"We took them away from their parents on the assumption that we as a society would do a better job of raising them," Mark Courtney, a social work researcher at the University of Washington.
Blue Mountain Wilderness Program Lawsuits
Blue Mountain Wilderness Program, Inc (BMWP). is a non-profit public benefit
corporation, formed and organized pursuant to the NonProfit Public Benefit
Corporation Law (47604, subv. (a). BMWP's specific purpose was to provide,
Education, Care and Supervision to State foster youth as Children diagnosed
as dependent Title 22 (84111)(2); "Child means a person under 18 years of
age who is emotionally disturbed as defined in Section 5600.3 of the Welfare and
Institutions Code." BMWP functioned as a state licensed group home under county,
state and federal laws and funding from September 10, 2001 to July 28, 2005.
BMWP was a state licensed residential youth treatment facility; youth were placed
through county probation, social services, adoption assistance, mental health
departments and privately, but closed in July 2005 due to inability to operate a
progressive youth program in Calaveras County. Blue Mt. is exploring reopening as
a Foster Family Agency (FFA) or a Tranisitional Housing Program (THP)or THP-Plus.
BMWP emphasis is on education, vocational education, therapy both individual and
group weekly, creating community, outdoor activties, cultural activities, sports
and recreation. BMWP has a large organic farm and will be launching a culinary
arts program through a restaurant in Dorrington for its students body and youth
in the community.
The defendants interfered, subverted or concealed law enforcement investigation (s)
that to date are uninvestigated. The defendants colluded with Calaveras officials that
resulted in intentionally and excessively failing to uphold a County Host Letter in
order for Blue Mountain Wilderness Program, Inc. (BMWP) to obtain and retain AFDC-FC
funding as required under state law.
Posted August 14, 2006