This is a  staff list for Discovery Academy in Provo, 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 Discovery 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 Discovery Academy, you have the right to take action. 

 

If you were harmed (family or survivor) by Discovery Academy, 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 Discovery Academy and rescue them if they are there now.

 

Name

Unit/Position

Additional Information
Brent Hall Executive Director Hall formerly worked for notoriously abusive Provo Canyon School.  Graduate of BYU (birthplace of abusive outdoor/wilderness model).  Brent Charles Hall (may be a different person) is a licensed clinical social worker in Utah and has been since 2004.  Brent Charles Hall earned his degrees at Southern Utah University and University of Utah.  So, it may be a different person as Brent Hall of Discovery Academy claims to be a graduate of BYU and this conflicts with the licensing information.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Robert Crist Vice Pres./Owner Crist was also the founder of the notoriously abusive Provo Canyon School and Silverado Academy/Boys Ranch.
Matt Hendry Clinical Director Matthew Travis Hendry is a licensed professional counselor only.  And, he has been since April, 2009.  He earned his BA at the University of Utah and his MS at the University of Phoenix.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html

See below:

"The Justice Department announced today that the University of Phoenix has agreed to pay the United States $67.5 million to resolve allegations that its student recruitment policies violated the False Claims Act.  This case began as a whistleblower action filed in the Eastern District of California under the False Claims Act, which permits private citizens to bring lawsuits for fraud on behalf of the United States and to share in any recovery. Whistleblowers Mary Hendow and Julie Behn, two former University of Phoenix employees, alleged that the university accepted federal student financial aid while in violation of statutory and regulatory provisions prohibiting post-secondary schools from paying admissions counselors certain forms of incentive-based compensation tied to the number of students recruited. Though the United States did not intervene in this action, the Government provided support and assistance to the whistleblowers at many stages of the case, including filing friend-of-the-court briefs when the case was on appeal to the Ninth Circuit. The two whistleblowers will receive $19 million from the settlement."

The University of Phoenix does not have the specialized accreditation necessary for degrees in psychology.  (Source: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/Search.aspx)   It is accredited for teaching and nursing degrees.

Laura Elliker-Steffens Residential Director Elliker has been with Discovery since 1992.  Laura Elliker holds no professional licenses in Utah and is not a licensed mental health professional, therapist, psychologist, counselor, nor social worker.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Triston Morgan Admissions Director Morgan is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Utah and has been since August, 2008.  He earned his degree at Loma Linda University in 2005.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Mari Allman Admissions Allman has been with Discovery Academy (DA) since 2006.  Allman no longer appears to be working for this program.  Allman is not a licensed mental health professional, therapist, psychologist, counselor, nor social worker.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Casey Pehrson Admissions Pehrson is not a licensed mental health professional, therapist, psychologist, counselor, nor social worker.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Jonathan Jones Headmaster Jones reportedly no longer works for this program.  Jones is not a licensed mental health professional, therapist, psychologist, counselor, nor social worker.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Lee Jensen Headmaster Jensen no longer appears to be working for this program.  Jensen is not a licensed mental health professional, therapist, psychologist, counselor, nor social worker.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Alan Barrett Business Mgr. Barrett has been with DA since 1989.  Barrett is not a licensed mental health professional, therapist, psychologist, counselor, nor social worker.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Linda Whitely Office Mgr. Whitely has been with DA since 2000.  Whitely no longer appears to be working for this program.  Whitely is not a licensed mental health professional, therapist, psychologist, counselor, nor social worker.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Xolani Radebe Family Coordinator Radebe is not a licensed mental health professional, therapist, psychologist, counselor, nor social worker.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Sara Carter Nurse Carter is reportedly not the same individual as the only licensed nurse with similar name in Utah.  Sara Carter-Poole is a Registered Nurse in Utah.  This may be a different person.  Carter-Poole has been licensed in Utah since February, 2010.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Lindi (last name unknown) Nurse HEAL is unable to verify Lindi without additional information (i.e. full name).
Katie Smith Office Mgr. HEAL is unable to verify Smith without full legal name.
Matt Hendry Therapist Matthew Travis Hendry is a licensed professional counselor only.  And, he has been since April, 2009.  He earned his BA at the University of Utah and his MS at the University of Phoenix.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html

See below:

"The Justice Department announced today that the University of Phoenix has agreed to pay the United States $67.5 million to resolve allegations that its student recruitment policies violated the False Claims Act.  This case began as a whistleblower action filed in the Eastern District of California under the False Claims Act, which permits private citizens to bring lawsuits for fraud on behalf of the United States and to share in any recovery. Whistleblowers Mary Hendow and Julie Behn, two former University of Phoenix employees, alleged that the university accepted federal student financial aid while in violation of statutory and regulatory provisions prohibiting post-secondary schools from paying admissions counselors certain forms of incentive-based compensation tied to the number of students recruited. Though the United States did not intervene in this action, the Government provided support and assistance to the whistleblowers at many stages of the case, including filing friend-of-the-court briefs when the case was on appeal to the Ninth Circuit. The two whistleblowers will receive $19 million from the settlement."

The University of Phoenix does not have the specialized accreditation necessary for degrees in psychology.  (Source: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/Search.aspx)   It is accredited for teaching and nursing degrees.

Jackie Rock Therapist Rock came to DA in 2005.  Jackie Zahra Rock (may be a different person) is a licensed professional counselor in Utah and has been since June, 2008.  She earned her degrees from Weber State University and University of Phoenix.

Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html

See below:

"The Justice Department announced today that the University of Phoenix has agreed to pay the United States $67.5 million to resolve allegations that its student recruitment policies violated the False Claims Act.  This case began as a whistleblower action filed in the Eastern District of California under the False Claims Act, which permits private citizens to bring lawsuits for fraud on behalf of the United States and to share in any recovery. Whistleblowers Mary Hendow and Julie Behn, two former University of Phoenix employees, alleged that the university accepted federal student financial aid while in violation of statutory and regulatory provisions prohibiting post-secondary schools from paying admissions counselors certain forms of incentive-based compensation tied to the number of students recruited. Though the United States did not intervene in this action, the Government provided support and assistance to the whistleblowers at many stages of the case, including filing friend-of-the-court briefs when the case was on appeal to the Ninth Circuit. The two whistleblowers will receive $19 million from the settlement."

The University of Phoenix does not have the specialized accreditation necessary for degrees in psychology.  (Source: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/Search.aspx)   It is accredited for teaching and nursing degrees.

Raoul Willard Therapist Educated in Provo, UT.  Willard is not a licensed mental health professional, therapist, psychologist, counselor, nor social worker.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html  He was formerly licensed as an associate professional counselor, but, the license expired in August, 2011.
Dorothy Ah Quin Therapist Ah Quin came to DA in 1992.  Ah Quin is not a licensed mental health professional, therapist, psychologist, counselor, nor social worker.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Nate Mitchell Therapist Mitchell formerly worked as an actor in California and at an residential program for teens.*  Mitchell no longer appears to be working for this program.  Nathan Eugene Mitchell (may be a different person) is licensed as an associate professional counselor only.  He has been since March, 2009.  He earned his degree from the University of Phoenix. 

Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html

See below:

"The Justice Department announced today that the University of Phoenix has agreed to pay the United States $67.5 million to resolve allegations that its student recruitment policies violated the False Claims Act.  This case began as a whistleblower action filed in the Eastern District of California under the False Claims Act, which permits private citizens to bring lawsuits for fraud on behalf of the United States and to share in any recovery. Whistleblowers Mary Hendow and Julie Behn, two former University of Phoenix employees, alleged that the university accepted federal student financial aid while in violation of statutory and regulatory provisions prohibiting post-secondary schools from paying admissions counselors certain forms of incentive-based compensation tied to the number of students recruited. Though the United States did not intervene in this action, the Government provided support and assistance to the whistleblowers at many stages of the case, including filing friend-of-the-court briefs when the case was on appeal to the Ninth Circuit. The two whistleblowers will receive $19 million from the settlement."

The University of Phoenix does not have the specialized accreditation necessary for degrees in psychology.  (Source: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/Search.aspx)   It is accredited for teaching and nursing degrees.

David Hillstead Wilderness Formerly worked at confirmedly abusive Aspen Achievement Academy.  David Randy Hillstead (may be a different person) is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Utah and has been since January, 2001.  He earned his degree from Brigham Young University (BYU).  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
(Dr.) E. Gene Shumway Therapist Professor at BYU and has worked at DA at least since 1996..  Shumway reportedly no longer works for this program.  Shumway is not a licensed mental health professional, therapist, psychologist, counselor, nor social worker.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html  He was formerly licensed as clinical social worker; certified social worker; and marriage and family therapist;  but, the licenses expired in 2004, 1989, and 1983, respectively.  He was not a licensed professional for at least the last 5 years of his tenure at Discovery Academy which reportedly ended in 2009..
Phil Scoville Therapist There is a David Phillip Scoville that is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Utah.  This may be a different person.  David Phillip Scoville has been licensed since November, 2009 and earned his degree from Loma Linda University in September, 2005.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Marni Reeve Therapist Reeve is not a licensed mental health professional, therapist, psychologist, counselor, nor social worker.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Janeen Martin Therapist Martin formerly worked for an unnamed wilderness program and unnamed residential program.*  Martin no longer appears to be working for this program.  Janeen Erin Martin is a certified social worker in Utah and has been since January, 2010.  This may be a different person.  She earned her degree at Brigham Young University in April, 2009.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Nate Porter Supervisor/Therapist Formerly worked at Utah State Hospital.  Porter is licensed solely as an Associate Mental Health Counselor in Utah under the name Nate Quentin Porter.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html  He has been since November, 2013.  He earned his degree from the University of Phoenix. 

Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html

See below:

"The Justice Department announced today that the University of Phoenix has agreed to pay the United States $67.5 million to resolve allegations that its student recruitment policies violated the False Claims Act.  This case began as a whistleblower action filed in the Eastern District of California under the False Claims Act, which permits private citizens to bring lawsuits for fraud on behalf of the United States and to share in any recovery. Whistleblowers Mary Hendow and Julie Behn, two former University of Phoenix employees, alleged that the university accepted federal student financial aid while in violation of statutory and regulatory provisions prohibiting post-secondary schools from paying admissions counselors certain forms of incentive-based compensation tied to the number of students recruited. Though the United States did not intervene in this action, the Government provided support and assistance to the whistleblowers at many stages of the case, including filing friend-of-the-court briefs when the case was on appeal to the Ninth Circuit. The two whistleblowers will receive $19 million from the settlement."

The University of Phoenix does not have the specialized accreditation necessary for degrees in psychology.  (Source: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/Search.aspx)   It is accredited for teaching and nursing degrees.

Bekki Saluone Supervisor Saluone has been with DA since 2003.  Saluone reportedly no longer works for this program.  Saluone is not a licensed mental health professional, therapist, psychologist, counselor, nor social worker.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Mark Edwards Staff Edwards has been with DA since 1990.  Edwards is not a licensed mental health professional, therapist, psychologist, counselor, nor social worker.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Momi Tu'ua Counselor Tu'ua has been with DA since 1995.  Tu'ua is not a licensed mental health professional, therapist, psychologist, counselor, nor social worker.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Kristi Steimle Registrar Steimle has been with DA since 2000.  Steimle is not a licensed mental health professional, therapist, psychologist, counselor, nor social worker.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Lee Jensen Faculty Jensen no longer appears to be working for this program.  For teachers, we generally contact the Utah State Office of Education to confirm educator licensing.  Since Jensen no longer works for this program, we will be skipping Jensen. 
Steve Revelli Faculty Revelli is not currently a licensed educator in Utah.  His level 1 license expired.  Source: Utah State Office of Education.
Robert Stoddard Faculty Stoddard is currently a licensed educator in Utah.  He has a level 2 license that expires in June, 2014.  He is licensed to teach history and political science.  Source: Utah State Office of Education.
Elaine Layosa Faculty Specializes in bio-chemistry.  Layosa is not a licensed educator in Utah.  Source: Utah State Office of Education.
Erin Wiemers Faculty Wiemers has been with DA since 2005. Wiemers no longer appears to be working for this program.  For teachers, we generally contact the Utah State Office of Education to confirm educator licensing.  Since Wiemers no longer works for this program, we will be skipping Wiemers. 
Coleen Gleason Faculty Gleason has been with DA since 2008.  Gleason is not a licensed educator in Utah.  Source: Utah State Office of Education.
Jack Chruma Faculty Chruma has been with DA since 2005.  Chruma is a licensed level 2 educator in Utah.  He is licensed to teach biology.  Source: Utah State Office of Education.
Cory Dixon Faculty Dixon is a licensed level 1 educator specializing in severe and mild/moderate disabilities.  Special Education teacher.  Source: Utah State Office of Education.
Russ McKell Faculty McKell no longer appears to be working for this program.  For teachers, we generally contact the Utah State Office of Education to confirm educator licensing.  Since McKell no longer works for this program, we will be skipping McKell. 
Clark DeLange Faculty Graduate of BYU and former Air National Guardsmen.  DeLange is not currently a licensed educator in Utah.  He was formerly licensed as a level 2 educator in Utah.  But, the license has expired.  Source: Utah State Office of Education.
Greg Beveridge Faculty Beveridge has been with DA since 1994.  Beveridge is a licensed level 2 educator in Utah.  He is licensed to teach Math and Health Sciences.  Source: Utah State Office of Education.
John Moon Faculty Moon is a licensed level 2 educator in Utah.  He is licensed to teach science and biology.  Source: Utah State Office of Education.
Justin Reeves Faculty Reeves is a licensed level 2 educator in Utah.  He is licensed to teach English.  Source: Utah State Office of Education.
Eugene Thorne Founder DEAD Eugene Thorne (a.k.a. D. Eugene Thorne) was formerly an owner of Provo Canyon School.  Dr. D. Eugene Thorne founded Discovery Academy in February of 1990. Dr. Thorne was a co-owner of Provo Canyon School until it was bought by Charter Hospital   Thorne is a licensed psychologist and has been since 1967.  He earned his degree at the University of Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Keith Lederhaus Therapist Reported by survivor (2010-2011) via e-mail.  Keith Lederhaus is a licensed certified social worker in Utah and has been since January, 2011.  He earned his degree from the University of Utah in 2010.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Corrie Agnew Therapist Reported by survivor (2010-2011) via e-mail.  HEAL requires at least the last name to complete our staff verification process.  Agnew is a licensed certified social worker in Utah and has been since August, 2010.  She earned her degree at the University of Utah in May, 2010.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Samantha Patient Girl's Supervisor Patient holds no professional licenses in Utah.  Patient is not a licensed mental health professional, counselor, social worker, therapist, nor social worker.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Adam Anderson Therapist Adam Mark Anderson (may be a different person) is a licensed marriage and family therapist in Utah.  He has only been licensed since April, 2010.  He earned his degree from Loma Linda University in March, 2010.
Nick Pakidko Headmaster Pakidko is a licensed educator in Utah.  Source: Utah State Office of Education.
Christin Prestwich Admissions/Therapist Christin Renae Buck (reportedly the same person) is a licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist in Utah and has been since February, 2012.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/search.html 
Barbara Davis Admissions Davis holds no professional licenses in Utah.  Davis is not a licensed mental health professional, counselor, social worker, therapist, nor social worker.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Lance Hall Therapist Lance Matthew Hall (may be a different person) is a licensed clinical social worker in Utah and has been since 2009.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/search.html
Brian Allred Therapist HEAL requires Allred's middle name in order to verify whether or not Allred holds any professional licenses in UT.  There is a Brian Lamar Allred who is a licensed clinical mental health counselor in Utah and has been since 2001.  But, that person earned their degree at University of Phoenix, so that in itself would pose a problem regarding proper education and credentials.  He earned his degree from the University of Phoenix in 2001, before the judgment against University of Phoenix below. 

Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html

See below:

"The Justice Department announced today that the University of Phoenix has agreed to pay the United States $67.5 million to resolve allegations that its student recruitment policies violated the False Claims Act.  This case began as a whistleblower action filed in the Eastern District of California under the False Claims Act, which permits private citizens to bring lawsuits for fraud on behalf of the United States and to share in any recovery. Whistleblowers Mary Hendow and Julie Behn, two former University of Phoenix employees, alleged that the university accepted federal student financial aid while in violation of statutory and regulatory provisions prohibiting post-secondary schools from paying admissions counselors certain forms of incentive-based compensation tied to the number of students recruited. Though the United States did not intervene in this action, the Government provided support and assistance to the whistleblowers at many stages of the case, including filing friend-of-the-court briefs when the case was on appeal to the Ninth Circuit. The two whistleblowers will receive $19 million from the settlement."

The University of Phoenix does not have the specialized accreditation necessary for degrees in psychology.  (Source: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/Search.aspx)   It is accredited for teaching and nursing degrees.

Ann Ngatai Therapist Ngatai is licensed solely as an Associate Clinical Mental Health Counselor in UT and has been licensed as such since September, 2011.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Chris Brown Therapist HEAL requires Chris Brown's full legal name (complete first (i.e. Christian, Christopher, etc.), middle, and last) in order to verify whether Brown holds any professional licenses in Utah.
Jen Festi Residential Festi holds no professional licenses in Utah.  Festi is not a licensed mental health professional, counselor, social worker, therapist, nor social worker.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Tara Huber Student Services Huber holds no professional licenses in Utah.  Huber is not a licensed mental health professional, counselor, social worker, therapist, nor social worker.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Monique Hadley Faculty Hadley is not a licensed educator in Utah.  Source: Utah State Office of Education.
Thomas Richards Faculty Richards is a licensed educator in Utah.  Source: Utah State Office of Education.
Keli Huber Faculty Huber is a licensed educator in Utah.  Source: Utah State Office of Education.
Sabrina Gentry Faculty Gentry is a licensed educator in Utah.  Source: Utah State Office of Education.
Delicia Barker Faculty Barker is a licensed educator in Utah.  Source: Utah State Office of Education.
Annette Reitano Faculty Reitano is a licensed educator in Utah.  Source: Utah State Office of Education.
Natalie Wood Faculty Wood is a licensed educator in Utah.  Source: Utah State Office of Education.
Derek Farr Faculty Farr is a licensed educator in Utah.  Source: Utah State Office of Education.
Xolani Radebe Family Coordinator Radebe holds no professional licenses in Utah.  Radebe is not a licensed mental health professional, counselor, social worker, therapist, nor social worker.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Sara Carter Medical Services Carter is licensed solely as an RN and under the name Sara Carter-Poole.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Janet Stodmeister Psychiatry Stodtmeister (spelling differs from Discovery Academy website) is a licensed APRN in Utah with controlled substance permit and has been licensed as such since November, 2012.
Luda Antujchow Food Services HEAL does not perform staff qualification/credential checks on food service, maintenance, nor general office personnel.
Oleg Antujchow Facilities/Maintenance HEAL does not perform staff qualification/credential checks on food service, maintenance, nor general office personnel.
Steve Nadauld Director (board) Nadauld holds no professional licenses in Utah.  Nadauld is not a licensed mental health professional, counselor, social worker, therapist, nor social worker.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Scott Petersen Director (board) HEAL requires Petersen's full name (including first, middle, and last) in order to verify whether or not Petersen holds any professional licenses in Utah.
Dane Kay Director (board) Kay holds no professional licenses in Utah.  Kay is not a licensed mental health professional, counselor, social worker, therapist, nor social worker.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html   In addition, Kay comes from the Kay Family involved with WWASPS family of fraudulent and abusive programs.
Jim Salisbury Director (board)
Name: JAMES E SALISBURY
City, State, Zip, Country: SALT LAKE CITY, UT 84147, UNITED STATES
Profession: MARRIAGE & FAMILY THERAPY
License Type: MARRIAGE & FAMILY THERAPIST
License Number: 117446-3902
Obtained By: UNKNOWN
License Status: DENIED
Original Issue Date:
Expiration Date:
Agency and Disciplinary Action*: NONE
Docket Number: N/A


Salisbury has been denied licensure in Utah.  This is a huge red flag!  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Steve Petersen Director (board) Petersen holds no professional licenses in Utah.  Petersen is not a licensed mental health professional, counselor, social worker, therapist, nor social worker.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
(Dr.) Don Dixon Staff/Therapist Dixon is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in UT (checked October 9th, 2019).  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Sharon Kay Staff/Therapist (1990s-?)  
Joseph Butler Staff Reportedly sexually assaulted a resident in the kitchen and is believed to no longer be employed by Discovery Academy.
OTHER OTHER Discovery Academy is associated with the following programs by ownership:

RedCliff Ascent

Discovery Ranch

Oxbow Academy

Medicine Wheel

HEAL has received the list of calls to Provo Police from 2001 through September, 2012.  The calls include reports of child abuse, forcible sexual abuse of a child, three missing children, rape with an instrument/object, sexual abuse of a child, unlawful sexual activity, and more.  It is HEAL's opinion that no reasonable nor sane person would knowingly subject a child to the environment at Discovery Academy.
Survivor Comment--Ashley Frost: "I went to Discovery Academy (the other program that Dr. Thorne was affiliated with) and encountered several accounts of physical and mental abuse.  I would like to see all places of this kind shut down because they are not helpful and cause more harm than good." (Close Provo Canyon School Petition)
Survivor Comment--Nicole Laughlin: "i went to another school called Discovery Academy in Provo Utah. And I say shut all these schools down.(Close Provo Canyon School Petition)
Parent Comment--Paula Bryant: "(Mother of Discovery Academy Victim)  good work-these programs have no safeguards to protect children ,they are profit organizations and the government (federal) need to take more concern .Maybe the gov. should impose monetary fines and stiffer penalties-as the schools teaches THERE ARE CONSEQUENCES FOR BAD DECISIONS, and should be held to the same ;if not higher standards(Close Provo Canyon School Petition)
Survivor Comment--Nikki Reiman: "I did not attend PCS, but was "locked up" at Discovery Academy, another institute of Dr. Thorne.  I was there from 1993-1996 and am now 27 years old.  I suffer from slight scoliosis, brought on from an abundance of standing (DA's form of punishment) as informed to me from my doctor, and am looking into getting my right knee replaced soon as it is difficult to walk.  Another result of their punishment.  I would LOVE to see these institutions shut down, FOREVER!(Close Provo Canyon School Petition)
Discovery Ranch & Discovery Academy use the same Positive Control Systems methods as Eagle Ranch Academy and WWASPS.
To visit an archived web-forum for Discovery Academy survivors, please click here.
Mother sues school, says son was assaultedPROVO — A mother of a former student of a boarding school for troubled youth is suing the school, claiming her son was sexually assaulted by other students.  The mother, from Aliso Viejo, Calif., seeks at least $200,000 in damages against the Discovery Academy, 105 N. 500 West, in Provo, and the parents of students identified as John and Jane Does 1-10, according to the suit filed Aug. 14 in 4th District Court.   For complete story, click here.
External Link: Mark Levine Radio Broadcast Exposing Institutionalized Abuse at Discovery Academy: http://marklevine.tv/does-the-city-of-provo-endorse-kidnapping/
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 Provo Police at (801) 852-6210  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 Discovery Academy 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 Discovery Academy 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.
4/6/22: COPE Conversion Program Progress Report on Discovery Academy

 *(Discovery 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.)

 Last Updated: April 6th, 2022

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