(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 the Boulder Creek 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 Boulder Creek Academy, you have the right to take action.
If you were harmed (family or survivor) by Boulder Creek Academy, please contact email@example.com 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 don’t place your loved one in Boulder Creek Academy and rescue them if they are there now.
|Paul Johnson||Director||Johnson has been with Boulder Creek Academy since 1994 (the CEDU years). He also worked for Outward Bound and Rocky Mountain Academy (another CEDU program) prior to working for Boulder Creek Academy. Johnson is not a licensed counselor, psychologist, doctor, nor medical professional in Idaho. Source: http://idacare.idaho.gov/name_Search.cfm and https://secure.ibol.idaho.gov/eIBOLPublic/LPRBrowser.aspx Johnson reportedly no longer works for this program.|
|Shawnale Wilson||Admissions Director||Wilson has been with Boulder Creek Academy since 1996 (the CEDU years). Wilson is not a licensed counselor, psychologist, doctor, nor medical professional in Idaho. Source: http://idacare.idaho.gov/name_Search.cfm and https://secure.ibol.idaho.gov/eIBOLPublic/LPRBrowser.aspx Wilson reportedly no longer works for this program.|
|Teresa Dodd||Family Services Manager||Dodd has worked for Boulder Creek Academy since 1999. Dodd is not a licensed counselor, psychologist, doctor, nor medical professional in Idaho. Source: http://idacare.idaho.gov/name_Search.cfm Dodd reportedly no longer works for this program.|
|Brent L. Dehlbom||Director of Academics||Dehlbom is a certified education administrator in Idaho and has been since 2008. Source: http://www.sde.idaho.gov/Certification/search/StaffSearch.aspx|
|Linda Daggy||Clinical Director||Daggy is not a licensed counselor, psychologist, doctor, nor medical professional in Idaho. Source: http://idacare.idaho.gov/name_Search.cfm and https://secure.ibol.idaho.gov/eIBOLPublic/LPRBrowser.aspx Daggy reportedly no longer works for this program.|
|William Bruce||Asst. Clinical Director||Bruce is not a licensed counselor, psychologist, doctor, nor medical professional in Idaho. Source: http://idacare.idaho.gov/name_Search.cfm and https://secure.ibol.idaho.gov/eIBOLPublic/LPRBrowser.aspx|
|Tatum Miller||Therapist||Miller is not a licensed counselor, psychologist, doctor, nor medical professional in Idaho. Source: http://idacare.idaho.gov/name_Search.cfm and https://secure.ibol.idaho.gov/eIBOLPublic/LPRBrowser.aspx|
|Rachel M. Webster||Therapist||Webster is not a licensed counselor, psychologist, doctor, nor medical professional in Idaho. Source: http://idacare.idaho.gov/name_Search.cfm and https://secure.ibol.idaho.gov/eIBOLPublic/LPRBrowser.aspx Webster is also a "therapist" at Ascent Wilderness Program (also a "former" CEDU program)|
|Karen Glaeser||Therapist||Glaeser worked for other unnamed "treatment" programs. Glaeser is not a licensed counselor, psychologist, doctor, nor medical professional in Idaho. Source: http://idacare.idaho.gov/name_Search.cfm and https://secure.ibol.idaho.gov/eIBOLPublic/LPRBrowser.aspx|
Bisson is not a HQT (Highly Qualified Teacher) in Idaho. He is a
certified educator in Idaho and has been since 2004. Source:
Bisson has a history of working in various unnamed "private behavioral"
settings/facilities.* HEAL participated in the following e-mail
exchange with Bisson on October 9th and 10th, 2009:
Now, is this the type of English or letter writing skills being taught at Boulder Creek? If this is how the teachers communicate, how can we expect a quality education for the children in the program? Hmmm. Well, we did check the staff bios. And, if they have become more informative, we'll check it again as soon as possible. Thanks for the heads up! And, isn't it interesting how easily the staff attack a perfect stranger with an insult like "moron"? So, unprofessional...
|David Burleigh||Teacher||David joined the faculty of CEDU Family of Services in California where he taught for eight years. David started the “CEDU-at-Sea” program, which offered students the opportunity to study science while sailing a twin-masted schooner from Long Beach to Catalina Island. Boulder Creek is fortunate to have David back with our schools again here in the beautiful mountains of North Idaho. (From the Boulder Creek website--July 17th, 2009) Burleigh no longer appears to be working at this program. Burleigh is not a HQT (Highly Qualified Teacher) in Idaho. He is a certified educator and has been since 2008. Source: http://www.sde.idaho.gov/Certification/search/StaffSearch.aspx|
|Marc Clark||Instructor||Clark is not a certified educator in Idaho. Source: http://www.sde.idaho.gov/Certification/search/StaffSearch.aspx|
|Martha Jones||Reading Specialist||Jones is not a HQT (Highly Qualified Teacher) in Idaho. She is a certified educator and has been since 2008. Source: http://www.sde.idaho.gov/Certification/search/StaffSearch.aspx|
|Charles Lynn||Teacher||Lynn is not a HQT (Highly Qualified Teacher) in Idaho. He is a certified educator and has been since 2007. Lynn no longer appears to be working at this program.|
|Valerie Thompson||Teacher||Thompson is not a HQT (Highly Qualified Teacher) in Idaho. She is a certified educator and has been since 2006. Thompson has worked for Boulder Creek since 2000. And, that means she worked for at least 6 years with no license/credentials at this program. Source: http://www.sde.idaho.gov/Certification/search/StaffSearch.aspx|
|Ruth Douthit||Teacher||Douthit is not a HQT (Highly Qualified Teacher) in Idaho. She is a certified educator and has been for K-12 since September, 2010. Source: http://www.sde.idaho.gov/Certification/search/StaffSearch.aspx|
|Kenton (full name?)||Staff||Current staff in February, 2020 that formerly worked for Rocky Mountain Academy/CEDU.|
|Kim Carey||Therapist||Carey is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) in Idaho and has been since 2017. License #: LCSW - 37224. Complaints about Kim Carey should be submitted here: https://ibol.idaho.gov/IBOL/AgencyAdditional.aspx?Agency=427&AgencyLinkID=65 or victims or those with complaints can contact firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about filing a complaint. Source: https://secure.ibol.idaho.gov/eIBOLPublic/LPRBrowser.aspx|
|Jeanne Racer||Therapist||Racer is a licensed master social worker (LMSW) in Idaho and has been since 2015. License #: LMSW - 35063. Complaints about Jeanne Racer should be submitted here: https://ibol.idaho.gov/IBOL/AgencyAdditional.aspx?Agency=427&AgencyLinkID=65 or victims or those with complaints can contact email@example.com to inquire about filing a complaint.|
|Rebecca Cloud||Therapist||Cloud holds no professional nor occupational licenses in Idaho. Source: https://secure.ibol.idaho.gov/eIBOLPublic/LPRBrowser.aspx|
|Jared Sartell||Therapist||Sartell is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) in Idaho and has been since 2018. License #: LCSW - 37388. Complaints about Jared Sartell should be submitted here: https://ibol.idaho.gov/IBOL/AgencyAdditional.aspx?Agency=427&AgencyLinkID=65 or victims or those with complaints can contact firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about filing a complaint. Source: https://secure.ibol.idaho.gov/eIBOLPublic/LPRBrowser.aspx|
|Lynn Marshall||Clinical Director||Marshall holds no professional nor occupational licenses in Idaho. Source: https://secure.ibol.idaho.gov/eIBOLPublic/LPRBrowser.aspx|
|Lisa Hester||Director||Hester holds no professional nor occupational licenses in Idaho. Source: https://secure.ibol.idaho.gov/eIBOLPublic/LPRBrowser.aspx|
|Dean Schillinger||Director||Schillinger holds no professional nor occupational licenses in Idaho. Source: https://secure.ibol.idaho.gov/eIBOLPublic/LPRBrowser.aspx|
|Charla Suppe||Academic/Business Director|
|Jeff Miller||Dean of Students|
|Cynthia Stovall-Sanders||Teacher (Special Ed.)|
|Alan Unis||Psychiatrist||Unis is a licensed medical doctor and has been since 2008 in Idaho. License #: M-10204. You can file a complaint with the Medical Board here: https://bom.idaho.gov/BOMPortal/AgencyAdditional.aspx?Agency=425&AgencyLinkID=650|
|Jeremy Huisentruit||Team Manager|
|Tammy Davis||Team Manager|
|Bill Brown||Staff (circa 2002)|
|Mark (Last?)||Staff (circa 2002)|
|Norm (Last?)||Staff (circa 2002)|
|*(Boulder Creek 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.)|
|CEDU Background-- Includes Lawsuit(s) Against Boulder Creek Academy & More|
|Article: Violations and Problems at UHS, Inc. Owned Facilities|
All segregated congregate care providers, including those on our watch-list, are welcome to contact us to correct any information or provide additional data that may assist with delivering the whole truth to the public. We've found in many cases where this offer has been abused or resulted in revealing additional basis for our concerns. For some examples see: http://www.heal-online.org/tcfl.htm, http://www.heal-online.org/bolthouse.htm and http://www.heal-online.org/abundant2.htm. Now, we are willing to look at the facts and may have questions or require documentation backing up any claims. We do verify licensing, academic backgrounds, and other qualifications when investigating and researching programs on our watch-list to assist consumers seeking additional information on such programs or victims requiring assistance with getting corroborating evidence of their claims. We do that in order to make sure the information we provide is accurate and verified and cite our sources. In the event any information we've posted is in error, we're happy to make a correction. And, for information on how such requests are handled and have been resolved historically, see: http://www.heal-online.org/requests.htm.
HEAL does not support segregated congregate care for many reasons which include that many such facilities are abusive, exploitative, fraudulent, and lack effective oversight often as a result of fraudulent misrepresentation coupled with the ignorance of those seeking to enroll loved ones in such facilities, programs, schools, or centers without a valid court order and involuntarily. In the United States such involuntary placements done without a court order are apparently illegal as they either violate the Americans with Disabilities Act community integration requirement or due process rights of those involuntarily placed. Now, in regards to parents, in the United States parents have the right to waive their own rights, but, not the rights of their minor children. See http://www.heal-online.org/legalarguments.htm for more information. Now, most facilities on our watch list include waivers, indemnity clauses, and sworn statements parents must sign assuring the program that the parents have the right to make the placement involuntarily and without due process in a segregated congregate care environment, however, California and federal prosecutors as well as settled law appears to suggest that is not the case. In fact, in the David Taylor case found at http://www.heal-online.org/provocases.htm, Taylor sued Provo Canyon School and his mother as co-defendants. His mother was found liable for 75% of the damages awarded to Taylor as a result of multiple complaints including false imprisonment, while the program was found only 25% liable because the mother owed a duty of due diligence to investigate anyone to which she would entrust care of her child and she failed to do so.
Now, HEAL opposes segregated congregate care and we find most placements are happening illegally in the USA which if the youth understood their rights would result in unfortunate outcomes for the parents, particularly when they don't exercise good judgment and support the fraud and abuse rather than their own children when they need remedy and justice. And, HEAL supports all victims of fraud and abuse in seeking remedies at law for any crimes or torts committed against them. And, that's true whether or not the program or victims are in the USA.
HEAL has a 5 point argument against segregated congregate care we'd like you to consider:
a. Segregated care is unconstitutional and a civil rights violation. It is only permissible if a person is unable to survive independent of an institutional environment. For more on this, watch the HEAL Report at https://youtu.be/C4NzhZc4P0A. Or, see: http://www.ada.gov/olmstead/ which includes in part: "United States v. Florida – 1:12-cv-60460 – (S.D. Fla.) – On April 7, 2016, the United States filed an Opposition to the State of Florida’s Motion for Partial Summary Judgment. In the Motion, the State had asked the Court to rule, on a variety of grounds, that the United States could not recover damages for unnecessarily institutionalized children to whom the State had been deliberately indifferent."
b. Institutionalization is always dehumanizing and coercive. Institutionalization always harms the institutionalized and deprives them of protected civil rights. Dr. David Straker, Psychiatry Professor at Columbia University's School of Medicine (Ivy League) explains this in detail at http://changingminds.org/disciplines/sociology/articles/institutionalization.htm. "Many institutions, from prisons to monasteries to asylums, deliberately want to control and manage their inmates such that they conform and do not cause problems. Even in less harsh environments, many of the institutionalization methods may be found, albeit in more moderated form (although the psychological effect can be equally devastating)." (See website linked in this paragraph for more info.)
c. Institutionalization is not in the best interest of children. Institutions are not ever better for a child than living with a loving family. Source: http://www.unicef.org/cambodia/12681_23295.html
d. Reform schools, residential treatment programs, and other segregated congregate care settings have been shown to be ineffective and harmful. Best source on this currently is: https://www.acgov.org/probation/documents/EndoftheReformSchoolbyVinny.doc
e. Boarding Schools, even the "good ones", result in a form of social death, isolation, and cause both anxiety and depression. Therefore, it is clearly not in the best interest of the youth subjected to those environments. Sources: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/jun/08/boarding-school-syndrome-joy-schaverien-review and http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/secondaryeducation/11662001/The-truth-about-boarding-school-syndrome.html
Beyond the above arguments against segregated congregate care, we have reports from the NIH, Surgeon General, Yale University Studies, and much more showing the methodologies of behavior modification are damaging, harmful, and ineffective. You can request these documents via e-mail. In addition, for such programs offering academic services or claiming to offer diplomas, certifications, or the like, it is important to check to see if it is a diploma mill with no accredited academic services. Please see article: "Avoiding Scams: What You Need To Know" for important information on how to avoid education/training scams.
If you'd like to see what HEAL suggests rather than segregated congregate care (i.e. committing a crime or tort against your child if done against their will without a court order), please see articles: "Fix Your Family, Help Your Teen" and "Emancipation Guide".
If you have a complaint against any facility, please file a complaint with the appropriate law enforcement agency or your home state's attorney general. For reporting resources see: http://www.heal-online.org/report.htm. (Reporting guide is for USA only at this time.)
REPORTING GUIDE FOR VICTIMS, SURVIVORS, AND WHISTLEBLOWERS:
|2/24/21: COPE Conversion Program Progress Report: Boulder Creek Academy|
|External Link: Keep An Eye On PSI!"(and UHS!)|
HEAL SPECIAL REPORT:
BOULDER CREEK ACADEMY
HEAL has found serious reasons for concern with Boulder Creek Academy's (BCA/BCA's) application. These include contradictory terms, and, when included with the history of the program and its staff, leave us to believe that Boulder Creek Academy is running a money-making scam on families in need of assistance. We will be alternating between "quoted text" from pages of Boulder Creek Academy's Application (as was downloaded from bouldercreekacademy.net on September 27th, 2010) and HEAL's questions/concerns. HEAL will not repeatedly link to the application in full throughout this review, and, we advise readers to scroll back and/or open the application in a new window while reviewing our work for accuracy or if additional contextualization is preferred. This is an independent review and if you are in need of legal assistance or advice, please consult with an attorney. (This review includes a review of the application, and fee structure.)
Application (Pages 4-6)
"I/we hereby authorize IES..." (p. 4)
"I/we hereby authorize the above professional(s) to release information regarding the above named student to IES and authorize IES to release information regarding the student to the professionals indicated above." (p. 5)
"I/we hereby authorize the above professional(s) to release information regarding the above named student to IES and authorize IES to release information regarding the student to the professionals indicated above." (p. 6)
What is IES? Boulder Creek Academy is a CEDU program now owned by Universal Health Services, Inc. (UHS). There is no explanation regarding what IES is or how it is being used by the program. This is a concern because transferring confidential information to an unknown entity by contract may put that information in jeopardy.
Application (Pages 7-10)
"If you were referred by a specific person, please provide the name of the person who referred you and their relationship to you or your child, e.g. educational consultant, therapist, school counselor, friend of family, IES parent, etc."
"Describe the student's current behavior at home, your explanation for this behavior (your opinion), and how long this behavior has persisted." (p. 7)
"Describe the student's willingness to accept responsibility."
"Describe your goals for the student."
"Drug and/or alcohol use? Yes___ No____ (If yes, please describe type, if known, and frequency: experimental, moderate, or heavy)"
"Physical/sexual abuse? Yes___ No____ (If yes, was there a witness to the abuse?)"
"Does the student have an individualized education plan (IEP)?... (If yes, please include the most recent IEP with this application.)"
"Please list any additional comments regarding the student's behavior."
HEAL believes the program requests information on the referral source for the purpose of compensating the referrer. This is a common practice in the industry and many who claim they do not receive "kickbacks", actually do. This has included supposed non-profits such as PURE and judges in the juvenile court system. Such practices raise serious ethical concerns and concerns regarding the appropriateness of placement in programs that offer such compensation.
This questionnaire focuses on the behavior of the child and suggests that BCA is nothing more than a behavior modification program. For information on the problems, ethical concerns, and human rights issues raised by the practices of behavior modification programs, see www.heal-online.org/ebook.pdf.
It may be more helpful to examine the parents' ability to accept responsibility. Programs like BCA encourage the scapegoating of family problems by attributing those problems to the child, the one in the least culpable position when family issues arise. Parents may find our parenting guide with alternative resources helpful. Please see www.heal-online.org/parent.htm for more information.
When young adults are beginning to explore options for their future, they need breathing room. It is a time when the young person is deciding on what goals they have and it is no longer appropriate for parents to impose their own goals on to their teenage children at this stage in development. These questions are geared toward establishing a basis for behavior modification and does not suggest an accepted "therapeutic" environment.
In searching for licensing of Boulder Creek Academy in Idaho, HEAL was unable to find any evidence that BCA is licensed as a mental health care provider. It appears BCA is not licensed to provide mental health services in Idaho. BCA is also not licensed as a residential care provider in Idaho. Nor is BCA licensed as a provider of services to those with developmental disabilities in the State of Idaho. If they are licensed, as BCA claims, as a "child care" facility (bouldercreekacademy.net, September 27th, 2010), then that would apply to "daycares" only and not residential treatment. This suggests that BCA is not properly licensed to provide the services they claim to provide and this is a serious concern. Please see our warning signs list and questions you should ask before placing any child in an unlicensed facility. For issues with NAAS standards, see www.heal-online.org/accreditation.htm. Boulder Creek Academy is not approved by the State of Idaho to provide drug treatment or drug rehabilitation services. These are all serious concerns.
Please see www.heal-online.org/teenrights.htm to insure that your child is not of legal age for sexual activity. if your child is of legal age for sexual activity, it is not appropriate for you to institutionalize them for exercising their lawful rights. Teenagers have more legal rights and more legal responsibilities than younger children and parents would do well to keep this in mind before violating those rights and subjecting themselves to possible legal action, (i.e. David Taylor v. Provo Canyon School, et al).
HEAL is concerned regarding the questioning of whether a child's reported abuse was witnessed by someone other than the victim. Given the nature of programs like BCA, and the fact that they tend to assume all children in the program are "liars and manipulators", this is a serious concern. Provo Canyon School, another UHS, Inc. program, states a number of things in general to be expected from all children in the program, yet, they claim to accept children with a range of issues, many of which do not include tendencies of deception or manipulation (i.e. depression, low self-esteem, abuse victims, etc.).
It is a concern that BCA accepts children through Independent Education Plans. This suggests state and/or federal funding of such placements and, as discussed below, is a serious concern as civil rights violations appear to occur which would be a problem for any program receiving public funds.
This segment ends with more questions regarding the child's behavior. It is quite clear that BCA is a behavior modification program, and this is a serious concern. The methods used to force behavior change by placing a victim involuntarily under the complete control of people or institutions that see them only as a "broken toy" in need of "fixing" and not a complex human being in need of legitimate assistance, respect, and considerate care.
Application (Page 11)
"Probation officer's name"
"I/We hereby authorize the above probation officer to release information regarding the above named student to IES and authorize IES to release information regarding the student to the probation officer indicated above."
It is a concern that BCA accepts adjudicated youth and places them in a general population with children in need of a less restrictive environment and/or who may be having their civil rights/due process rights violated by being placed in the facility. HEAL is still unclear on what "IES" means in relations to this application. At no point in the application is "IES" explained beyond stating it is an inclusive header covering Ascent (reportedly closed), Northwest Academy, and Boulder Creek Academy. All three of these are CEDU-related programs.
Application (Page 12)
"For purposes of these consents and releases, the term "IES" shall include ASCENT, Boulder Creek Academy, and Northwest Academy."
"I/we hereby grant permission to release school transcripts to IES for the Student. Permission is granted to release the following records: official transcript of credit, withdrawal grades including incomplete classes, special education records, IEPs, test data, health records, disciplinary records, counseling information and records pertaining to psychiatric or psychological evaluations. I/we also grant permission for IES to facilitate ISAT (Idaho Scholastic Achievement Test) testing required by the state of Idaho."
Boulder Creek Academy is not accredited by the Idaho Department of Education as an "alternative school". BCA is not accredited as a "charter school". BCA appears to lack any accreditation or oversight by the State of Idaho. This is a serious concern. Parents should check to insure that any credits "earned" at BCA are transferable to legitimate educational institutions (i.e. public schools, colleges, etc.). BCA is not licensed as a "school" in Idaho.
Application (Page 13)
""IES retains a child and adolescent psychiatrist who is responsible to attend to students who are enrolled at Boulder Creek Academy for Medication Management. Student sessions with the Psychiatrist will be billed out to parent/or guardian in addition to monthly tuition."
"I/We hereby authorize the release of any medical information regarding the Student to IES and authorize IES to release information regarding his/her prior medical history to medical providers as deemed necessary to facilitate Student's medical care."
"A physical exam of the Student must have been completed within thirty (30) days prior to admission. If a physical exam has not been completed, I/we hereby consent to IES to arrange for a physical exam of the Student by a licensed medical provider selected by the school. Annual physical exams are required thereafter. I/We will be responsible for all costs related to the initial physical exam and the required lab tests or immunizations, if not performed prior to admission, and for the costs related to annual physical exams."
"I/We hereby authorize IES to purchase all prescription medications needed by the Student through a local preferred provider and I/we assume the financial responsibility for the cost of such prescriptions."
"I hereby authorize and consent to any medical or surgical diagnosis and/or treatment for the Student as directed by any licensed medical provider authorized to practice medicine in the state wherein such services are provided. Such treatment may include, but not be limited to: physical examination, x-rays, laboratory analysis, scans, inoculations, vaccinations, anesthesia, emergency surgery or hospitalization."
"I hereby authorize and consent to mental health care provided to the Student by, or under the supervision of, licensed mental health providers employed by IES. The cost of the IES mental health care is included in the cost of the school/program...If mental health care is required that cannot be provided by IES employees, it will be provided to the Student at the parent's expense by mental health care professionals licensed to provide mental health services in the state wherein such services are provided."
It is a serious concern that the seemingly sole purpose of the psychiatrist is to manage medication. Psychoactive medications are extremely dangerous and it is unethical for untrained parties to use a psychiatrist to get mind-altering drugs for children without proper oversight or regulation. Since, as stated and proved above, BCA is not licensed to provide mental health or medical health care, it is a serious concern. Parents may want to take note that any legitimate "therapy" with a psychiatrist or other mental health professional "chosen" by BCA comes at an extra charge and is not part of the "services" covered by the very steep $6,900 monthly "tuition" fees.
Parents may also wish to consider the fact that "tuition" for this unlicensed "school" is higher than the tuition costs (including room and board) for Harvard University. "Harvard University will increase tuition next school year by 3.8 percent, the school announced yesterday, bringing the annual cost of a Harvard education, including room and board, to $50,724." (Source: boston.com, March 19th, 2010) Now, if the $6,900 is applied to at least 12 months of "treatment", which is implied by the fee schedule, it puts the total cost of this unlicensed "school" at $82,800.00 for one year. It is severely more costly than a year at Harvard. And, this is with the addendum that BCA is not licensed to provide mental health, medical care, or educational services in the state of Idaho. What are parents paying for? What is BCA giving you for your money? Reports suggest families are getting nothing but scammed while their kids lives are destroyed. This is unacceptable.
Application (Page 14)
"In the event that a temporary transfer of the Student is deemed necessary by IES for either physical, emotional, or mental health reasons, I/we hereby authorize IES to transfer the Student to an appropriate interim care facility, licensed medical facility or mental health facility for a period not to exceed three (3) days and agree to accept the financial responsibility for the cost of such temporary services."
"I/We hereby give authority and consent to IES personnel to utilize reasonable force to restrain, control and detain the Student only when there is an imminent risk of the Student harming himself or others including IES personnel or is causing serious property damage."
"I/We hereby give consent to authorize IES to search the Student and the Student's personal effects. IES is hereby authorized to confiscate any and all items deemed by IES to be contraband."
"I/We hereby authorize IES, at its sole discretion, to place the Student on a public carrier (i.e. airplane, train, bus, etc.) or a private or corporate vehicle for the purpose of transporting him/her to and from IES and to or from IES programs or activities on either public or private lands. I/We hereby release and discharge IES and its officers, directors, shareholders, employees and agents from any and all claims, demands, actions, suits or proceedings which the Student or any parent, relative, or next of kin of the Student, may have for any and all injuries, damages and expenses, including, but not limited to, all personal injuries and illnesses and all damages to personal and real property, caused by, arising out of, or otherwise related to the transportation of the Student, except to the extent such injury or damage results from the gross negligence or willful misconduct of IES or its authorized agents."
"IES schools/programs include academics, emotional growth training, clinical services, general athletic activities, vocational training, a farm program, and numerous activities held both on and off campus including but not limited to: downhill skiing, cross country skiing, camping, rock climbing, canoeing, kayaking, rafting, horseback riding, bicycling, swimming, Alpine Tower, high ropes course, hiking and snowshoeing. I/We hereby consent to the Student's participation in all activities and programs conducted by IES. I/We hereby voluntarily release and discharge IES and its officers, directors, shareholders, employees and agents from any and all claims, demands, actions, suits or proceedings which the Student or any parent, relative, or next of kin of the Student, may have for any and all injuries, damages and expenses, including, but not limited to, all personal injuries and illnesses and all damages to personal and real property, caused by, arising out of, or otherwise related to the Student's participation in any activity or program conducted by or on behalf of IES, except to the extent such injury or damage results from the gross negligence or willful misconduct of IES or its authorized agents."
"I/We do___ do not ___ grant permission to IES to use the Student's photograph and/or written work and/or voice in company newsletters, newspapers, brochures, videos, web site or other related promotional materials."
"I/We hereby authorize and consent to the release and exchange of all documents and verbal information between IES entities and Ascent regarding the Student."
Why would parents trust an unlicensed and unregulated program to commit their children to a psychiatric hospital? It is likely that BCA is not qualified and BCA is definitely not licensed to provide mental health services or evaluations. This is a serious concern.
HEAL is concerned that the use of restraint to "detain and control" a child in the program may be inappropriate. In addition, it is not clear what BCA means by "imminent risk". What does BCA mean by "imminent risk"? A risk and an actual clear and present danger of serious bodily harm to self or others are different ideas and this manipulation of language suggests that BCA misuses restraint in the program. Congress is working on legislation (HR 4247) to stop the misuse of restraint in schools and programs like BCA. This legislation is inspired by a number of serious injuries and deaths resulting from abusive restraint procedures implemented in programs similar and/or related by business ownership to BCA (i.e. CHAD Youth Enhancement Center--Two Strangling/Choking Deaths Due to Improper Restraint Employed by UHS Staff).
It is a serious concern that BCA performs strip searches on students in the program. Such strip searches are a violation of the child's rights. HEAL also reminds parents that parents have the right to waive their own rights, but, not the rights of their minor children. See www.heal-online.org/legalarguments.htm for more information. Again, this is not legal advice. If you need legal help, consult an attorney.
It is a concern that if BCA staff or agents are found culpable in a vehicular accident that they still demand parents and other passengers assume responsibility for any resulting injuries. This seems to be an unconscionable term.
What is "emotional growth" training? Are the methods known to be ineffective and harmful? Is the "emotional growth" training similar to or untilizing a "Positive Peer Culture/Pressure" or "Therapeutic Community" model? If so, then it has been shown to be ineffective and harmful to participants. This is a serious concern.
How long do children generally have to be in the program before they "earn" the "privilege" of any recreational activities? BCA admits to using a level system in other area(s) of the contract. This is a serious concern. Please see the warning signs list for additional information. Similar programs claim that recreational activities are typically not "earned" until 6-months into the program. Will your child be held incommunicado and without access to the outside world by unlicensed and unqualified program staff for six months or more? If so, this sounds like torture, not therapy.
Again, we reiterate that parents do not have the right to sign away the rights of their child, this includes the right to privacy. BCA also shouldn't be using families or children's photos to "sell" their program prior to a satisfactory and/or freely given consent (without coercion or manipulation on the part of BCA or its agents) by the child. Including this in the initial application seems unethical and inappropriate as well as violative of the child's rights.
Ascent appears to be closed. The Ascent program no longer appears to be operational. So, the inclusion of the last segment above in the contract is a concern.
Application (Pages 17 &19)
"List and explain any excessive fears the student has had (darkness, thunder, death, etc.)"
"Does the student have a drug or alcohol abuse problem?" (p. 17)
"Please note any physical impairment that would limit ability to participate in activity (include need for substance detoxification):"
HEAL is concerned that BCA and similar programs use the fears they are aware the child has, against the child. HEAL has received reports that at another UHS program, staff have intentionally played upon the fears of the child to provoke an extreme emotional response in order to provide the appearance of necessity for chemical restraints and isolation being used on the child. This is a serious concern. Also, given that BCA is not licensed to provide mental health services, it is a concern that they promote themselves as a mental health facility.
BCA is not licensed or approved by the state of Idaho to provide alcohol or drug treatment. The above questions and requests for information imply that BCA does claim to provide such services. If BCA is providing such services, they are doing so without a license and without approval by the state of Idaho to provide such services. This is a serious concern.
"Enrollment fee (nonrefundable)...$6,900... Includes all of the following: Parent Conferences...Parent Basic Workshop attendance for two...Educational and Outdoor Adventure Trips (Exception: Parent/Child Trip cost not included) *All trips are dependent upon student eligibility*...Use of a laptop computer and set-up while attending Boulder Creek Academy...Hygiene Products...Ancillary Trip Fee (2nd Year)...$4,900."
"Monthly tuition (nonrefundable)...$6,900... Includes all of the following: Room and board... College preparatory academic curriculum...Academic workbooks and textbooks...Emotional Growth program...Private tutoring...Independent studies course (if needed)....Clinical Services (individual and group therapy)...Standard single-day field trips...Team sports...Student allowance (amount varies with the phase of the program)...Transportation which includes: - Local medical and dental appointments...Medical Emergencies...Spokane airport trips for regularly scheduled home visits and family emergencies..."
"Psychiatric Services...as incurred...Initial Evaluation...$380.00"
"Parent/Child Trips...(In addition to monthly tuition)....as incurred"
"Parent Workshops...Basic Workshop (for additional attendees)...$325/person...Advanced Workshop (optional)...$700/person."
"Clinical testing*...as incurred...*If your student requires these services, the Clinical Services Department will contact you prior to providing services."
"Transport Fees to Spokane Airport (Each trip one-way/Round Trip)...$150/$300"
It appears that the ancillary trip fee of $4,900 is not included in the enrollment fee of $6,900, and the language of this section is unclear and confusing. Under the "monthly tuition" portion of the contract, scheduled and emergency trips appear to be included services. However, this is contradicted by the $300 transport fee mentioned at the end of the fee schedule.
It also appears that BCA claims to provide individual and group therapy under "clinical services", but, further in the fee schedule clinical services come at additional/supplemental costs. Also, BCA is not licensed to provide "clinical services" in Idaho. This is a serious concern, as mentioned previously.
What is the phase system? What other "privileges" or "disciplinary actions" are included in the "phase system"? These are serious concerns as level systems are predominantly used by fraudulent and/or abusive behavior modification programs. See our warning signs list for additional information.
BCA appears to subcontract and charge extra for psychiatric services. This is a serious concern. Who is in charge of the mental well-being of children in this program and what, if any, oversight is conducted to insure quality and proper licensure of the program and/or its staff? BCA is not licensed to provide the services they claim to provide.
Again, BCA contradicts itself. Are child/parent trips covered under the monthly tuition fees or are they billed separately as is suggested in other areas of the "FEE SCHEDULE"? How much will this bogus program end up costing vulnerable families?
Are parents pressured to participate in the "Advanced Workshop"? What occurs in these "workshops"? Who benefits from these "workshops"/seminars? And, why the additional fee for such services when the tuition fees are above and beyond (nearly double) the cost of a year at Harvard University?
Again, HEAL believes Ascent Intervention is closed. It is unclear why this fee is being included in the program data. But, the closure of Ascent appears to be recent and the last time the BCA application was updated was in 2006.
Based on the history, reputation, and application review, HEAL would strongly recommend against placing any child in Boulder Creek Academy and we heartily suggest families remove any child currently enrolled in this program.
|For list of complaints filed with Bonners Ferry/Boundary County, click here. Complaints include missing persons, runaways, battery, welfare check requests, and kidnapping (non-custodial parent).|
February 24th, 2021
Last Updated: February 24th, 2021