Survivor Survey – Kinderly M.

Copper Canyon Academy Survivor Survey – Kinderly M.

Date of Submission: 9-12-12


Do you wish to grant further testimony to investigators? – No.


Age and year of admittance – 15


How long was your stay at Copper Canyon Academy? – 11 months


How long have you been back home? – almost 2 years


Did you graduate the program? – yes


Before the program did you have a serious drug problem? Please describe severity – no


Before the program were you admitted to any other residential treatment, for instance a mental hospital? – no


Before the program did you have a criminal record or spend time in Juvenile Hall? – no


Where you court ordered, or did your parents choose to send you to the program? – parents chose the program


Did you consent to treatment at CCA? Did you sign a contract? – no


Was there a medical admissions process? Please describe – no


Were your medical records considered before you were admitted into CCA? – no


Were you strip searched? How many times? – no


How much was your tuition? – no


In your opinion were the teachers, good teachers? Did they have degrees and certifications? – unknown


Were your tests open book, multiple choice tests? Would you consider them easy to pass? – no


How many school credits did you earn in what period of time? – i gained all my credits but they failed to give me a science class which kept me back in school


Did you receive a diploma from CCA? – no


Was a certified medical professional available to students at their request? – she didnt seem very professional to me


Were proper check ups, dental cleaning, and medication observation appointments held regularly? – no


If you got sick were you given adequate treatment and rest? – no


Were you ever refused medical care because staff said that you were “faking it”? – yes


Was a medical service offered for drug detox or drug rehabilitation? – no


Was there any kind of “Drug Education” available for students who had used drugs in the past? – no


What is the name of your case manager/ “Therapist”? Did they have degrees/ licenses? What were their qualifications before taking the job at CCA? – unknown


Was group therapy considered to be of a confrontational nature? – yes


Do you feel you were forced to confess to things you did not do in order to progress in the program? – yes


Were students encouraged to accept that they were alcoholics or drug addicts? Was this required to advance in the program? – yes


Were students encouraged to follow a 12 step program in order to earn levels and graduate the program – yes


Were students encouraged to accept a “higher power” contingent to their recovery? – seemed like they pushed it on you


In your opinion, How was the food quality? Was it prepared properly? Were safety and health codes followed in the kitchen? – doesnt seem like it


Did you ever go hungry? Were you given proper portions? Was food ever withheld as a punishment? Please describe “Non-Compliant” meals. How many days in a row were you on “Non-Compliant” meals? – me never but alot of others could be every meal every day


Did you gain a lot of weight? Were you forced to eat more than you were able to eat? – you were foreced to eat all of your food if you didnt you got work hours so yeah i got fat


Were you ever punished for vomiting? – yes


Please describe the “Work Hour” experience. How did you feel about this? – sucked


Were upper levels or any level students asked to babysit the staff’s children, or taken to the staff’s house for any extended period of time? – no


Where you aware of anyone being restrained and/ or isolated from the group? – yes


What reasons were these people restrained/ isolated/ made to sit in stress positions? (please describe actual events) Where stress positions utilized? Were there more time in isolation given if the student would move, cry or speak? – yes


Please describe “Staff Buddy”, “The Desert Process” and the purpose of the yellow/ orange construction vests.- if you tried to run away or self harm you had a a staff watching you every min


(Please describe the rules and structure that would pertain to a level 1 student.)


Was contact with your parents limited? Where your letters (to and from) intercepted? Were your letters opened, read, crossed out or cut? – yes


How long before you were able to speak to your parents on the phone? Were your phone calls monitored? – yes


If you felt you were being abused, was there anyway you could get to a phone and have a private conversation with your parents, child services or an officer of the law? – no


If you wanted to leave were you discouraged to tell your parents how you felt? Were you afraid that you would be punished if you were to describe any incidents of abuse to your parents? – yes


Were there other students (upper levels) assigned to watch over you? What was their role? Did they give you consequences/ “hold you accountable”? Were they instructed to restrain you or monitor the isolation area, bathrooms and showers? – yes


Did you have to raise your hand and wait to ask permission from staff (or upper levels) to speak, stand, eat, go to the bathroom and do other normal activities? – sometimes


How often were you allowed to speak freely? Were you not allowed to speak with others in your group? – on level 1


Did you have to walk in line? How often? Were there consequences if you did not line up properly? – yes


Would you be given a consequence if you forgot something? (for instance, a pen or a book) – yes


Were your personal items inspected by other students? (upper levels?) without your consent or presence? – sometimes


(Please describe the rules and structure that would pertain to an “upper level” student.)


What were the requirements in order to progress in the level system? Was approval from the other upper levels required? – there were alot of steps over 3 month periods


What kind of staff responsibilities were upper levels given? – goign off campus wearing their own clothes and make up as well as family visits


Were upper levels required to give out consequences, citations or to hold lower levels accountable for minor rule violations? – no


Were the rules upper levels enforced specific to the rule book or were the definitions of those rules assumed? Could rules easily be made up or “held accountable” under a category that was vague enough to be given out for any number of things? – yes


Were you punished/ held back if you chose not to tattle or pass out citations, and opted to verbally warn students instead? – yes


Did an upper level have to power to influence a child put onto “staff buddy” or into any isolation process? Were upper levels instructed to watch or participate in restraints? – no


Were upper levels required to give visiting parents a glowing testimonial of their experience in the program, or make testimonial videos or letters? Were pre-written scripts required to be read during the filming of promotional videos? – yes


What would happen if an upper level student mentioned anything bad about the program in front of a parent? Were students afraid of punishment if they told the truth? – yes


How easily could an upper level get dropped (start the program over)? What infractions would make an upper level drop and what level did they usually go back to? – very easily


Please describe your seminar experience. – i think seminars were the only thing i took away from the program


What are your opinions of the owners/ Directors of CCA? – they dont know how to run a school/ rehab properly


Do you believe that the program acting within the means of “Tough Love” was appropriate treatment for you in your adolescence? – no


Do you believe that the staff and junior staff usually acted within the US standards for health, safety and well being of the students? – no


Considering long term effects, do you think your experience at DRA has an effect on your life today? Positive or negative? – somewhat