(we are working to acquire the complete records for ALL years)
THIS PROGRAM IS CLOSED.
We advise current and/or former staff to report any abuses you may have witnessed while working at the Ponca Pines 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 Ponca Pines Academy, you have the right to take action.
If you were harmed (family or survivor) by Ponca Pines 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 is currently investigating Ponca Pines Academy.
|Betsy Jacobson-Warren||Executive Director||Warren formerly worked for The Academy at Sisters in Bend, OR.|
|David Walker||Medical Director|
|Marti Finkel||Therapist||Finkel no longer appears to work for this program.|
|Kelly Lewis||Teacher||Lewis no longer appears to work for this program.|
|Carrie Iwen||Program Manager|
|*(Ponca Pines 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 provide program details or enrollment materials online or available to the general public. They do provide a "questionnaire-type" application document to the public, however, this does not assist in reviewing the program for legality and efficacy.|
|This program is accredited by the Joint Commission. The Joint Commission has been in repeat trouble for not protecting patient's rights and for not enforcing patient safety standards. See www.heal-online.org/jointcommission.pdf for additional information.|
"A money making machine interested in taking girls from upper middle class families that have some typical teenage difficulties and duping their parents into shipping them off for big money. Then, overcharging them for education, lodging and meals all while doing everything to keep the numbers up. E.g. Director Betsy Warren frequently stated that students should not be allowed to do work, even while getting A's and B's as their parents would then take them out and our numbers would drop.
E.g. Director Betsy Warren of Ponca Pines Academy or PPA frequently stated that students should not be allowed to do work, even while getting A's and B's as their parents would then take them out and our numbers would drop."
|UPDATE: On February 6th, 2020 HEAL volunteers found the article here https://strugglingteens.com/artman/publish/PoncaPinesAcademyBN_120614.shtml stating that this program closed in 2012. We followed up by visiting the website poncapinesacademy.org and found it no longer exists. We feel this is efficient confirmation that the program is closed.|
February 6th, 2020
Last Updated: February 6th, 2020