Pa. Supreme Court: Minors May Be Involuntarily Committed for Drug, Alcohol Addiction

Pa. Supreme Court: Minors May Be Involuntarily Committed for Drug, Alcohol Addiction By: Leo Strupczewski The Legal Intelligencer August 31, 2010 The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of an act that allows for parents and guardians to have minors involuntarily committed for drug and alcohol treatment. Writing that prior case law established the presumption that parents act in the best interest of their...

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Lowgap wilderness camp to close

Unexpected state budget cuts are leading to the demise of a wilderness camp at Lowgap serving troubled youths, which will soon close and put 45 people out of work. “We anticipate this closure will be completed by Oct. 2,” said Karen Bonsignori, an official of Eckerd Youth Alternatives, which has operated Camp E-Mun-Talee in Surry County since 1979. It presently is serving 56 boys, who also will be displaced by the move....

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Teen who collapsed at residential treatment facility dies

The state’s foster care agency revealed Wednesday that a 17-year-old girl who collapsed about a month ago at a residential treatment facility has died. The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services is investigating the death of Shanice Nibbs, who collapsed July 16 while on a nature walk at the Five Oaks Achievement Center in New Ulm, about 72 miles west of Houston. On Wednesday, agency spokesman Patrick Crimmins issued...

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Teenager found dead at Rock Hill psychiatric center

by Cleve R. Wootson Jr. cwootson@charlotteobserver.com Posted: Saturday, Jun. 12, 2010 A 17-year-old who complained of chest congestion was found dead at a residential psychiatric treatment facility in Rock Hill on Saturday morning. Rock Hill police identified the teen as Levi Snyder, of Lenoir. He was a resident at the New Hope Carolinas treatment center, which treats emotionally disturbed adolescents, near Piedmont Medical Center,...

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Support grows for inspecting private addiction centres

Opposition MLA demands government action on Taylor Argent inquiry report An Edmonton MLA is supporting a recommendation that the government regulate and inspect private addiction treatment centres following the death of Taylor Argent. NDP MLA Rachel Notley said the government should follow up quickly on the recommendations made last week by a judge overseeing the public inquiry into the death of the 17 year old at a privately-run...

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Straight Inc.: Chris’ Story

I was put into Straight Incorporated 20 days before I turned 16. One of my big crimes before Straight goes like this. My best friend from church and I were arrested for dropping fluorescent light tubes from the top of the Palmetto. FL water tower in the middle of the night. (small town anyone?) I had also smoked pot for the first time the summer before my 15th birthday and by now could probably manage to get a ¼ ounce with my best...

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