TIMBERLINE KNOLLS TREATMENT CENTER REVIEW
This complaint was posted on NAS on 4th Feb, 2022 and is a permanent record located here: https://www.nameandshame.com/timberline-knolls-treatment-center-5YONV/if-you-want-ptsd-go-here-id5ye42 .
If you want PTSD, go here!
Where do I start? I was in TK for a total of 7 months, I went twice, once in 2018 and once in 2019. I’ll try to avoid details, but on the adolescent lodges there was significant sexual abuse. In my seven months I can think of 4 abusers off the top of my head, and I could come up with many more, but I try to avoid thinking about this place because of the trauma I endured. Each of these abusers had between 2-7 victims, and little was ever done. These were resident to resident. Again, I cannot speak for the adult lodges, but I do know the adolescent one. The only thing they ever did was send the abuser to the other lodge, where they usually continued the sexually abusive behavior on a new unsuspecting crowd, as we were unable to talk to the other lodge. We were also repeatedly forced to restrain our peers, sometimes getting injured in the process. They typically used chemical restraints, and sent people to hospitals actively under criminal investigation with a mile long list of abuse (Chicago Lakeshore Behavioral Health Hospital, as an example. It’s shut down, now, but was under investigation while TK purposefully sent people there. It wasn’t that TK sent them to the hospital and that’s where the hospital chose, TK would arrange for clients to be sent directly to that facility. There was physical violence between residents rarely broken up. There were many situations they handled inappropriately, the example that comes to mind is when they locked us in a room with no staff. They had a staff positioned on the outside of the room so we were unable to leave. There were people actively self harming, in flashbacks, crying, and hitting their head on the wall, but they refused to let us leave or send anyone in to help. They diagnosed almost anyone who mentioned body image issues or going on a diet with an eating disorder. I don’t blame most of the direct care staff, I blame the management. The employees, who were supposed to work 8-hour shifts 5 days a week often ended up working 15-16 hour shifts 5 days a week because of the understaffing. I was forced to stand butt naked with no hospital gown. I had a friend end up in the ICU because they ignored an infection she had. The staff weren’t trained how to properly restrain, and many staff and clients were hurt in the process. They also were never taught when the appropriate times were to restrain or ‘booty juice’ (inject a sedative, usually into the butt), and they threatened me with restraints for… holding a gord. I wasn’t a danger to anyone, I was holding a pumpkin. They threatened to booty juice me for pacing because it ‘stressed’ them out. They also restrained me for no reason many times, and now I go into fight or flight whenever grabbed or even touched. This place has fundamentally changed who I am as a person. I get intense anxiety and fear with small reminders of this place, but I need to speak out. I have no idea if the adult lodges are different, but I suspect not.