How can you help us. These are listed in order of importance.
1. Read the article by clicking here: http://www.salon.com/2012/07/18/dark_side_of_a_bain_success/singleton/
2. At the top of the article
3. After reading the article, please comment on the article. Comments are very important. Feel free to comment more than once, reply to other people's comments, etc. Instructions on commenting on salon (and anywhere else the article gets posted we can update the page as we know)
4. If you have your own blog please post one of the blurbs below and then link to the article.
Investigation Reveals Culture of Systemic Abuse and Neglect at
Bain-Owned Treatment Centers
New details emerge on several wrongful deaths since the Bain takeover in 2006
Bain Capital, the private equity firm founded by Mitt Romney in 1984, prides itself on turning around failing businesses. But lawsuits and critics allege that controversial profit-maximizing methods and the residential treatment industry don't mix.
In 2006, Bain took over the CRC Health Group, including a national drug-treatment chain, and went on an acquisition frenzy — adding more sites and venturing into the world of residential facilities for troubled teens by buying Aspen Education. Aspen was a scandal-plagued company even before Bain took over — facing a high-profile wrongful death suit over the 2004 heat stroke death of a boy at one of its wilderness camps. Now there are allegations that things have gotten worse.
In a months-long investigation, reporter Art Levine traveled to Utah and California and interviewed current and former staffers and residents of CRC facilities, revealing reports of systemic abuse and neglect that has flourished in the last six years under Bain.
Levine tells the story of Brendan Blum — a 14-year-old autistic boy, left in an isolation room all night at a CRC facility as he screamed in agony. Hours later he was dead from a twisted bowel infarction, his corpse discovered on the morning shift. In the 12 years before Bain took over, CRC had no known cases of a wrongful death. But Levine uncovered fresh details about six wrongful deaths since the Bain takeover in 2006.
He also explores how CRC permitted “therapy” to run amok, with some girls forced to do lap dances during sessions and used distorted disciplinary practices, including encounter sessions so harsh that some girls choked themselves to avoid attending. In what critics and lawsuits suggest was part of a drive for profits, medical staff in at least two drug treatment facilities were pressured to admit patients who were far too ill for the facilities to handle. And in a drive to avoid scrutiny, at many CRC facilities, lower-level staff were barred from calling 911.
Levine asks whether these abusive and sometimes deadly incidents reflect the CRC corporate culture, which critics say elevates profits over the health and safety of clients. And he examines whether CRC’s corporate culture, in turn, reflects the attitudes and financial imperatives of its owners at Bain Capital. Mitt Romney, Levine finds, is likely aware of the problems at CRC: Not only are two of his major campaign donors on CRC’s board, but two of his key fundraisers, Robert Lichfield, and Mel Sembler, faced firestorms after allegations of abuse emerged regarding their own residential treatment chains.
Levine also places CRC and Bain within the context of a troubled teen industry operating in a regulatory Wild West, with some states lacking any licensing system for residential programs. Regulation of drug treatment programs is shoddy, too. In California, for example, the Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs has yet to investigate the deaths of nearly 200 patients at CRC’s 12 outpatient methadone clinics.
"Dark side of a Bain Success" was published on Salon and is available online here: http://www.salon.com/2012/07/18/dark_side_of_a_bain_success/singleton/ It was reported by by Art Levine and published in partnership with The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute, with generous additional support from the Fund for Constitutional Journalism.
It seemed a world away from the executive suites of Bain Capital when Dana Blum, a recent widow living in Portland, Ore., made the fateful decision to send her son Brendan to Youth Care, a residential program for troubled teens located in the suburbs of Salt Lake City.
Brendan, a 14-year-old boy with Asperger’s syndrome, had been extremely aggressive for years; he was even arrested a few times after attacking members of his family. Local therapists hadn’t helped, and six months after her husband died, Dana was frantically casting about for solutions. A consultation with UCLA’s neuropsychiatric unit convinced her that Youth Care’s therapeutic and educational program would finally make a difference.
5. I am signing up for google alerts about Romney, Bain, etc. Any article that gets posted about Romney (even if it's totally unrelated) is a great opportunity to get peole to comment about this. So I will update this section with links of other articles where we can post comments regarding this article.
6. A list of forums that people can post to like Democratic Underground (I have a blog there, anyone can get one)
7. Below are a list of twitter accounts you can follow, and then the best thing would be to reply to a post of theirs with a link to the article. especially if they post something about Romney.
8. Below are a list of Facebook groups. Go to these groups and pages. Find the post for this article (there should be one near the top) and LIKE the post as well as comment. Do not flood the pages or groups with new posts about the article. We only need to post it once or twice and then continue to comment on it. So please just find the article and comment. Thanks.
Non Troubled Teen Groups & Pages
Troubled Teen Groups
http://www.facebook.com/groups/250463484991039/ (FU@K Straight - 21 members)
http://www.facebook.com/groups/SpringCreekLodgeAcademy/ (Spring Creek Lodge Academy - 467 members)
http://www.facebook.com/groups/CasaByTheSea/ (Casa by the Sea - 462 members)
http://www.facebook.com/groups/2204904789/ (I survived hidden lake academy in Georgia...barely - 353 members)
http://www.facebook.com/groups/315407625201916/ (Straight KIDS survivors Healing - 116 members)
http://www.facebook.com/groups/20443320286/ (Elan School Class Action - 131 members)
http://www.facebook.com/groups/159403860781364/ (My Jamaica Family - 171 members)
http://www.facebook.com/groups/143954768992510/ (New Bethany Home for Boys and Girls - 21 members)
http://www.facebook.com/groups/176087812440151/ (Monarch SChool Survivors - 144 members)
http://www.facebook.com/groups/211244986423/ (Elan survivors group - 84 members)
http://www.facebook.com/groups/425351724154160/ (WWASP literary society - 10 members)
http://www.facebook.com/groups/159832624079021/ (Hephzibah girls - 145 members)
http://www.facebook.com/groups/34431791565/ (I survived the horrors of aspen ranch - 97 members)
http://www.facebook.com/groups/88447115204/ (Stop Alberta Adolescent Recovery Centre Abuses - 118 members)
http://www.facebook.com/groups/youthrightsintheoryandpractice/ (Youth Rights theory and practice - 62 members)
http://www.facebook.com/groups/139606969429831/ (IFB Cult Survivors Unite -138 members)
http://www.facebook.com/groups/protestabuse/ (Fairhaven Baptist Church Protesters - 173 members)
http://www.facebook.com/groups/2222078866/ (Cross Creek - 339 members)
http://www.facebook.com/groups/121154957908461/ (Carlbrook Student's for accountability and oversight in troubled teen... - 209 members)
http://www.facebook.com/groups/159484225236/ (Heritage Survivors - 46 members)
http://www.facebook.com/groups/ElanSchool/ (I went to Elan SChool - 409 members)
http://www.facebook.com/groups/37696509132/ (Casa by the Sea - book - 507 members)
OLD ENTRIES (I am a member of almost all of them):
http://www.facebook.com/groups/wwaspsurvivors/ (WWASP Survivors - 134 members)
http://www.facebook.com/groups/405717569456686/ (Very Active Group, "Stand up Against Institutional Child Abuse" - 1000+ members)
http://www.facebook.com/groups/keepaneye/ (Keep an eye on PSI/UHS - 200+ members)
http://www.facebook.com/groups/35429320847/ (IFB Survivors - about 2500 members)
http://www.facebook.com/groups/Justice4Serj/ (Justice for Serj - 200+ members)
http://www.facebook.com/groups/5879127059/ (Students against the Judge Rotenberg Center - 828 members)
http://www.facebook.com/groups/restoringdignity/ (restoring Dignity - 1800+ members)
http://www.facebook.com/groups/grouphomenewtwork/ Group Home Network (260ish members)
http://www.facebook.com/groups/154327815066/ (Shut down DRA - 24 members)
http://www.facebook.com/groups/206263089458674/ (Troubled Teen Supergroup - 610 members)
http://www.facebook.com/groups/cafety/ (Another CAFETY Group - 500+ members)
http://www.facebook.com/groups/2206196427/ (CAFETY - 1500+ members)
http://www.facebook.com/groups/wwaspsurvivors/ (WWASP Survivors - 134 members)
http://www.facebook.com/groups/185627381482928/ (Reddit Troubled Teens - 487 members)
http://www.facebook.com/groups/192929510786529/ (Operation Liberation Group - 40 members)
http://www.facebook.com/groups/2387909839/ (SUWS survivors/grads/vets - 5 memberrs)
http://www.facebook.com/groups/304983609585145/ (SAVE VICTORIA! - 237 members)
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2317447731 (MOUNT BACHELOR GROUP - 3 members)
http://www.facebook.com/groups/5879127059/ (Mass. Students Against Judge Rotenberg Center - 821 members NOTE: Less awareness of larger cause in this group)
http://www.facebook.com/groups/2206196427/ (Stop WWASP - 1500 Members)
http://www.facebook.com/groups/314450680433/ (Straight Inc Survivors and Loved Ones)
http://www.facebook.com/groups/224489177562440/ (Straight inc Survivors Plymouth - 80 Members - Kelly Mattws is a member, survivors only group)
http://www.facebook.com/groups/119870451481918/ (National Youth Rights Association Debate - 96 Members)
http://www.facebook.com/groups/paradisecovesamoa/ (Paradise Cove Western Samoa - 152 Members NOTE: Somewhat hostile tendancies)
http://www.facebook.com/groups/129695341421/ (Cross Creek Programees - 444 Members)
http://www.facebook.com/groups/282809905063706/ (Survivors of Abusive Treatment - 34 members)
http://www.facebook.com/groups/249506381732909/ (LGBT Reeducation Survivors - 14 members)
http://www.facebook.com/groups/170173266329851/ (Truth about DRA - 94 members)
http://www.facebook.com/groups/173978869396417/ (Survivors Community Center Development - 59 members)
http://www.facebook.com/groups/survivingstraightincthemovie/ (Surviving Straight Inc Movie Discussion - 264 members)
http://www.facebook.com/groups/pinehaven/ (Pinehaven School Group - 194 members)
http://www.facebook.com/groups/217934628258267/ (You know you were in DRA When... - 94 members)
http://www.facebook.com/groups/298311176850441/ (Youth of the Nation - 18 members)
http://www.facebook.com/groups/67367255929/ (Stop AARC - 178 members)
http://www.facebook.com/groups/210453799021816/ (Grass Roots Program Resistance - 5 members)
http://www.facebook.com/groups/171520549553697/ (You know you're an IFB Cult Survivor When... - 76 members)
http://www.facebook.com/groups/ifbsurvivors/ (IFB Survivors - 45 members)
http://www.facebook.com/groups/249706998464283/ (Take Down DRA)
http://www.facebook.com/groups/329885537064977/ (Votes for Youth - 82 members)
http://www.facebook.com/groups/59229784340/ (Rancho Valmora Survivors - 187 members)
http://www.facebook.com/groups/werunsrs/ (Sorenson's Ranch - 83 Members)
http://www.facebook.com/FamilySchoolTRUTH (Family School Truth - 598)