Washington’s Out-of-State Youth Plead: Let Us Come Home Report and Recommendations.
Disability Rights Washington.
Published: October 2018
Disability Rights Washington
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This report is designed to expose the conditions and treatment experienced by Washington foster youth at the Clarinda Academy, an institution in Iowa. It begins by explaining the Disability Rights Watch (DRW) organization began its investigation of Clarinda Academy several months after DRW discovered that the Children’s Administration of the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services was placing many young people in out-of-State institutions. This report details non-identifying evidence regarding Washington State’s failure to oversee the care and treatment at Clarinda Academy and the improper practices that its private-for-profit corporation, Sequel, has allowed. The case examples from Clarinda Academy are intended to illustrate how Washington’s use of out-of-State facilities is creating an unacceptably heightened risk of abuse and neglect and further harm to youth who have already suffered from multiple, prolonged, or chronic traumatic events. Findings indicate: Clarinda Academy subjects young people needing mental health treatment to highly restrictive and segregated residential and educational services; placement at Clarinda Academy is involuntary; Washington does not provide sufficient oversight to ensure Clarinda Academy’s use of physical restraints is safe and appropriate; and Clarinda Academy does not offer the treatment needed to address complex trauma. The report concludes Washington must stop sending young people to places where the youth are further isolated from their communities and Washington cannot oversee their treatment, and bring their youth home. 92 references.
disabilities; childrens rights; foster adolescents; residential treatment; out of home care; state laws; investigations; physical restraint; residential care institutions; Washington