Summit Quest Academy

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Information
Current status Closed
Detainees.gif Capacity 110
Checked April 8, 2012
Open.gif Opened 2000
Close.gif Closed 2009

Summit Quest Academy was a behavior modification facility located on 1170 South State Street, Ephrata, Pennsylvania 17522 [1]

They were able to detain 110 teenagers and pre-teenagers in 4 units.

Living standards

The units were:

Mental health treatment units

The goal of the program is to equip residents with techniques to manage and express their behaviors in socially adaptive ways.

  • A pre-adolescent mental health treatment unit is for males ages 12-14. The 24 hour staff to resident ratio is 1:4.
  • An adolescent mental health treatment unit is for males ages 14-18. The staff to resident ratio is 1:6 during the day and 1:8 overnight.

These two unit have a total capacity of 54 beds.

Sexually-reactive treatment units

The goal of the program is to provide the resident with strategies that can be utilized to help prevent and/or reduce these behaviors and manage his psychiatric symptoms.

  • A pre-adolescent sexually-reactive treatment unit has 20 beds for males ages 12-15. The 24 hour staff to resident ratio is 1:4.
  • An adolescent sexually-reactive treatment unit has 36 beds for males ages 15-18. (In rare cases to age 21.) The 24 hour staff to resident ratio is primarily 1:5.

These two units have a total capacity of 56 beds.

In the news

A person died while attending the program / facility
James White

James White from Philadelphia died at the facility december 12, 2005 [2]

A person died while attending the program / facility
Giovanni Joey Aletriz

Giovanni Joey Aletriz - 16 years of age died at the facility februar 4, 2006 while being restrained. It was the second death within months. None was charge [3] [4]

After the deaths the staff was less willing to restrain patients, which lead to a number of runaways causing stress at the local police department.

In 2007 a female worker had sex with one of the boys which led to an investigation [5]

The facility did close in 2009 [6]

Today the buildings are used to house a residential rehab facility with the name Retreat at Lancaster County‎

External Links

Info pages

Message boards

References

  1. The facility on Google maps
  2. Initial autopsy: Restrained teen was suffocated, By Cindy Stauffer, Lancaster New Era, February 9, 2006
  3. Boy Dies At Lancaster Behavioral Treatment Center, Facility Says Death Caused By Heart Failure, NBC10.com, February 9 2006
  4. No charges will be filed in teen's death, By Dan Shope and Joanna Poncavage, The Morning Call, April 2 - 2006 (Reprint from project Nospank)
  5. Police: Aide had sexual contact with patient, By BRETT HAMBRIGHT, Intelligencer Journal, October 3, 2008
  6. Troubled facility for troubled youth to close, Summit Quest to shut in Ephrata, by Larry Alexander, Lancaster Onlne, Feb 20, 2009