H.R. 3060 Stop Child Abuse in Residential Programs for Teens Act of 2015
In 2008, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) documented over 1,300 reports of maltreatment by staff at a variety of programs spanning across 34 states, including substantiated accounts of starvation, excessive use of physical restraints and isolation, severe verbal abuse and intimidation and neglectful medical practices. The GAO made clear that the lack of federal oversight and a loose patchwork of state regulations failed to properly license and monitor residential facilities, which put an already vulnerable population of children at higher risk for multiple forms of abuse, and even death. Robbing the child of the most basic elements that are needed in childhood development, creating severe trauma, including PTSD, Severe Depression, Anxiety.
This deceptive practice of moving abusive facilities from state to state to dodge regulation has been replicated by many other programs across the country because of disparate state regulations. Operating in several forms — juvenile boot camps, residential treatment, drug rehabilitation, therapeutic boarding schools, wilderness programs and behavior modification efforts — many types of residential treatment have been the subject of serious reports of abuse at one time or another.
Abusive facilities that operate under the guise of providing real therapy have no place in our society and families who turn to residential programs for help, often as a last resort, must know that their children are safe and in the care of professionals. That’s why legislation is so important. I urge you to come together to support the children of the United States and protect them from Institutional child abuse. Please support this bill together we can make a difference and create change.