I’m very familiar with the RTC’s in Utah, including the rampant abuse that has taken place at them for decades. I’ll be curious to see if more media coverage changes anything. I dated someone briefly who was a therapist at the Provo Canyon School and she had a lot to say about the awful things that happened between the residents and line staff.
My experience has been that most parents send their children away genuinely hoping that they can get help for their son or daughter, and in a lot of cases that doesn’t happen. In fact, I spoke with a former staff who had many years of experience working in RTCs and she said she would never consider sending any of her children to a residential program, which spoke volumes.
As mentioned in the article, this industry pumps a lot of money into the state’s economy and has generally been unregulated. I find it to be exploitative of families in crisis, although I know of some success stories. Anyway, interesting thing to think about considering how popular these programs really are in Utah.