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Report on Residential Treatment Programs for Troubled Youth
Thinking About Corrections


The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released a report that examines allegations of abuse and deaths occurring in certain residential treatment programs that range from substance abuse treatment programs, wilderness therapy programs, and boot camps, to name a few. The stated intent of such programs is to address dysfunctional addictive, behavioral, and emotional problems in troubled boys and girls. While this report did not attempt to assess the efficacy of such programs, or "verify the facts regarding the thousands of allegations it reviewed", it did note the lack of effective management, untrained staff, substandard nutrition, negligence, and other factors played a significant role in the deaths examined. 

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