This is a  staff list for KidsPeace in Schnecksville, PA

(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 KidsPeace.  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 KidsPeace, you have the right to take action. 

 

If you were harmed (family or survivor) by KidsPeace, 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.

 

HEAL recommends against placing any child at KidsPeace.

 

Name

Unit/Position

Additional Information
David Small Chairman Board of Directors
Mary Jane Willis First Vice Chair  
Dr. Larry Bell Second Vice Chair  
Dr. Ira Blake Board Member  
J. Jackson Eaton Board Member  
Joe H. Folger Board Member  
Dwayne Leslie Board Member  
John W. Marsland Board Member  
Joel H. Newman Board Member  
Richard H. Oeler Board Member  
Dr. Constance Porter Board Member  
L. Richard Plunkett Board Member  
Dr. Scott Reines Board Member  
Dr. Joann Spencer Board Member  
Richard Tisinger, Sr. Board Member  
William Isemann President, CEO  
James Horan CFO  
Michael Slack VP of Business Dev.  
Susan Mullen VP for Programs  
Ann F. Ardoline Honorary Director  
Mrs. Inez Donley Honorary Director  
Frances Hesselbein Honorary Director  
Mr. Douglas Patt Honorary Director  
*(KidsPeace, 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.)
According to KidsPeace's website, KidsPeace is a member of the AACRC.

External Link: Kidspeace Employee Charged With Having Sex With Teen Client North Whitehall Twp.  (Article: http://articles.mcall.com/1997-02-20/news/3132121_1_social-worker-sexual-kidspeace)

External Link: Boys at KidsPeace report rape  (Article: http://blog.pennlive.com/lvbreakingnews/2007/06/boys_at_kidspeace_report_rape.html)
External Link: Child abuse reporting hotline employee investigated for allegedly laughing off Easton Hospital rape report  (Article: http://blog.pennlive.com/lehighvalley/2008/06/childline_investigated_for_lau.html)
External Link: State public welfare department restores KidsPeace licenses  (Article: http://blog.pennlive.com/lvbreakingnews/2007/12/state_public_welfare_departmen.html)
External Link: 50-foot flames rip through building at KidsPeace campus in North Whitehall  (Article:http://articles.mcall.com/2009-07-24/news/4411837_1_fire-departments-attic-fire-kidspeace)
External Link: Improper Restraint (Article: http://articles.mcall.com/1998-12-15/news/3221207_1_coroner-injuries-death)
External Link: Overdose on Methadone (Article: http://www.redorbit.com/news/health/1359578/kidspeace_teens_overdose_on_methadone/index.html)
External Link: Broken Bones While Being Restrained (Article: http://www.techzone360.com/news/2007/12/16/3166272.htm)
Department Of Public Welfare 4 critical errors identified in KidsPeace death Investigation: Girls stole methadone from worker, report says. June 26, 2008|By Matt Assad Of The Morning Call A state Department of Public Welfare investigation has revealed that two girls were on their way to a Narcotics Anonymous meeting April 16 when they swallowed 28 methadone pills they stole from their KidsPeace counselor the previous day. Sixteen-year-old Katherine Rice died two weeks later of a methadone overdose, and the other girl spent two days in a coma and faces what a relative says will be a "lifetime of care." A summary report obtained Wednesday by The Morning Call states KidsPeace has been cited for making four critical mistakes that helped lead to the death, including not properly supervising the girls and allowing narcotics to be in their reach. Meanwhile, KidsPeace last week closed the Saylorsburg youth center where the girls overdosed, in hopes of reopening the program in September at its main campus in North Whitehall Township, said KidsPeace spokesman Mark Stubis. State officials say KidsPeace has corrected the problems and is again free to accept youths into its program for troubled youths with substance abuse problems, once it's reopened. "They chose to move [the dual diagnosis program] to the main campus and we agreed," said Department of Public Welfare spokeswoman Anne Bale. "Obviously, there were problems surrounding this incident, but we've accepted their plan to correct them." Each year, KidsPeace serves 10,000 youths with behavioral problems in hundreds of foster homes and 65 centers in 10 states, including -- until now -- its Saylorsburg center for youths with a history of substance abuse. According to the state's report, a counselor on April 15 used her own car to take four girls to their dental appointments. On the way, two of the girls stole pills from an unspecified place in the car. A day later, the report says, the two girls took 28 methadone pills while being driven in a KidsPeace van to a Narcotics Anonymous meeting with several other girls. That night, at least one of the girls made a phone call and told a relative she had ingested some of the stolen pills. On the morning of April 17, counselors couldn't wake the girls, and both were rushed by helicopter to Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest. Rice never woke from her coma. The other 16-year-old woke in two days but spent nearly a month in LVH before being moved to a rehabilitation center in Pittsburgh, said her uncle Don Ramirez of Martinsburg, W.Va. Severe nerve damage has left the girl unable to walk and with only partial use of her right arm. Ramirez said doctors have told him she might never regain full use of her legs. "She's looking at a lifetime of care for this," Ramirez said Wednesday. "She's suffered irreversible damage." The counselor, who was prescribed methadone for chronic back pain, was initially placed on paid leave but has since chosen not to return to work, Bale said. According to the state report, KidsPeace was cited for allowing a counselor to transport the girls in her personal car and for keeping the methadone where they could easily get it. KidsPeace has rewritten its policies, dictating youths will be transported only in facility vehicles and that any counselor taking a prescription drug must keep it secured in a place where youths have no access to it. In addition, KidsPeace was cited for not providing adequate supervision. There should have been a second counselor to help supervise the girls during the trips to the dentist and Narcotics Anonymous meeting. In each case, the only counselor was the driver, state officials said. And finally, the call by the girl the night she took the drugs should have been supervised, according to the report. KidsPeace agreed to provide a second counselor for all transports of youth and will reiterate its policy that all phone calls made by youths in the program be supervised. Stubis said KidsPeace had been considering moving the dual diagnosis center from Saylorsburg before the overdoses. At the Orchard Hill campus in North Whitehall, it will be closer to doctors and other treatment staff, he said. The last youth was discharged from the Saylorsburg center last Thursday. KidsPeace will begin accepting youths into the program when the new center opens in the fall, Stubis said. "This should not have happened, but we are going to work hard to strengthen our policies to ensure the safety of all of the youths we serve," Stubis said. "This was a tragedy for all of us. The pain will linger for a long, long time." matthew.assad@mcall.com 610-861-3617 THE FINDINGS A state investigation into the death of a KidsPeace resident found four critical mistakes were made that led to the death of one girl and the hospitalization of another: Not properly supervising the two girls. Allowing narcotics to be within reach of the two girls. Allowing a counselor to transport the girls in her car. Not supervising the phone call made by one of the girls. Source: Department of Public Welfare  Related Articles Aunt: Girls took pills through night May 5, 2008 Girl who OD'd at KidsPeace dies May 3, 2008 KidsPeace teens overdose on methadone April 26, 2008 KidsPeace methadone scandal is not isolated August 15, 2008 KidsPeace promotes new leader September 24, 2008 Find More Stories About Department Of Public Welfare Methadone Index by Keyword | Index by Date | Privacy Policy | Terms of Service Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.  Source: http://articles.mcall.com/2008-06-26/news/4123407_1_kidspeace-methadone-girls

 

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