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Montana authorities take youths in wilderness program into custody - Local News - thespectrum.com
The youths were "cold and dirty" when found, but otherwise appeared unhurt, said Shirley Tiernan, chief of the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services child and family services division.
"We've notified the parents, and we're waiting for them to come pick up their children," she
The teens, who Tiernan
said range in age from 13 to 17, apparently were camping on land near the small town of Ramsay, west of Butte.A neighboring land owner called authorities earlier this week after noticing the kids had been there for a number of days with only makeshift shelters from the cold and rain.
Social workers who visited Wednesday reported the kids had very limited food, some of which had spoiled, Tiernan
said.Most of the kids also did not have proper clothing for the weather, she
added.All were taken into custody early Thursday morning, she
said.Two counselors who were with the teens were not detained.
The youths all were enrolled in the High Peaks Wilderness Program, based in Roosevelt, Utah.
Authorities in that state on Thursday won a court order shutting the operation down for alleged violations of licensing and safety requirements.
The child that remained in Montana, a girl, needed treatment, said Shirley Tiernan, bureau chief for Child and Family Services of the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services.
was retained for medical reasons.She
will go back to Iowa too, but I don't know when.That's up to the medical folks," Tiernan
Montana takes custody of cold, hungry teens in wilderness therapy program
The state notified the parents of the teens, who were "cold and dirty" but otherwise unhurt, said Shirley Tiernan, chief of the state Department of Public Health and Human Services' child and family services division.
"We're waiting for them to come pick up their children," she
The youths were enrolled in the High Peaks Wilderness Program based in Roosevelt, Utah.That state closed the program there last week over alleged violations of licensing and safety requirements.
The teens and two High Peaks counselors were camping near the small town of Ramsay, west of Butte.A neighboring landowner called authorities after noticing the group had been there for a number of days with only makeshift shelters from the cold and rain.
Social workers sent there Wednesday found very limited food, some of which had spoiled, Tiernan
said.Most of the teens did not have proper clothing for the weather, she
Utah officials had obtained an order from a judge Aug. 2, and teens enrolled there were sent home or to other programs.The teens who were taken into custody this week had been in Utah, but it was not clear when they were moved to Montana, she
Repeated telephone calls to High Peaks Wilderness went unanswered Friday.
The organization's Web site advertises High Peaks as a therapeutic program that uses the wilderness setting as a "clinically focused intervention" to teach youths respect and responsibility.
Such programs are subject to strict licensing requirements in Utah, but not in Montana.Tiernan
said High Peaks was apparently in the process of opening a Butte office and had three employees there.
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