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)

 

 Last Updated: March 24th, 2012

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