There is a multi-million dollar industry of private residential treatment programs operating throughout
the U.S. that claim to treat "troubled teens." What many of these wilderness programs, boot camps and academies
don’t market are their "treatments," which sometimes include food and water deprivation, beatings, hard labor,
electric shock, public humiliation, denial of medical care, solitary confinement for weeks at a time, and worse.
It is time to ensure that families who turn to these programs for help have peace of mind that their children
are safe and in the care of professionals. That’s why the Center and the Protect Youth from Institutional Abuse Campaign is
working to pass legislation in California and in Congress to regulate these programs.
Join us by signing the petition now and help end instutional
abuse of our youth!