This is a  staff list for Copper Hills Youth Center in W. Jordan, UT

(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 Copper Hills Youth Center.  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 Copper Hills Youth Center, you have the right to take action. 

 

If you were harmed (family or survivor) by Copper Hills Youth Center, 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 don’t place your loved one in Copper Hills Youth Center and rescue them if they are there now.

 

Name

Unit/Position

Additional Information
Barry Woodward CEO (Former) Formerly with Provo Canyon SchoolWoodward is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/search.html
Phil Sheridan CEO Sheridan is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/search.html
Daren Woolstenhulme CFO Woolstenhulme is a certified public accountant in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/search.html
Beth Dasher Director of Nursing Meghan Elizabeth Dasher (may be a different person) is a licensed registered nurse in Utah and has been since 2009.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Krista Modtland Dir. of Bus. Development Modtland is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/search.html
Elizabeth Loy Dir. of Education HEAL is inquiring with the Department of Education in Utah to verify whether or not Loy is a licensed educator.
P. Jay Frayser Nurse Preston J Frayser (may be a different person) is a licensed registered nurse in Utah and has been since 2001.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Rhett Cragun Clinical Director (Former) Cragun is a licensed clinical social worker in Utah and has been since 2004.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Dave Anderson/Anderton Risk Mgmt Director/RN David Anderton is a licensed registered nurse with a non-published disciplinary record.  HEAL recommends individuals request the information on Docket #2001-100 from the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Suzanne Wheaton Business Op Director Wheaton is licensed solely as a substance use disorder counselor in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Barbara Pool Human Resources Pool is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/search.html
Elizabeth Barchanski Education Director HEAL is inquiring with the Department of Education in Utah to verify whether or not Barchanski is a licensed educator.
Brian Savage Therapist Savage is a licensed clinical social worker in Utah and has been since 1996.  He does have complaints and disciplinary action against him by the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Linda Carlson Therapist Linda Marie Carlson (may be a different person) is a licensed clinical social worker in Utah and has been since 2004.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Steve Fultz Therapist Fultz is a licensed clinical social worker in Utah and has been since 2002.   Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Robby Lindquist Therapist Robert Owyn Lindquist (may be a different person) is a licensed clinical social worker in Utah and has been since 2010.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html 
Marette Monson Therapist Monson is a licensed clinical social worker and has been in Utah since 2009.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html 
Paul Smith Therapist HEAL requires Smith's full name in order to perform a professional licensure check.
Issac Brown Therapist Brown is a licensed clinical social worker and has been in Utah since 2007.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html 
Amanda Yanni Therapist Yanni is a licensed clinical social worker and has been in Utah since 2011.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html   (This means she worked as an unlicensed/unqualified therapist at this facility during 2010.)
Kathleen Niwa Therapist Niwa is solely licensed as a clinical mental health counselor in Utah and has been licensed since 2010.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html  Earned mental health degree through online/correspondence course. (University of Phoenix)
Dax Peterson Therapist Peterson is a licensed clinical social worker and has been since 2011.  (This means he worked as an unlicensed/unqualified therapist at this facility during 2010.)  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Amanda Freeman Therapist Freeman is solely licensed as a clinical mental health counselor in Utah and has been licensed since April, 2012.  (This means she worked as an unlicensed/unqualified therapist at this facility during 2010 and 2011.)  Earned mental health degree through online/correspondence course. (University of Phoenix)  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Rebekah Shuler (Schuler) Director of Clinical Svcs. Rebekah Schuler is licensed solely as a clinical mental health counselor in Utah and has only been licensed since 2010.  Rebekah Shuler is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/search.html
Brett Walker Therapist Walker is soley licensed as a clinical mental health counselor in Utah and has only been licensed since December, 2011.  (This means Walker worked as an unlicensed/unqualified therapist at this facility during 2010 and 2011.)  Earned mental health degree through online/correspondence course.  (University of Phoenix)  Source:  https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/search.html
Brenda Green Program Asst. Green is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/search.html
Bret Marshall Psychiatrist Marshall is a licensed medical doctor in Utah and has been since 1989.  Source:  https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/search.html
Jerome Vance Psychiatrist Formerly with Benchmark Behavioral Health, a confirmedly abusive program. Vance is a licensed medical doctor with a controlled substance license in Utah and has been since 1990.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/search.html
Arva Enciso Dir. of Admissions Enciso is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/search.html
John Paul Parraga Clinical Director (Former) Parraga is solely licensed as a clinical mental health counselor in Utah.  Earned counseling degree through online/correspondence course. (University of Phoenix)  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/search.html
Lindsey Forbes Recreational Therapy Forbes has been a licensed therapeutic recreation specialist in Utah since 2008.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/search.html 
(Copper Hills Youth Center, 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 the Admissions Packet for Copper Hills Youth Center and will review the packet as soon as possible.
Click Here for Copper Hills Police Call Complaints from 1995 to May, 2014:  Complaints include multiple reports of child abuse and sex offenses.
10 teens arrested in riot at youth treatment center Print Font [+] [-] Leave a comment » By Pat Reavy, Deseret News Published: Monday, Nov. 2 2015 12:30 p.m. MST Updated: 5 hours ago Mon Nov 02 18:52:46 2015 Ten teenagers were arrested at a residential treatment center Sunday and booked into juvenile detention after allegedly causing a riot. SMon Nov 02 19:02:35 2015 WEST JORDAN — Ten teenagers were arrested at a residential treatment center Sunday and booked into juvenile detention after allegedly causing a riot. The incident happened about 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the Copper Hills Youth Center, 5899 W. Rivendell Dr. (8890 South). A handful of teens reportedly started arguing with staff members regarding the rules of the facility. The arguing turned into throwing items at staffers, said West Jordan Police Sgt. Joe Monson. Staffers eventually called 911 saying that several juveniles were out of control. When West Jordan police arrived, they called for backup assistance from Unified police officers so they wouldn't be outnumbered, Monson said. A total of 15 to 20 officers responded. When police arrived, the teens started fighting with the officers as well as the staff members, the sergeant said. The teenagers tried to punch, kick and scratch the officers. One was arrested for trying to grab an officer's Taser, he said. The 10 juveniles who were arrested range in age from 13 to 17, Monson said. They were booked into Salt Lake County Juvenile Detention for investigation on a variety of charges, including rioting, assault on a police officer and attempting to disarm a police officer. No one was seriously injured. Copper Hills is a youth residential treatment facility that offers "specialized programming for behavioral misconduct, autism spectrum disorder and sexual misconduct. Chemical dependency and substance abuse treatment services are also available," according to its website. The facility houses boys and girls ages 12 to 17. Email: preavy@deseretnews.com  Source: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865640478/10-teens-arrested-in-riot-at-youth-treatment-center.html?pg=all
THE TRUTH:

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:
 
In Utah, the statutes of limitation do not apply to crimes against children that include sex offenses and human trafficking. There are no statutes of limitation on murder and kidnapping in Utah.  Other felonies have statutes of limitation ranging from 4 years to 8 years. Most misdemeanors in the state have a 2-year time limit. For civil suits in Utah, the statute of limitations is 4 years depending on cause of action. 

Options for you to take action and/or seek redress/justice today are listed below:

1.  Report crimes such as assault, fraud, battery, labor trafficking, and child abuse to law enforcement in Utah. You can call the W. Jordan Police at (801) 256-2000  or e-mail police@wjordan.com to inquire about filing an official complaint which may provide the probable cause needed to get a warrant for investigation and/or prosecution.  You may also wish to submit a concern to state regulators in charge of licensing Copper Hills which you can do at this link: https://hslic.utah.gov/submit-a-concern

2.  File a consumer complaint with your home state's attorney general against Copper Hills and include your request for compensation for any harm done to you.  You can find the easy online forms for filing such a complaint (which may result in an investigation, prosecution, and/or civil resolution on your case) under your home state's (state where you currently reside) header at http://www.heal-online.org/report.htm.  If you live in Utah and/or would like to file consumer complaint as a non-resident with the Attorney General of Utah, visit: https://dcp.utah.gov/complaints.html .

3.  If you do not wish to file a consumer complaint, you can contact a private personal injury attorney and look into suing in tort/civil court.  However, if you can't afford the retainer, you should expect to settle out of court with a non-disclosure agreement which may bar you from speaking publicly about the incident because you've agreed (even if with a grumbling assent) to the terms of the settlement.  You can find legal resources at http://www.heal-online.org/legal.htm and legal causes of action related to institutionalized abuse claims at http://www.heal-online.org/legalarguments.htm.

4.  You may post a statement about your experience at your program on our unmoderated message board at http://pub40.bravenet.com/forum/show.php?usernum=3407841501&cpv=2  OR send a new e-mail to rev@cope.church with subject "Post My Feedback" and we will post your feedback (e-mail printed to .pdf disclosing your name and e-mail address and any information in your e-mail with that subject) to https://www.cope.church/feedback.htm  and add a direct link to those .pdf files to this page . 

 5. You may also wish to provide a guest sermon.  Guest sermons are posted at https://www.cope.church/sermons.htm , under Progress Reports/Guest Sermons at https://www.heal-online.org  where appropriate, and on program info pages when applicable.  So, one provided by you on your program would also be placed on this page .  Guest sermons should be written into the body of an e-mail and sent to rev@cope.church . Your first and last name will be disclosed (contact info will not be unless you expressly ask for that).  For sermons available on our site see https://www.cope.church/sermons.htm  (and sermon archives linked on that page).  If you have questions about this option, please contact rev@cope.church. Please see https://www.cope.church/givetoday.pdf  to get an idea what your sermon may be worth.
3/23/22: COPE Conversion Program Progress Report on Copper Hills Youth Center

 

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