Survivor Testimony

The Truth About Diamond Ranch Academy – Survivors Speak Out

What is it like in Diamond Ranch Academy? – Reddit Troubled Teens Responds

I spent 10 months in an abusive residential treatment center for teens – Ask Me Anything

Diamond Ranch Academy Survivor – Reddit Troubled Teens

Survivor Accounts: Restraint

Survivor Statement – Samantha

Survivor Statement – Zach


Survivor Survey

Survivor Survey – 2009, 11 months

Survivor Survey – 2008, 9 months

Take the DRA Survivor Survey here: DRA Survey


HEAL Investigates Diamond Ranch Academy

Message from HEAL Director Angela Smith:

HEAL is a network of individuals and families that have been harmed by fraudulent and abusive behavior modification programs.  Diamond Ranch Academy has been on HEAL’s watch-list since 2004.  Dozens of individuals and families have reported to us that Diamond Ranch Academy is abusive.  In addition, Diamond Ranch Academy has been repeatedly cited by the Environmental Protection Agency for violating the Safe Drinking Water Act.  HEAL also believes Diamond Ranch Academy is a fraudulent program based on our review of Diamond Ranch Academy’s enrollment agreement.  To learn more, keep reading or visit and – Diamond Ranch Academy - Survivor Statements:

  1. Survivor Statement – Anonymous
  2. Survivor Statement – Christian
  3. Survivor Statement – Anonymous
  4. Survivor Statement – Aaron
  5. Survivor Statement – Anonymous

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