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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A disability rights group has filed a federal complaint charging that North Carolina children in private psychiatric facilities did not receive proper educational services.

The nonprofit Disability Rights NC is asking the US Department of Education to investigate.

The complaint filed last week with the federal agency follows an investigation by the nonprofit group and law student from the University of North Carolina who interviewed patients at a treatment facility in Charlotte. The group’s previous complaints have resulted in changes at a North Carolina school for the deaf and at facilities for adults with mental illnesses and the elderly.

The Associated Press left messages for officials with the US Education Department and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services that were not immediately returned Tuesday morning..

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2015 years 10 months ago

but there is a facility of this nature located in Brunswick county and having worked there as a “behavioral aide’ or whatever kind of crap title they were using it was a joke. The kids werent learning anything and the abuse going on was ridiculous. Do some research it has to be public record where one resident cut up his hand so badly and was denied proper medical treatment for days only to end up in RDU area having to have major surgery on his hand. They dont care one bit about the “children/teens” they claim to help. In fact if truth be told the DSS was a party to alot of the goings on. MDs falsifying reports about seeing patients for weeks on end. (truth hurts Dr B) which was and still is outright federal medicaid fraud. Some nursing staff would stand up for the kids only to be fired or repremanded while others would quit out of sheer disgust. The turn over in Behavioral staff was mindblowing and I doubt anything has changed in the years since they opened back in 2009. The ‘teachers were barely qualified to teach gerbils for the most part so many times kids held till they were 18 were still illterate when they were kicked out of the facility. Place needs to be shut down!!!

2015 years 10 months ago

If you knew this was going on, why didn’t you report it to proper authorities? But, sometimes, if a kid does not want to learn, it is a waste of time trying to teach him/her.

2015 years 10 months ago

But as you know Charlie Warren was running Brunswick DSS at the time so complaining to BDSS was hopeless.. I know myself and others did complain to Raleigh but the dirty sad truth there is big money in these private facilities which brings up the issue of money changing hands. Please dont confuse the facility known as Yahweh Center which does amazing work with younger children and at times has struggled financially just to make ends meet (they put the kids and what they need well ahead of the bottom line and putting money in the wallets of management). Alot of times the “behavorial” staff that SBC had working for them they would mass hire and hope out of 20 people they might keep 3 or 4 of them.

As I said many of us tried to to the right thing but believe me certain people were spies and if there was any indication you were a ‘rat’ they got rid of you under bogus reasons claiming you violated some obscure policy which you were never ‘written’ up for. Essentially with the economy being as bad as it was back 3 yrs ago it was try to do the right thing secretly while appearing to keep your mouth shut.. Admittedly some of the teens had legit pysch issues but Id dare say a majority of the males in the facility ended up there as an alternative to Detention sentences with them pumping the kids full of meds that we’rent approved for use in minors which left more then a few with concerning issues (take their meds and would literally walk around stoned and mentally glazed over all day).

Eventually I had had enough and additionally I had family which got a job offer out of the area which made leaving that much easier but I still hope and pray for those teens each and everyday and hope that the right thing will happen one day to that facility


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