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RFI Survey 2015 – Alana

Diamond Ranch Academy Survivor Survey – Alana P. What age were you and what year(s) were you enrolled in Diamond Ranch Academy? – 14...

Diamond Ranch Academy Survivor Survey – Alana P.

What age were you and what year(s) were you enrolled in Diamond Ranch Academy? – 14 year  2015

Did you experience the Homeless/ O&A/ RFI process? – Yes

How long were you in the Homeless/ O&A/ RFI process? – My first two months I was in rfi I didn’t get the chance to be out once

What activities were commonly required during the Homeless/ O&A/ RFI process? – Picking up twigs cleaning horse stalls picking up leaves sweeping rocks

What kind of meals were you served throughout the Homeless/ O&A/ RFI process? – Same as everyone else

Were you ever restrained? Why? – Yes multiple times refused to do strip search when on suicide watch refused to eat lamb

Did you witness restraint? Why was that person restrained? – Yes my best friend they messed her nerve system on her face she had to take steroids for her nerves for 1 month she did literally nothing all those SUPERVISORS got fired

In your opinion, what was the purpose of the Homeless/ O&A/ RFI process? – To punish kids for irrelevant things like talking to boys even though on the website it says coed

What were you told by staff was the purpose of the Homeless/ O&A/ RFI process? – Not to punish but for u to reevaluate

After you finished the Homeless/ O&A/ RFI process, were you ever dropped back down to “homeless” or sent to RFI? – Yes

Was RFI different than Homeless/ O&A? How? – I don’t know I wasn’t there for homeless

Were you strip searched? How many times? – Yes 8 times

In your opinion, would you consider this process to be therapeutic? Absolutely not at all

Did you experience any medical issues while participating in the Homeless/ O&A/ RFI process?

Were those medical issues properly addressed? – No I had glass in my foot from my last program for at least a week before they even thought about taking it out

If you could recommend any changes to DRA’s Homeless/ O&A/ RFI process, what would it be? – Close the school

Full Testimony (if provided)

I was 14 when I first got sent away to dra it was so traumatizing I was there for drug and behavior problems. And that place did not help at all it actually made things worse on me. I left dra December 30 th 2015 after being discharged after being there for 7 months.


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