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DRA Survey – 2015 – Madi

Diamond Ranch Academy Survivor Survey – Madi Date of Submission: 11/28/16 Do you wish to grant further testimony to investigators? – Yes....

Diamond Ranch Academy Survivor Survey – Madi

Date of Submission: 11/28/16

Do you wish to grant further testimony to investigators? – Yes.

Age and year of admittance – 17 in 2015

How long was your stay at D.R.A.? –

How long have you been back home? – Three months

Did you graduate from DRA? –

Before the program did you have a serious drug problem? Please describe severity – Yes. Alcoholism was destroying me

Before the program were you admitted to any other residential treatment, for instance a mental hospital? –

Before the program did you have a criminal record or spend time in Juvenile Hall? –

Where you court ordered, or did your parents choose to send you to DRA? – I agreed with my parents that I needed help

Did you consent to treatment at DRA? Did you sign a contract? – My parents did

Was there a medical admissions process? Please describe – All students have a contract to sign when enrolling, granging permission for every activity that takes place

Were your medical records considered before you were admitted into DRA? –

Were you strip searched? How many times? – Never entirely because it is illegal and they do not have the right to do so

How much was your tuition?

Considering how much your tuition cost, Do you think you were given an adequate education at DRA.? – I took what I wanted from education, as does everyone, I never took school seriously but could if I wanted to

In your opinion were the teachers, good teachers? Did they have degrees and certifications? – Absolutely, they would not have been hired if they didn’t

Were your tests open book, multiple choice tests? Would you consider them easy to pass? – Most tests were very easy

How many school credits did you earn in what period of time? –

Did you receive a diploma from DRA? – No

Was a certified medical professional available to students at their request? –

Were proper check ups, dental cleaning, and medication observation appointments held regularly? – Yes

If you got sick were you given adequate treatment and rest? – No,they did not much for sick or injured people

Were you ever refused medical care because staff said that you were “faking it”? – Never

Was a medical service offered for drug detox or drug rehabilitation? – None for I didn’t need it

Was there any kind of “Drug Education” available for students who had used drugs in the past? – Yes, AA and NA groups are held each week as well as substance abuse groups. Each kid also has an individual therapist to work with

What is the name of your case manager/ “Therapist”? Did they have degrees/ licenses? What were their qualifications before taking the job at DRA? – No therapist would be hired without actually being a therapist, there are regulations you know. Its not a free forall. Rules are followed

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

Do you feel you were forced to confess to things you did not do in order to progress in the program? – Never

Were students encouraged to accept that they were alcoholics or drug addicts? Was this required to advance in the program? – Yes for it is the first step in recovery. No one in any programs will get “better” until they air that they are not well

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

Were students encouraged to accept a “higher power” contingent to their recovery? – Yes for it is a big part of the NA and AA system

In your opinion, How was the food quality? Was it prepared properly? Were safety and health codes followed in the kitchen? – Yes. I personally worked in the kitchen often and it is that cleanest one I have ever seen

Did you ever go hungry? Were you given proper portions? Was food ever withheld as a punishment? – Once again,it would be extremely illegal to withhold food from students therefore it did not happen. Portions were sometimes too small

Did you gain a lot of weight? Were you forced to eat more than you were able to eat? – You are required to eat to meals a day to ensure eating disorders were not being encouraged or formed

Were you ever punished for vomiting? – No

Please describe the “homeless” (Observation & Assessment) experience. How did you feel about this? – “O&A” was abandoned years ago and anyone that says they have experienced it in the last three years is lying. RFI is a form of punishment and I spent a lot of time there due to me being a little shit

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? – This is absurd and highly illegal for we did not even leave the ranch often especially not alone with a staff. Silly question.

Where you aware of anyone being restrained and isolated from the group? – Yes

What reasons were these people restrained? (please describe actual events) – Extreme defiance

Where stress positions utilized? Were there more time in isolation given if the student would move, cry or speak? – No. People are rarely restrained

(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? – Letters were monitored in and out, but could not be intercepted

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 private conversations but if a busy were taking place there are many people to reach out to

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? – I was there for a year and did not witness anything close to abuse

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? – They were not allowed to enter our bathrooms at the same time as us. But we were constantly under supervision

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? – Not to stand up unless sin RFI. If you had to leave the room to use the bathroom the yes because they needed to know where u were at all timss

How often were you allowed to speak freely? Were you not allowed to speak with others in your group? – The only time we weren’t allowed to talk to each other was in RFI

Did you have to walk in line? How often? Were there consequences if you did not line up properly? – No one had to line up

Would you be given a consequence if you forgot something? (for instance, a pen or a book) – 3 hours rfi

Were your personal items inspected by other students? (upper levels?) without your consent or presence? – Yes but they would be with a staff

(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? –

What kind of staff responsibilities were upper levels given? –

Were upper levels required to give out consequences, citations or to hold lower levels accountable for minor rule violations? – Never

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 given under a category that was vague enough to be given out for any number of things? – No

Were you punished/ held back if you chose not to pass out citations, and opted to verbally warn students instead? – This didn’t exist

Did an upper level have to power to influence a child being taken to the isolation room? Were upper levels instructed to watch or participate in restraints? – There was no isolation room

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? – No. Kids would tell their ACTUAL stories of success to parents

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? – Irrationally, yes. But nothing would have happened to them

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? – No one would ever start the program over. That was in the old ranch about the years ago. These questions are very outdated

What are your opinions of the owners/ Directors of D.R.A? –

Do you believe that the program acting within the means of “Tough Love” was appropriate treatment for you in your adolescence? – Yes

Do you believe that the staff and junior staff usually acted within the US standards for health, safety and well being of the students? – Yes

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

Full Testimony (if provided)

Anyone claiming abuse and telling stories of how “hirrible” it was is a crybaby #1 and #2 just like anything in life,you take what you out in. Alana p. From another testimony? I went with her, she acted our worse than anyone I’ve ever seen and not once was she abused. Be careful what you believe here pekple. This place is not full of evil sociopathic monsters that want to hurt kids. The place was created to help. Bad staff? Of course. No facility is going to be perfect. I ran from the place I hated it so much but I’ll tell you what. Dra has saved my life and I’m so thankful for how it has helped me. It helped me grow up. And that is exactly what all these crybabies that are still bagging on one of the world’s nicest facilities need to do.

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