(aka Fulshear Treatment to Transition)
(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 Fulshear Ranch Academy. 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 Fulshear Ranch Academy, you have the right to take action.
If you were harmed (family or survivor) by Fulshear Ranch Academy, 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 recommends against Fulshear Ranch Academy and advise anyone currently enrolled be rescued.
|Gayle Jensen-Savoie||Executive Director||Jensen-Savoie no longer appears to work for this program. Jensen-Savoie is a licensed professional counselor in TX and has been since 1991. Jensen-Savoie currently works for Seay Behavioral Health Center in Plano, TX. Jensen-Savoie's license # is: 10559. And, Savoie is "supervising" Diane Monroe (current clinical director at Fulshear) according to TX licensing authority. Source: https://vo.ras.dshs.state.tx.us/datamart/selSearchTypeTXRAS.do. File complaints about this professional here: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/plc/plc_complain.shtm|
|Norma V. L. Clarke||Psychiatrist||Formerly with the Menninger Clinic. "At the time of licensure, TMB verified the physician’s graduation from medical school as follows: UNIV OF THE WEST INDIES, FAC OF MEDICAL SCIENCES, MONA, JAMAICA". Clarke is a licensed medical doctor in TX and has been since 2003. Clarke's license # is: L7691. File complaints about this professional here: http://www.tmb.state.tx.us/dl/6F9E8324-D45D-D2D0-4D33-48B5A5171D7C|
|Dale Erdmann||Therapist||Erdmann no longer appears to work for this program. Erdmann is a licensed clinical social worker in TX and has been since 1986. Erdmann's license # is: 08202. File complaints about this professional here: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/plc/plc_complain.shtm|
|Shay Butts||Admissions||Butts no longer appears to work for this program. Butts is not a licensed mental health nor social work professional in TX. Source: https://vo.ras.dshs.state.tx.us/datamart/searchByNameTXRAS.do|
|Dustin Oebel||Ranch Manager||Oebel no longer appears to work for this program. Oebel is not a licensed mental health nor social work professional in TX. Source: https://vo.ras.dshs.state.tx.us/datamart/searchByNameTXRAS.do|
|Christopher Brown||Therapist||Brown no longer appears to work for this program. HEAL requires Brown's full name (including middle name) and/or license type and number in order to verify whether or not Brown holds any professional licenses in TX.|
|Tammie McLeod||Residential Director||McLeod no longer appears to work for this program. McLeod is not a licensed mental health nor social work professional in TX. Source: https://vo.ras.dshs.state.tx.us/datamart/searchByNameTXRAS.do|
|Nikki Preece||Executive Director (2016)||Preece is a licensed clinical social worker and has been so licensed since April, 2015. Preece's license # is: 60590. File complaints about this professional here: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/plc/plc_complain.shtm|
|Kevin Randall||Exec. Clinical Director||Kevin Lee Randall (may be a different person) is a licensed marriage and family therapist and has been so licensed since August, 2013. Randall's license # is: 202105. File complaints about this professional here: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/plc/plc_complain.shtm|
|Helaine Sandler||Admissions Director||Sandler is not a licensed mental health nor social work professional in TX. Source: https://vo.ras.dshs.state.tx.us/datamart/searchByNameTXRAS.do|
|Allyson Smith||Residential Director||Smith is not a licensed mental health nor social work professional in TX. Source: https://vo.ras.dshs.state.tx.us/datamart/searchByNameTXRAS.do|
|Monique Otufangavalu||Education Director||Otufangavalu is not a licensed mental health nor social work professional in TX. Source: https://vo.ras.dshs.state.tx.us/datamart/searchByNameTXRAS.do Otufangavalu is not a licensed/certified educator in TX. Source: https://secure.sbec.state.tx.us/sbeconline/virtcert.asp|
|Erin Law||Clinical Director||Law is not a licensed mental health nor social work professional in TX. Source: https://vo.ras.dshs.state.tx.us/datamart/searchByNameTXRAS.do|
|Diane Monroe||Clinical Director||Diane K. Monroe is a licensed professional counselor in TX and has been since July, 2014. Monroe's license # is: 69610. File complaints about this professional here: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/plc/plc_complain.shtm|
|Amber Day||R.N. Nurse||Amber Stegemiller Day is a licensed registered nurse in TX and has been since May, 2013. File complaints about this professional here: http://www.bon.texas.gov/discipline_and_complaints_policies_and_guidelines_filecomplaint.asp|
|Jeff Burgert||Therapist||Burgert is a licensed master social worker in TX and has been since April, 2012. File complaints about this professional here: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/plc/plc_complain.shtm|
|Aaron Duke||Therapist||Duke is not a licensed mental health nor social work professional in TX. Source: https://vo.ras.dshs.state.tx.us/datamart/searchByNameTXRAS.do|
|Chara Whiting||Therapist||Whiting is a licensed marriage and family therapist associate in TX and has been since October, 2014. Whiting's license # is: 202385. "LMFT Associate is a status for relatively new graduates. After fulfilling a supervised practice requirement, they earn the independent license." Source: http://www.mft-license.com/states/texas-mft-license.html#context/api/listings/prefilter File complaints about this professional here: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/plc/plc_complain.shtm|
|Shawn Webb-Young||Recovery Program Coor.||Webb-Young is registered (not licensed) solely as an LCDC Intern (CI) in TX and has been so licensed since September, 2012. "Applying for registration as a counselor intern (CI) is the first step towards becoming a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor." Source: https://www.dshs.state.tx.us/lcdc/lcdc_intern.shtm. No college is required for this status and a GED or High School Diploma is all the academic criteria needed. Webb-Young's registration # is: None (No license and no registration #) File complaints about this professional here: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/plc/plc_complain.shtm|
|Molly Freemantle||Equine Specialist||Freemantle is not a licensed mental health nor social work professional in TX. Source: https://vo.ras.dshs.state.tx.us/datamart/searchByNameTXRAS.do|
|Mike Otufangavalu||Campus Manager||Otufangavalu is not a licensed mental health nor social work professional in TX. Source: https://vo.ras.dshs.state.tx.us/datamart/searchByNameTXRAS.do Otufangavalu is not a licensed/certified educator in TX. Source: https://secure.sbec.state.tx.us/sbeconline/virtcert.asp|
|Amanda Huaracha||Campus Manager||Hauracha is not a licensed/certified educator in TX. Source: https://secure.sbec.state.tx.us/sbeconline/virtcert.asp|
|(Fulshear Ranch Academy, 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.)|
|This program does not include the enrollment agreement or program details online. They provide a "questionnaire-type" application and the horse-riding waiver only. HEAL is investigating.|
Preliminary Findings: (Review of
Fulshear Equine Release
Forms, & Fulshear
Medical Information Form)
The above links will provide full context for the discussion below. Due to the fact that HEAL does not have the enrollment agreement or program details, the preliminary review is for information purposes only.
On page 1, the program requests a lot of information regarding the referral source. HEAL recommends parents considering Fulshear inquire as to the purpose of asking for referral information and ask Fulshear if referrers (including former clients/parents) receive any compensation for their referrals. Many programs in this industry pay referral fees, often up to 10% of the contracted price of the program. And, this has lead to unethical practices in the consulting industry and with referral sources in general.
On page 2, the program requests the social security numbers of step-parents. This is a serious concern and is not requested on similar applications and contracts. This is sensitive information and unless the step-parent has a financial responsibility to the child through adoption or other legal arrangement, there is no acceptable reason for Fulshear to request this information. This is a minor concern.
Also, on page 2, the program asks for the names and ages of all siblings and where the siblings are currently living. Some contracts and applications request similar information, others do not. HEAL's concern is that the request is made for marketing purposes and to discern whether there are other children at home that can be enrolled in Fulshear or a similar program through referrals from Fulshear. This is a concern.
On page 3, the program asks the parent filling out the family history to describe the child's relationship with other family members, self, and peers. This is a concern. If a parent has reached the point where they are considering institutionalization, it is highly likely that the parent/child relationship is overly strained and suggests the parent would not be in an objective position or intimate enough position with their child to accurately determine the status and feelings the child has regarding those relationships. This is a mild concern.
On page 4, the program inquires if the child has been diagnosed with a mental disorder and requests that the parent explain and give the diagnosis. This is inappropriate. Any information regarding mental disorder diagnosis and explanation of said diagnosis should be made by a qualified professional who diagnosed the child. Asking the parent to describe this suggests unprofessionalism on the part of Fulshear in relying on emotion-driven and amateurish descriptions provided by parents instead of waiting for or reviewing legitimate mental health records provided by qualified providers.
Also, on page 4, the program requests parents describe any "bizarre or unusual behaviors". This is a concern because HEAL has received calls from parents and teens describing normal teen behaviors and labeling them as "bizarre or unusual". For instance, a Catholic parent called HEAL to complain that their child was reading a book on Judaism they checked out from the library. That parent was upset and considered it a "bizarre or unusual" behavior as their family is strictly Catholic. This family was considering placing their child in a behavior modification program to deal with this issue. Another parent called HEAL claiming that their 17 1/2 year old daughter was talking to teenage boys on the phone. This was against the rules of their home. They considered themselves a conservative family and had strict guidelines for their daughters. The girl was not having inappropriate conversations and attended a co-ed public school. Rule-breaking behavior is not "bizarre or unusual", especially when rules are seemingly unreasonable and disrespectful of the maturity and social/scholastic requirements of today.
On page 5, the program inquires if the teen is sexually active and whether the teen has special needs in regards to religion, ethnic identity, or sexual orientation. If a teen is of legal age to consent to sexual activity, it is not appropriate to institutionalize them to prevent them from exercising this right. Parents should see www.heal-online.org/parent.htm for parenting tips and suggestions.
On page 6, the program asks if the teen is placed into treatment under court order. This suggests the program may receive adjudicated youth and that may mean more "criminal" or "deviant" youths are placed with your child in the same treatment setting. This has been shown to create criminal-thoughts in children who were not predisposed to have such thoughts prior to being housed with those with criminal proclivities. This is a concern.
On page 9, the program inquires as to whether teen girls have had any abortions. This is a very private and personal issue and is not necessary pre-entry information. On an issue like abortion, in therapy, a girl or woman who has had such a procedure should be in control of who has that information and decide when it should be disclosed. It is a concern that this program steps over privacy lines in this way and by requesting the social security numbers of step-parents who are not expected to be financially responsible for their step-children.
Also on page 9, the program appears to focus on the goals the parent has for the child as opposed to providing a healing, therapeutic environment for a child in need of help. This is a concern and suggests a behavior modification atmosphere.
On page 10, the program continues with the parent's expectations of the program and of his/her daughter. But, the focus doesn't appear to be on looking at the family as a unit or system that needs help to better function and further appears to scapegoat the child. This is a concern.
Also on page 10, there is a non-refundable deposit of $1000 that is credited to the first month's tuition if the child is accepted. This is the only financial data available through the information provided to the public regarding this program and we include it for that reason only.
Fulshear Equine Release Forms
The Rider/Parent release forms are reasonable. HEAL recommends parents ask if Fulshear requires the girls to perform any ranch duties, including caring for the horses. Also, HEAL recommends parents get a photos and other confirmation that their child is being allowed to ride horses if that has been agreed upon. At many programs in this industry, such activities are claimed to be provided while the program actually uses the children as labor for their agri-business or animal husbandry operations. This is a mild concern and parents should inquire about the actual practices of the Ranch.
Fulshear Medical Information Forms
We found no issues with the medical information forms.
If you are a representative of Fulshear Ranch Academy and would like to provide HEAL with additional information for review, please e-mail us for more information and instructions or visit www.heal-online.org/helpteen.htm for more information.
|External Link: http://fulshearranchacademy.blogspot.com/2012/07/attending-treatment-at-fulshear-ranch.html|
Update: March 16th, 2016:
Fulshear Treatment to Transition/Fulshear Ranch Academy is not a licensed mental health facility in TX. Source: https://vo.ras.dshs.state.tx.us/datamart/selLicTypeTXRAS.do?type=name.
Since 2010, HEAL has received 15 complaints about this program.
Current and Former Employees Report:
"Hostile Work environment anonymous (Former Employee) – Needsville, Tx – January 22, 2015 This place was horrible I absolutely hated working there I just quit randomly but i had a job lined up. I really didn't like the executive director and residential director the education director. I checked the Website and the funny thing they were all gone. I complained to Upper management in Utah about them. Aparenently FRA was or is under investigation. I absolutely loved working with the girls it was just the staff that was horrible I felt like someone was always out to get rid of me so I decided it wasn't for me and quit. The treated the girls like prisoners. *They have all new staff so maybe some were fired or left due to complaints."
Current Employee reported: "no breaks, lunch or other wise"
Last Updated:March 16th, 2016