Elk Mountain Academy

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Current status Open
Detainees.gif Capacity 25
Checked December 27, 2010
Open.gif Opened 1994

Elk Mountain Academy is a behavior modification facility located near Clark Fork, Idaho [1].

The program was founded in 1994 and they are able to detain 25 boys aged 13 to 18 for about 12 months [2].

The founder of the program is a former addict [3].

Program structure

They use a level system and also make use of the critizised 12-step system.

The their book they state the conditions for release are:

  • 1) Acceptance of the banishment.
  • 2) Work the program
  • 3) Surrender to the 12-step program
  • 4) Attend 3 meetings at AA or NA.
  • 5) Read the Big Book of AA
  • 6) Achieve Trustee Status
  • 7) Have several family visits
  • 8) Have completed at least two home visits.

When the teenager about to be released, he has to sign a home contract which outlines the conditions he is going to live by in order to be allowed into his own childhome.


Lately Mike Linderman - for employee of Spring Creek Lodge and one of the persons behind the Whispering Pines Academy project - does also work for them [4]

In the news

In 2007 Ladenburger - former priest - were arrest on a charge of molestation of two boys at the facility [5][6]

March 2008 he was given an up to five years prison sentence [7]

External Links

Info pages

Message boards


  1. The facility on Google maps
  2. Program data on NATSAP
  3. Carls book - from the homepage of the program
  4. Is it just adolescent angst, or something more?, by Sharon Jayson, USA Today October 1, 2007
  5. Therapist charged in sexual abuse case, 70-year-old accused of molesting 2 students, By Taryn Brodwater, Spokeman Review, June 1, 2007
  6. Therapist faced scrutiny as priest, Jailed counselor left Franciscans, By Taryn Brodwater, Spokesman Review, June 5, 2007
  7. Counselor Sentenced for Sexual Misconduct, KXLY, March 25, 2008 (Re-print from Bishop-Accountability)