Regulating the Troubled Teen Industry

New Efforts to Crack Down on Residential Programs for Troubled Teens

The first legislation aimed at regulating residential programs for troubled teens was introduced on Thursday in the House and the Senate. The bill would crack down on hundreds of programs housing thousands of teens, many of which use punishing “tough love” regimes found to include physical, sexual and emotional abuse.

The Stop Child Abuse in Residential Programs for Teens Act of 2011 was sponsored in the House by Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) and in the Senate by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa). A previous version of the bill passed the House twice, but was never introduced in the Senate (at the time, the relevant Senate committee was focused on President Obama’s health care legislation).

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  • Wow…… did anyone else note the link to Elan School in Poland Maine on this article?

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  • SoberPJ

    This is great news … and to think, all those troubled kids started somewhat like this –

  • disclosure

    Peer pressure had nothing to do with my first drink, my natural disdain for the injustice of my treatment did.

  • JR, I noticed that the parent co. of Aspen Ed. is Bain Capital.

  • Im going to read all these articles and get back to post later. Its really disturbing but Im glad to see the Congress talking action. this senator might me a good target for the 12 step problems as well.

  • I hope they succeed in getting this passed this time. There needs to alot more oversight of these programs that feed off the desperate parents wanting help for there children,
    Even though some might be reputable-the industry needs stricter guidlines to protect
    teens. There is a lot of money these providers get. 5K-10K amonth! For that could one not hire a live in therapist and private tutor etc?

  • A useful and important post.

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