: Default font size Larger font size Related Documents Letter from Devereaux to Morristown Mayor Tim Dougherty This letter was sent to Morristown Mayor Timothy Dougherty by the Devereaux Foundation on Nov. 6 addressing issues involving the group Home on Headley Road in Morristown. Posted: Thursday, November 13, 2014 12:15 am Morristown group home complaints bring action 0 comments MORRISTOWN – Although the Morristown Council has taken the step to ask the state to revoke the license of the Devereux Foundation’s group home for teens on Headley Road, additional steps are being taken by both sides to make changes to how the house is run. The Council on Tuesday, Oct. 21, passed a resolution to ask the state to rescind the group home’s license following months of complaints from residents the nonprofit Devereux Foundation is letting poorly supervised teenage boys roam the street where they harass and intimidate neighbors. Although the vote was unanimous, Councilwoman Alison Deeb, the lone Republican on the governing body, complained she was being left out of the loop regarding the council’s decision-making process. “I hate to think it’s political,” Deeb said Friday, “but the Devereux house is in my (Fourth) ward.” Nevertheless she said she felt progress has been made in the time since the council passed the resolution. She noted a private meeting was held between the neighborhood and Devereux representatives last Friday in which Devereux was to have discussed remedial steps it plans to make. “I do think the situation is moving in the right direction,” Deeb said. “It is apparent now that Devereux wants to make productive changes, which is a positive thing. The mayor’s office is engaged which is good.” Among the steps the council is taking, besides asking the state to rescind the license, is having town attorney Vij Pawar look into whether the town can charge for “excessive” calls out to town authorities. “It has been observed that Devereux lacks the appropriate level of security and should be held accountable,” Deeb said. “Since we require bar owners to provide extra security a precedent has been set. Why can’t Devereux provide their own security? If not, why shouldn’t they pay for ours?” She added if the town charged for services, it would mean “we hold Devereux accountable and reduce taxpayer burden since Devereux does not pay any taxes yet has exorbitant demand for our municipal services.” Joanne Farrell, who has lived next door to the group home for 20 years, said for the first 18 years there was no issue. “They were fine,” she said. “It has only been in the last two years things have gotten out of hand.” Farrell said the issue is not of being unwelcoming to the teens, all of whom are mentally disabled in some way. “We’re not unwelcoming. I’m a teacher. I understand and am sympathetic to their needs. It’s the lack of supervision and the physical deterioration of the building that is the issue.” She noted one of the boys had smashed all the windows in the front of the house. “There was a time all the windows were boarded up,” she said. She also noted the porch step railings had been torn out. “One boy was found wandering all alone,” she said. Farrell said she attended the Friday meeting and said the residents and Devereux had discussed where things stand now. “No one seems to know,” Farrell said. “We know the council wants the license revoked but the two sides seem to be talking with each other.” Devereaux supplied a letter Chief Executive Director Robert Krieder sent to Mayor Timothy Dougherty on Nov. 6 addressing the group home. It is attached to this article. Krieder notes the teens have behavioral issues but criticizes the community for not being welcoming t the teens. Farrell commented that because Krieder is not experiencing the issues doesn't really understand them. "Devereux may be a fine organization but the CEO is not here to see what is happening," she said. On its website it describes itself as “one of the oldest and largest nonprofit providers of behavioral healthcare in the country. Across its national network, Devereux partners with families, schools and communities in order to help some of our nation’s most vulnerable individuals achieve happiness and personal fulfillment. We provide a continuum of care for children, adolescents and adults faced with intellectual and developmental disabilities, autism spectrum disorders and mental health challenges, including psychiatric hospitals, residential and day treatment programs, community-based group homes, respite care programs, supervised apartments, foster care homes, special education day schools, and vocational and pre-vocational training. These programs and services positively impact the lives of thousands of individuals, and their families, each year.” Source: http://newjerseyhills.com/morris_news_bee/news/morristown-group-home-complaints-bring-action/article_84aa6d5d-430b-596b-903c-c24bd83da380.html|
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Last Updated:November 17th, 2014