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Do you have or have you contracted with a "troubled program"?

This questionnaire will help you determine if you are or have contracted with a "troubled program" for teens.  If you answer yes to two or more of the following questions, you (or with whom you have contracted) is in immediate need of intervention.  The intervention we recommend is to cease operations of such facility as currently operated and/or remove your child and/or all children from said facility.  This may be a matter of life and death as many children and families have suffered debilitating and life-threatening results by entrusting their well-being to fraudulent, deceptively-marketed, and/or abusive facilities.




Does your troubled program operate without being properly licensed to provide services offered?  (Special Qualifier: Many programs in Utah are licensed per se, but, are not licensed to provide the types of services offered.  Some are licensed only as private schools or daycares and are not licensed as residential facilities or mental health service providers.)


Does your troubled program have a history of abuse or repeated and substantiated reports of abuse? (Special Qualifier: If you are uncertain what constitutes "abuse", please see and for more information.)

Does your troubled program use ambiguous terms and refuse to answer simple and direct questions?    
Does your troubled program avoid communicating honestly and cover up or excuse complaints and reports of abuse?    
Does your troubled program model itself after or associate heavily with other fraudulent and/or abusive programs?    
Does your troubled program hold children 14-years old or older against their will without court order and in violation of their due process rights?    
Does your troubled program use Positive Control Systems®, used by WWASPS, Aspen Education Group, and many others?    
Does your troubled program blame you/the parents for any failures of your/their child in the program as opposed to holding themselves accountable for their failures to provide proven and effective assistance to families in crisis?    
Does your troubled program include in contracts unconscionable waivers that remove any and all liability for intentional and negligent harm befalling a child in the program and place all liability with the families who have entrusted the care of their child to the program?  (For example, see and review the contract information.  There are other examples throughout the site, feel free to browse and learn more.)    
Does your troubled program match the warning signs at and/or are they unable to effectively and directly answer questions about their practices?    

Has your troubled program changed ownership/names/etc. repeatedly to distance itself from past wrongs while continuing in the same practices and/or with the same staff that led to those wrongs/lawsuits/complaints/etc.?


Again, if you answered yes to two or more of the above questions, you are dealing with a troubled program and immediate intervention is highly recommended.  We urge you to stop operations immediately unless and until you are effectively regulated and the care of children in your facility is guaranteed as opposed to waived away by unconscionable contract terms or other forms of coercion and intimidation.


If you have contracted with a troubled program and are now unsure how to proceed, please go to the program immediately and remove your child.  Your child will only be harmed by associating with a troubled program while living under their deception and immoral control.  For the sake and safety of your finances and your family, please remove your child from the program immediately and visit for resources on getting your money back. 



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