In the United States the therapeutic residential treatment programs for teens have become a billion dollar industry. Though they go by many different names such as teen wilderness programs, therapeutic boarding schools, emotional growth boarding schools, behavioral therapy boarding schools, residential treatment centers for troubled teens, juvenile boot camp programs, teen drug addiction treatment centers, behavior modification programs, detoxes and sober living homes. No matter the title used these facilities all share in one common goal and that is not to help your child but to make money. Our Maryland child injury attorneys feel it is irresponsible and negligent for such facilities to place profits over the safety of our children. At Bowers Law our Maryland treatment center injury attorneys have handled many cases helping parents and their children get the justice they deserve. Please contact if your child has been hurt, injured, sexually abused, relapsed or died while under the care of a drug treatment center in Maryland. They have many years experience handling treatment center injury lawsuits in MD.
With offices throughout Maryland we serve the entire state including Annapolis, Baltimore, Bel Air, College Park, Frederick, Salisbury & Towson.
Signs Of Abuse
It can often be difficult to detect signs of abuse as these programs have strict restrictions on children communicating with anyone outside of the program. Regardless, the following policies should raise serious red flags that abuse may be occurring:
- The facility does not allow you to visit the program
- Phone call monitoring
- They tell you to expect that your child will lie to you while in the program, and encourage you not to believe reports of abuse because these will be “attempts at manipulation.”
- The facility monitors family visits with no opportunities to have private discussion with your child
- Failures to contact you immediately in the case of illness, injury, emergency or treatment changes
- The facility uses harsh and excessive discipline practices that include: seclusion, restraint, corporal punishment, punitive “behavioral modification,” fear tactics, humiliation, peer-on-peer discipline / peer pressure, forced labor, heightened physiological stress* or sedation by medication
- Changes in your child’s behavior – such as, aggression, anger, hostility or hyperactivity
- Changes in your child’s forms of communication (such as attempting to call instead of email and requests for in-person visits)
- Unusual health complaints from your child (headaches, stomach aches, etc.)
- A decline in your child’s academic performance
- Attempts by your child to flee the facility
- Threats of self-harm and attempts at suicide
- Unexplained fractures, bruises, and cuts
- Your child relapsing while under the care of the facility (in these cases the staff members often provide the very vulnerable residents with drugs)
- Injuries that don’t match the given explanation
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