This is a  staff list for North Spring Behavioral Healthcare in Leesburg, VA

(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 North Spring Behavioral Healthcare.  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 North Spring Behavioral Healthcare, you have the right to take action. 

 

If you were harmed (family or survivor) by North Spring Behavioral Healthcare, 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 is currently investigating North Spring Behavioral Healthcare.

 

Name

Unit/Position

Additional Information
David Winters CEO Winters is not a licensed mental health professional, counselor, psychologist, nor social worker in Virginia.  Source:  https://secure01.virginiainteractive.org/dhp/cgi-bin/search_publicdb.cgi   Education: Unknown
Jack Apsche Clinical Consultant Apsche is not a licensed mental health professional, counselor, psychologist, nor social worker in Virginia.  Apsche is a licensed clinical psychologist in West Virginia.  Source:  https://secure01.virginiainteractive.org/dhp/cgi-bin/search_publicdb.cgi  He is the "father" of "Mode Deactivation Therapy".  Education: Temple University
Robia Fields Medical Director Fields is a licensed psychiatrist in Virginia and has been since March, 1998.    Source:  https://secure01.virginiainteractive.org/dhp/cgi-bin/search_publicdb.cgi.  Parents may wish to ask whether or not Fields does more than prescribe and "manage" psychotropic drug use. Education: University of Missouri--Columbia Medical School (1989) and University of Kentucky--Lexington (1994).
Steve Seeger Dir. of Human Resources Seeger is not a licensed mental health professional, counselor, psychologist, nor social worker in Virginia.  Source:  https://secure01.virginiainteractive.org/dhp/cgi-bin/search_publicdb.cgi  Education: University of Richmond, University of Phoenix. 

"The Justice Department announced today that the University of Phoenix has agreed to pay the United States $67.5 million to resolve allegations that its student recruitment policies violated the False Claims Act.  This case began as a whistleblower action filed in the Eastern District of California under the False Claims Act, which permits private citizens to bring lawsuits for fraud on behalf of the United States and to share in any recovery. Whistleblowers Mary Hendow and Julie Behn, two former University of Phoenix employees, alleged that the university accepted federal student financial aid while in violation of statutory and regulatory provisions prohibiting post-secondary schools from paying admissions counselors certain forms of incentive-based compensation tied to the number of students recruited. Though the United States did not intervene in this action, the Government provided support and assistance to the whistleblowers at many stages of the case, including filing friend-of-the-court briefs when the case was on appeal to the Ninth Circuit. The two whistleblowers will receive $19 million from the settlement."

The University of Phoenix does not have the specialized accreditation necessary for degrees in psychology.  (Source: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/Search.aspx)   It is accredited for teaching and nursing degrees.

Rob Fouche Nurse Manager/RN Fouche is not a licensed nurse in Virginia.  Source:  https://secure01.virginiainteractive.org/dhp/cgi-bin/search_publicdb.cgi  Education: University of Phoenix

"The Justice Department announced today that the University of Phoenix has agreed to pay the United States $67.5 million to resolve allegations that its student recruitment policies violated the False Claims Act.  This case began as a whistleblower action filed in the Eastern District of California under the False Claims Act, which permits private citizens to bring lawsuits for fraud on behalf of the United States and to share in any recovery. Whistleblowers Mary Hendow and Julie Behn, two former University of Phoenix employees, alleged that the university accepted federal student financial aid while in violation of statutory and regulatory provisions prohibiting post-secondary schools from paying admissions counselors certain forms of incentive-based compensation tied to the number of students recruited. Though the United States did not intervene in this action, the Government provided support and assistance to the whistleblowers at many stages of the case, including filing friend-of-the-court briefs when the case was on appeal to the Ninth Circuit. The two whistleblowers will receive $19 million from the settlement."

(Source: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/Search.aspx)   It is accredited for teaching and nursing degrees.

Bill Gitzen CFO Education: George Mason University, Marymount University (Finance)
Sara Brunetti Admissions Director Brunetti is not a licensed mental health professional, counselor, psychologist, nor social worker in Virginia.  Source:  https://secure01.virginiainteractive.org/dhp/cgi-bin/search_publicdb.cgi 

Education: University of Phoenix

"The Justice Department announced today that the University of Phoenix has agreed to pay the United States $67.5 million to resolve allegations that its student recruitment policies violated the False Claims Act.  This case began as a whistleblower action filed in the Eastern District of California under the False Claims Act, which permits private citizens to bring lawsuits for fraud on behalf of the United States and to share in any recovery. Whistleblowers Mary Hendow and Julie Behn, two former University of Phoenix employees, alleged that the university accepted federal student financial aid while in violation of statutory and regulatory provisions prohibiting post-secondary schools from paying admissions counselors certain forms of incentive-based compensation tied to the number of students recruited. Though the United States did not intervene in this action, the Government provided support and assistance to the whistleblowers at many stages of the case, including filing friend-of-the-court briefs when the case was on appeal to the Ninth Circuit. The two whistleblowers will receive $19 million from the settlement."

The University of Phoenix does not have the specialized accreditation necessary for degrees in psychology.(Source: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/Search.aspx)   It is accredited for teaching and nursing degrees.

Diane Creech Marketing/Business Dev. Creech holds no professional licenses in VA.  Source:  https://secure01.virginiainteractive.org/dhp/cgi-bin/search_publicdb.cgi
Kelly Neverson Dir. of Risk Management Neverson is not a licensed mental health professional, counselor, psychologist, nor social worker in Virginia.  Source:  https://secure01.virginiainteractive.org/dhp/cgi-bin/search_publicdb.cgi  Education: University of Maryland, Argosy University

HEAL requires information on which Argosy University campus Neverson attended to verify proper accreditation for degree claimed.  Source: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/Search.aspx

Evert Lammers Dir. of Plant Operations Formerly worked at Copper Hills Youth Center in UtahLammers is not a licensed mental health professional, counselor, psychologist, nor social worker in Virginia.  Source:  https://secure01.virginiainteractive.org/dhp/cgi-bin/search_publicdb.cgi
Michael Johnson Asst. Dir. of Res. Svcs. There are too many Michael Johnson's in Virginia to verify this Michael Johnson without middle name/middle initial.  Source:  https://secure01.virginiainteractive.org/dhp/cgi-bin/search_publicdb.cgi  Education: Virginia State University
Julie Lewerenz Psychiatrist Lewerenz is not a licensed doctor, mental health professional, counselor, psychologist nor social worker in Virginia.  Lewerenz does appear to be licensed as a medical doctor in New Jersey and Tennessee.  Source:  https://secure01.virginiainteractive.org/dhp/cgi-bin/search_publicdb.cgi  Education: Vassar College, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (1995-NJ)  Robert Wood Johnson Medical School is not a nationally accredited school.  And, it is not accredited as a proper medical school.  Source: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/Search.aspx   Robert Wood Johnson Medical School is solely accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc.  And, this is not a nationally recognized/accepted accreditation agency for degree granting institutions.

Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc., Accreditation

Commission

Active

1969/2006/Fall 2011

Scope of recognition: the accreditation of both clinical pastoral education (CPE) centers and

CPE and Supervisory CPE programs located within the United States and territories. Title IV

Note: Accreditation by this agency does not enable the entities it accredits to establish

eligibility to participate in Title IV programs.

Teresa E. Snorton, Executive Director

1549 Claremont Road, Suite 103

Decatur, GA 30033-4611

Tel. (404) 320-1472

Fax. (404) 320-0849

E-mail address: acpe@acpe.edu

Web address: www.acpe.edu

(CPE) - Clinical pastoral education (CPE) centers offering CPE programs

(SCPE) - Clinical pastoral education (CPE) centers offering CPE and supervisory CPE programs

ACPE describes itself as: "The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. (ACPE) is a multicultural, multifaith organization devoted to providing education and improving the quality of ministry and pastoral care offered by spiritual caregivers of all faiths through the clinical educational methods of Clinical Pastoral Education."  Source: acpe.edu  As a ministry, it is not an approved scientific/medical accreditation agency.

Jacquelynn Hollman Program Director Hollman is a licensed clinical psychologist in Virginia.  But, she has only been licensed since January, 2010.  Source: https://secure01.virginiainteractive.org/dhp/cgi-bin/search_publicdb.cgi  Education: Ohio State University, Biola University
Laurie Slavit Program Dir. for Mode Deactivation Slavit is not a licensed doctor, mental health professional, counselor, psychologist nor social worker in Virginia.  Source:  https://secure01.virginiainteractive.org/dhp/cgi-bin/search_publicdb.cgi   Education: University of Maryland
Jonathan Johnson Clinical Coordinator Jonathan A. Johnson (may be a different person) is a licensed sex offender treatment provider only.  And,  he has only been licensed since April, 2011.  Source:  https://secure01.virginiainteractive.org/dhp/cgi-bin/search_publicdb.cgi  Education: West Virginia University
Dan Towery Therapist Towery is not a licensed doctor, mental health professional, counselor, psychologist nor social worker in Virginia.  Source:  https://secure01.virginiainteractive.org/dhp/cgi-bin/search_publicdb.cgi  Education: Liberty University
Elaine Johnson Animal Assisted Therapist Johnson is not a licensed doctor, mental health professional, counselor, psychologist nor social worker in Virginia.  Source:  https://secure01.virginiainteractive.org/dhp/cgi-bin/search_publicdb.cgi
Meredith Graham Therapist Graham is not a licensed doctor, mental health professional, counselor, psychologist nor social worker in Virginia.  Source:  https://secure01.virginiainteractive.org/dhp/cgi-bin/search_publicdb.cgi  Education: Texas A & M University (2003), Nova Southeastern University (2010) 
Darryl Funk Therapist Funk is licensed solely as a certified substance abuse counselor in VA.  Source: https://secure01.virginiainteractive.org/dhp/cgi-bin/search_publicdb.cgiThe Washington Center for Consciousness Studies is not an accredited degree program.  This information is confirmed at http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/Search.aspx.  Here is their website: http://www.meditatelive.com/.  They are not properly licensed nor accredited.  According to the Navy Certification Board, "Mr. Funk graduated from our school as you indicated and was appropriately certified with the U.S. Navy Certification Board during the time he was on active duty.  The certification he held at that time was a  Navy specific credential and does not carry reciprocity.  I have no information on who he may be certified by since he left the Navy."  It appears his Naval certification does not translate to appropriate training for working with civilians. 
Rachel Helft Therapist Helft is not a licensed doctor, mental health professional, counselor, psychologist nor social worker in Virginia.  Source:  https://secure01.virginiainteractive.org/dhp/cgi-bin/search_publicdb.cgi  Education: George Mason University
Katharine Ryan Therapist Ryan is not a licensed doctor, mental health professional, counselor, psychologist nor social worker in Virginia.  Source:  https://secure01.virginiainteractive.org/dhp/cgi-bin/search_publicdb.cgi  Education: Marymount University, Argosy University
Marc Linovitz Therapist Linovitz is a licensed clinical social worker in VA and has been since 1993.  Source:  https://secure01.virginiainteractive.org/dhp/cgi-bin/search_publicdb.cgi  Education: Michigan State University, Wayne State University
Rachael Murphy Ryan Therapist Ryan is not a licensed doctor, mental health professional, counselor, psychologist nor social worker in Virginia.  Source:  https://secure01.virginiainteractive.org/dhp/cgi-bin/search_publicdb.cgi   (HEAL searched for Rachael Ryan, Rachael Murphy-Ryan, and Rachael Murphy)  Education: University of Maryland
Hilary Peterson Therapist Peterson is not a licensed doctor, mental health professional, counselor, psychologist nor social worker in Virginia.  Source:  https://secure01.virginiainteractive.org/dhp/cgi-bin/search_publicdb.cgi  Education: University of Jonesboro, John Brown University
Cindy S. Austin Recreation Specialist Austin is not a licensed doctor, mental health professional, counselor, psychologist nor social worker in Virginia.  Austin holds no professional licenses in VA.  Source:  https://secure01.virginiainteractive.org/dhp/cgi-bin/search_publicdb.cgi   Education: Edinboro University, Slippery Rock University, University of Pittsburgh
Miceala Brown Asst. Dir. of Admissions Brown is not a licensed doctor, mental health professional, counselor, psychologist nor social worker in Virginia.  Source:  https://secure01.virginiainteractive.org/dhp/cgi-bin/search_publicdb.cgi Education: Liberty University
Susie Kim Case Manager There are too many Susan Kim's licensed in various fields to determine whether this person holds any professional licenses without additional information.  There are no "Susie Kim's" with any professional licenses in Virginia.  Source:  https://secure01.virginiainteractive.org/dhp/cgi-bin/search_publicdb.cgi   Education: Virginia Tech
Owen Allie Case Manager Allie is not a licensed doctor, mental health professional, counselor, psychologist nor social worker in Virginia.  Source:  https://secure01.virginiainteractive.org/dhp/cgi-bin/search_publicdb.cgi 

Education: Argosy University (Arlington, VA), Castleta State College, University of Phoenix

"The Justice Department announced today that the University of Phoenix has agreed to pay the United States $67.5 million to resolve allegations that its student recruitment policies violated the False Claims Act.  This case began as a whistleblower action filed in the Eastern District of California under the False Claims Act, which permits private citizens to bring lawsuits for fraud on behalf of the United States and to share in any recovery. Whistleblowers Mary Hendow and Julie Behn, two former University of Phoenix employees, alleged that the university accepted federal student financial aid while in violation of statutory and regulatory provisions prohibiting post-secondary schools from paying admissions counselors certain forms of incentive-based compensation tied to the number of students recruited. Though the United States did not intervene in this action, the Government provided support and assistance to the whistleblowers at many stages of the case, including filing friend-of-the-court briefs when the case was on appeal to the Ninth Circuit. The two whistleblowers will receive $19 million from the settlement."

The University of Phoenix does not have the specialized accreditation necessary for degrees in psychology. (Source: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/Search.aspx)   It is accredited for teaching and nursing degrees.

Kate Jagoe Case Manager Jagoe is not a licensed doctor, mental health professional, counselor, psychologist nor social worker in Virginia.  Source:  https://secure01.virginiainteractive.org/dhp/cgi-bin/search_publicdb.cgi  Education: Eastern Kentucky University
Nancy Merriman Education Coordinator Nancy Ann Merriman (may be a different person) is a licensed collegiate professional in Virginia.  Source: https://p1pe.doe.virginia.gov/tinfo/searchteacher.do  Virginia reports Merriman's highest degree earned as a Bachelor's Degree. 
George Frimpong Special Ed Teacher Frimpong is a licensed collegiate professional in Virginia.  Source: https://p1pe.doe.virginia.gov/tinfo/searchteacher.do
Kelly Bungard Special Ed Teacher Bungard is a licensed collegiate professional and holds a provisional special education license in VA.  Source: https://p1pe.doe.virginia.gov/tinfo/searchteacher.do
Sheila Hershey English Teacher Hershey holds a provisional special education license only in VA.  Source: https://p1pe.doe.virginia.gov/tinfo/searchteacher.do
Fredricka Harris Social Studies Teacher Harris is not a licensed educator/teacher in Virginia.  Source: https://p1pe.doe.virginia.gov/tinfo/searchteacher.do
Cat Thompson Testing Coordinator There are multiple Catherine Thompson's that hold various educator licenses in Virginia.  HEAL would need "Cat" to specify her full name and middle name to verify whether or not this individual is licensed.  Source: https://p1pe.doe.virginia.gov/tinfo/searchteacher.do
Amy Vassar Special Ed Teacher Vassar is a licensed collegiate professional in VA.  Source: https://p1pe.doe.virginia.gov/tinfo/searchteacher.do
Joshua Russell Phys. Ed. Teacher Russell holds a provisional license only in VA.  Source: https://p1pe.doe.virginia.gov/tinfo/searchteacher.do
David Cole Science Teacher There are too many David Cole's holding educator licenses in VA to determine whether or not this "David Cole" is licensed without additional information.  Source: https://p1pe.doe.virginia.gov/tinfo/searchteacher.do
Alyssa Cross Music Teacher Cross is a licensed collegiate professional in VA.  Source: https://p1pe.doe.virginia.gov/tinfo/searchteacher.do
Kelsey Struder Art Teacher Struder is a licensed collegiate professional in VA.  Source: https://p1pe.doe.virginia.gov/tinfo/searchteacher.do
*(North Spring Behavioral Healthcare, 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.)
HEAL has received one parent/family complaint regarding North Star Behavioral Healthcare.
HEAL is in the process of reviewing the enrollment materials for North Spring Behavioral Healthcare.  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
North Spring Behavioral Healthcare is licensed as one of four programs operating under Psychiatric Solutions of Virginia, Inc.  The other three programs operating under Psychiatric Solutions of Virginia, Inc. are: Jefferson Trail Treatment Center in Charlottesville, Liberty Point Behavioral in Staunton, and The Hughes Center in Danville.
Inspection Report [Facility Location: The Hughes Center in Danville, VA]
 
Select Provider Name Begin Date Purpose
630-14-004-460 Psychiatric Solutions of Virginia, Inc. 02-01-2012 Unannounced Complaint Visit
630-14-004-458 Psychiatric Solutions of Virginia, Inc. 01-27-2012 Unannounced Complaint Visit
630-14-004-457 Psychiatric Solutions of Virginia, Inc. 01-27-2012 Unannounced Complaint Visit

Source: http://lpss.dbhds.virginia.gov/default.aspx

 

Ongoing/Current Investigation Report: VA Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (March, 2012)
Loudoun sheriff’s office continues investigation into teen’s death at North Spring health facility 3Share Monday, Nov. 27, 2017 by Chantalle Edmunds | 0 comments | Email this story Courtesy Photo/NorthSpringLeesburg.com Investigations are continuing into the death of a teenager who was found not breathing at a mental health treatment center in Leesburg Nov. 19. Loudoun County Sheriff's Office spokesman Kraig Troxell told the Times-Mirror the incident is a "death investigation which is treated as a homicide until proved otherwise." Troxell said the office is working with the medical examiner to determine the circumstances and the medical cause of death. The youth's age and identity have not been released. According to Troxell, the LCSO is awaiting toxicology reports to determine the cause of death. In a prepared statement, David Winters, CEO of North Spring Behavioral Healthcare, said he could confirm that an adolescent patient in residential treatment at North Spring Behavioral Healthcare “sadly and unfortunately passed away while being transported to our local community hospital’s Emergency Department.” “North Spring Behavioral Healthcare is deeply saddened by the loss of one of its patients and extends its heartfelt sympathy and condolences to family members and loved ones,” Winters said. "We have notified the appropriate authorities and we are providing our full cooperation as they investigate the incident. The care and safety of our patients, including their privacy, is North Spring’s top priority." “Due to stringent patient confidentiality and privacy laws, the facility is precluded from discussing any details regarding the care and treatment of any patient. North Spring Behavioral Healthcare remains fully committed to its mission of providing high quality treatment programs and services to patients with special, and sometimes complex, mental health needs,” he said. According to its website, North Spring offers residential programs "for emotionally disturbed youth struggling and in need of a structured residential setting."  Source: http://www.loudountimes.com/news/article/teens_unattended_death_at_leesburg_health_center_investigated432
Parent Complaint Submitted to Authorities, UHS, Inc. Representatives, and HEAL on 12/1/17 posted with the author's permission to help warn the public against placing any youth in this facility:

"On 12/1/2017 7:38 AM, Mohamed, Monique C CIV DHA COD FC (US) wrote:

Good Morning,

I am writing to file a complaint on behalf of my minor child (15) who is a current resident at North Springs Behavioral Health in Leesburg, VA. The complaint is regarding the following:

1. My son was punched in the chest by a staff member named "Ms. Gwen" in early October 2017. He reported this to me by telephone and I immediately asked to speak to a staff member. I initially spoke to "Ms. Amy" and eventually spoke to "Ms. Gwen" bout punching him in the chest. I reported the incident in writing to my son's assigned Case Manager. The written report, dated October 11, 2017, is attached to this email.

2. Following my report submission, my son shared with me that he was being made fun of by North Springs staff members. He reported receiving "dirty looks" from Ms. Gwen and sarcastic comments from another staff member such as "Oh, I can't play with you, you'll tell your Mom.

3. In the Treatment Team meeting held 10/30/2017 I mentioned the report and asked why I hadn't received any confirmation of receipt nor any follow up. I was told by the Unit Coordinator, Harry Fosque, that it had been handled. Some sort of communication would have been nice, especially since I am a parent making a written complaint about my child being physically punched by a staff member. I mentioned my son's report about retaliation from staff and my concerns that behaviors from staff members, such as those described by my son, could potentially deter a resident from reporting mistreatment or abuse by staff to their parents. I've never heard anything else about how the behaviors would be remedied. Instead, they have increased.

4. During a family therapy session with my son and his therapist, Paula Marcolin, on 11/20/2017 Paula shared with me that Torian complained of being "targeted" by one staff member in particular. He had received several consequences for minor infractions consistently for a period of time. Paula said she spoke to another staff member on my son's unit regarding his allegation and the other staff member, Mr. Corey, confirmed that it did indeed appear that "she had it out for him." I addressed this with the Treatment Team during a Treatment Team meeting held 11/27/2017. No one had anything to say. Matter of fact, Harry Fosque made a statement "It is what it is." This to me is an example of the staff's lackadaisical approach to Parent and Resident concerns and complaints.

5. My son has filed SEVERAL written grievances and complaints. He has told me of at least 5, one of which he wrote while we were on the phone together. He complained to me last night that he "just can't take anymore." He says his grievances and complaints have NEVER been addressed. No one has ever come to speak with him about his complaints. As his parent, no one has ever mentioned his written complaints to me, nor how they intend to address them. It appears that his grievances have been ignored. I know personally that he filed a complaint regarding his feeling disrespected by staff. In response, my son reported once staff member continually calling him "Sir" in a sarcastic tone, emphasizing the word "Sir". "How are you today SIR?" "Oh, I'm sorry, I don't want to disrespect you SIR," etc. Unacceptable behavior from an adult staff member. Where are all of his grievances? What's the procedure for responding to a resident's complaint?

6. I can attest to the staff's non-responsiveness from my own experiences. I received no response to my written incident report of my child being punched. I sent an email (attached) to the Treatment Team regarding Therapist concerns, among other things. Several weeks passed before Abdus Samad sent me an email wondering if anyone ever responded to me. I replied that I had not. Following that email, I still had received no information or communication of any sort. I questioned that status of my written concern during the Treatment Team meeting held on 11/27/2017. Initially, no one even knew what I was talking about. After I spent some time refreshing their memories everyone began to play hot potato about whose responsibility it was to respond to me. In my opinion, how much effort does it take to respond to a parent's concern with a response as simple as "Hey, got your email. We're working on responding and will get back to you." Simple. But to entirely ignore for nearly a month, and then shift the blame/responsibility isn't the best idea.

7. My son's Day Pass, which would allow him to come home and eat Thanksgiving Dinner and return in the evening was granted and then disapproved by Harry Fosque the week of Thanksgiving. I received a phone call from Paula Marcolin on Monday 11/20/2017 notifying me that he wouldn't be allowed to come home because his pass had been pulled for "kissing a boy in the hallway." She said that she'd spoken to my son, who was very upset because the boy kissed him and it was NOT consensual. Please also know that my son had made previous complaints about this same young man exposing himself to my son in their room. My son slept in the "quiet room" on the Unit in order to avoid sleeping in the room with the young man because the young man was masturbating and my son didn't want to be in the same room.

I told her that he had been behaving safely in the previous weeks, and doubted that this constituted his pass being pulled, whether it was consensual or not, and I was requesting that he still be able to come eat dinner. No staff member witnessed the incident, but several of the other boys on the unit did witness it. The other boys said the young man DID kiss my son without his permission and it was not consensual. Staff, however, namely Harry Fosque, Mr. Tom, and an additional nurse told Paula that they saw the video and it appeared to be consensual. I requested to see the tape and was denied. I asked why they wouldn't take the eyewitness accounts of the other boys into consideration and was told by Harry Fosque, "well, they're kids..." Dr. Pope said that she'd review the tape, and at that time Harry shared that there is no tape anymore. How did it conveniently disappear? Or, did staff's retaliation lead them to be willing to ruin a child's Thanksgiving because of their own bitter feelings? This disappearance of evidence is concerning to me, especially since a young child has allegedly died at the hands of two North Springs staff members while being placed in a "hold" and unable to breathe just last month. I pushed until I received approval for my son to come and have dinner with his family for the Holiday.

8. An additional complaint I personally have regarding responsiveness would be the delay in scheduling my son's Neuro Psychological evaluation. My son's stay at North Springs is funded partially by the Prince William County Community Services Board (PWCCSB). PWCCSB approved funding for the evaluation two months ago. I've requested status on the appointment scheduling at both of the previous Treatment Team Meetings. I was met with the same response: confusion about what I'm talking about, followed by the blame game. I attended the Treatment team meeting held on 11/27/2017 by telephone. When I spoke to my son that evening, he shared with me that members of the team were "making faces and comments to each other" about me and their obvious irritation with me pressing for responses. This is highly unprofessional. What message does that send to my child, in my absence?

Mr. Caponi, I am not a parent who takes my child's life, well being, feelings, or safety lightly. I keep detailed records and I keep an open repoire with my son. I did not admit him into this facility because I'm looking for a daycare center or somewhere to stash him away. I'm looking for HELP, and not just any help, I want the BEST help UHS and North Springs has to offer. I'm willing to ruffle as many feathers as need be in order to get him exactly what he deserves. And, if the staff wants to make faces because I'm pushing them to do their jobs, then by all means. But, make the faces while you get it done and it would be preferable that they did so outside of my son's presence. It appears that staff may forget that these are children with issues. This facility serves as a safe haven, but in the case of my son as well as the child who died at the hands of North Springs staff members, it has not been so. I want my son's grievances addressed. Retaliation and unethical treatment are both things that are contrary to UHS' Mission Statement. Please notify me of how and when the issues detailed above will be addressed. Thank you.

Monique Mohamed
Contract Specialist Component Acquisition Executive (J-4)
DoD-Defense Health Agency Headquarters
Contracting Operations -FC

 

 Last Updated: December 6th, 2017

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