This is a  staff list for Turning Winds (a.k.a. Turning Winds Academic Institute) in Hayden,  Idaho (and Troy, Montana)

(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 Turning Winds.  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 Turning Winds, you have the right to take action.

 

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

 

Please donít place your loved one in Turning Winds and rescue them if they are there now. 

 

Name

Unit/Position

Additional Information
John Baisden, Jr. Owner/Founder (HEAL's Illinois Coordinator, Patrick Liberg, is a victim of Turning Winds and is happy to discuss the abuses at this facility.)  Baisden is reportedly abusive.  Turning Winds apparently was formerly operated as Turning Winds Explorations, a "foster care group home" in Hayden, Idaho.  Baisden is not a licensed counselor, therapist, psychologist, nor social worker in Montana.  Source: https://app.mt.gov/lookup/index.html 
Larry Bauer Founder Bauer also ran/runs Glacier Mountain Academy, formerly known as Glacier Mountain Expeditions.  Glacier Mountain Academy lost it's license in Idaho.  "GLACIER MOUNTAIN ACADEMY. The Consumer Protection Unit investigated consumer complaints regarding a private school operating in Northern Idaho. The complaints stated that Glacier Mountain Academy advertised services and facilities that it did not provide and refused to refund tuition when children were removed from the school. The CPU entered into an Assurance of Voluntary Compliance with Glacier Mountain that required the business to correct its advertising practices. The Assurance of Voluntary Compliance also resulted in the business paying consumer restitution in the amount of $3000 and civil penalties to our office in the amount of $1000."  Also see blog about fraud and abuse at Glacier Mountain Academy.  Bauer is not a licensed counselor, therapist, psychologist, nor social worker in Montana.  Source: https://app.mt.gov/lookup/index.html 
John Baisden, Sr. VP/Co-Founder Baisden is reportedly abusive.  Baisden is not a licensed counselor, therapist, psychologist, nor social worker in Montana.  Source: https://app.mt.gov/lookup/index.html 
Owen Baisden VP of Operations Baisden is reportedly abusive.  Baisden is not a licensed counselor, therapist, psychologist, nor social worker in Montana.  Source: https://app.mt.gov/lookup/index.html 
Carl Baisden VP of Public Relations Baisden is reportedly nice at times, but, other times abusive.  Baisden is not a licensed counselor, therapist, psychologist, nor social worker in Montana.  Source: https://app.mt.gov/lookup/index.html 
Hank Birnbaum Admin. Asst. Birnbaum is not a licensed counselor, therapist, psychologist, nor social worker in Montana.  Source: https://app.mt.gov/lookup/index.html 
Daniel Rial Clinical Director Rial is a licensed psychologist from Fort Riley, KS.  He has been licensed since October, 2006.  Source: https://app.mt.gov/lookup/index.html
Bruce Boudousquie Therapist Boudousquie is a licensed professional counselor in Idaho and has been since 2004.  His license number in Idaho is 3283.  He is licensed through the  Idaho Bureau of Occupational Licenses.
Jacob Francom Academic Director Francom is a licensed educator in Montana.  Source: http://www.opi.mt.gov/Cert/index.html#gpm1_8
Scott Bertsch Teacher Bertsch is reportedly a very nice teacher.  Bertsch is a licensed "class 2" educator in Montana and is approved to teach K-8th Grade (not high school).  Source: http://www.opi.mt.gov/Cert/index.html#gpm1_8
Charmaine Baisden Nurse Baisden is not a licensed nurse in Montana.  She formerly was a licensed Registered Nurse, but, the license expired in December, 2010.  Source: https://app.mt.gov/lookup/index.html
Jared Baisden Night Staff Baisden is reportedly abusive.  Baisden is not a licensed counselor, therapist, psychologist, nor social worker in Montana.  Source: https://app.mt.gov/lookup/index.html 
Robin Blackburn Staff Blackburn is not a licensed counselor, therapist, psychologist, nor social worker in Montana.  Source: https://app.mt.gov/lookup/index.html 
Mae Chupp Night Staff Chupp is not a licensed counselor, therapist, psychologist, nor social worker in Montana.  Source: https://app.mt.gov/lookup/index.html 
Ernie Garza Shift Leader Garza is not a licensed counselor, therapist, psychologist, nor social worker in Montana.  Source: https://app.mt.gov/lookup/index.html 
Lory Garrison Night Staff Garrison is not a licensed counselor, therapist, psychologist, nor social worker in Montana.  Source: https://app.mt.gov/lookup/index.html 
Nick Glorioso Night Staff Glorioso is not a licensed counselor, therapist, psychologist, nor social worker in Montana.  Source: https://app.mt.gov/lookup/index.html 
Johnny Kirkpatrick Staff Kirkpatrick is not a licensed counselor, therapist, psychologist, nor social worker in Montana.  Source: https://app.mt.gov/lookup/index.html 
Marty Ledbeter Staff Ledbeter is not a licensed counselor, therapist, psychologist, nor social worker in Montana.  Source: https://app.mt.gov/lookup/index.html 
Fred Palmer Staff/Maintenance Palmer is not a licensed counselor, therapist, psychologist, nor social worker in Montana.  Source: https://app.mt.gov/lookup/index.html 
Krys Standley Staff Standley is not a licensed counselor, therapist, psychologist, nor social worker in Montana.  Source: https://app.mt.gov/lookup/index.html 
     
NO NAMES NO TITLES Turning Winds--Troy, MT Location--There is no additional information on staff at Turning Winds at this time.*
*(Turning Winds, 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.)

"GLACIER MOUNTAIN ED. SERVICES TROUBLE "
"(March 10, 2002)  Susan Drumheller reported about Glacier Mountain Educational Services, Cocolalla, Idaho, owned and operated by John Baisden, in the Spokesman-Review on Feb. 23, 2002 and March 10, 2002. Her article stated their foster care license has been revoked by the state Department of Health and Welfare. Bonner County filed a complaint that his facility has been operating without a conditional use permit, and it is under investigation by the Attorney General for false advertising and by the Bonner County Prosecutor for failure to report a crime."  

(Source: strugglingteens.com/archives/2002/3/seennheard02.html)

HEAL Report: Turning Winds (aka Turning Winds Academic Institute)
Turning Winds also appears to be doing business as Family Solutions Network, Inc.
Turning Winds does not keep it's enrollment materials available to the public.  We are in the process of reviewing an older enrollment agreement for this program.  If you have a current enrollment agreement for the Montana location and would like to share it with us, please do so.  You can e-mail us at info@heal-online.org for more information.
External Link: http://turningwindslawsuit.blogspot.com/2011/11/turning-winds-abuse.html
Turning Winds is NOT Licensed in Montana.  HEAL checked with the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services and found that Turning Winds is NOT licensed as any of the following and therefore not licensed to provide services claimed:

Turning Winds is NOT licensed as a Chemical Dependency Transitional Living Center.

Turning Winds is NOT licensed as a Community Home for Persons with Developmental Disabilities.

Turning Winds is NOT licensed as a Federally Qualified Health Center.

Turning Winds is NOT licensed as an Inpatient Chemical Dependency Treatment Center.

Turning Winds is NOT licensed as a Long-Term Care Facility.

Turning Winds is NOT licensed as a Mental Health Center.

Turning Winds is NOT licensed as an Outdoor Behavioral Program.

Turning Winds is NOT licensed as a Residential Treatment Facility.

Turning Winds is NOT licensed as a Specialty Mental Health Facility.

Turning Winds is NOT licensed as a Therapeutic Youth Group Home.

Turning Winds is NOT licensed as a Youth Group Home.

Turning Winds is NOT a licensed Youth Shelter Care provider.

However, Turning Winds Academic Institute is licensed as a private alternative adolescent program.  That is a "professional license" category for individuals and they are not properly licensed through the Department of Public Health and Human Services.  Source: https://app.mt.gov/lookup/index.html

Turning Winds is NOT an accredited private school in Montana.  (Source: e-mail from Montana Office of Public Instruction)

School operators seek millions in damages: SANDPOINT -- The operators of a boarding school who were accused of pummeling a runaway student are seeking up to  $8 million in damages against Bonner County and the sheriff's office for negligence and wrongful prosecution.  The operators of Turning Winds, a school for troubled teens  which used to be located in Cocolalla, filed the tort claim on Oct. 25.  The filing of the claim comes about 10 months after misdemeanor child endangerment charges were dismissed against John William Baisden Sr., John William Baisden Jr. and Carl Spencer Baisden.  The criminal charges stemmed from a March 17, 2005, incident.  Police reports said the 16-year-old from Walla Walla, Wash., fled school grounds by forcing his way through a fence. The teen made it to U.S. Highway 95 and began hitchhiking as school staff canvassed the area.  A passing motorist reportedly agreed to give the teen a lift. Unbeknownst to the teen, though, was that the motorist was actually John Baisden Sr., who joined the search for the errant student after learning of the escape, police reports said.  The elder Baisden kept the ruse up until they stopped at the Westmond Store, ostensibly for fuel. Baisden's sons then arrived at the filling station and a struggle erupted.  The teen told a sheriff's deputy he was attacked by the trio, dragged from the vehicle and held against the pavement while being handcuffed. The teen alleged he was then dragged by the cuffs to a grassy area near the convenience store and beaten.  For complete story, click here.
For Police Complaints Regarding Turning Winds and the Baisdens, Click Here.

 

 Last Updated: February 27th, 2015

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