Gulf Coast Youth Services and "other" Fl. DJJ facilities

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#17 Feb 5, 2009
I wish someone had the guts to do an honest investigation of Gulf Coast Youth Services..pull the medical records of the kid who was sent to Fort Walton Beach medical Center after he was hit with a toilet...NO STAFF ON THE DORM!!! Why wasn't DCF called?
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#18 Feb 5, 2009
Kaplan has had a direct line into the DJJ Residential Services Division and QA for years. Goodtime Charly and Criswell were his back-slapping, winking and chuckling pals, and not much has changed. Most likely, the slimy Ragtop also has insider connections with IG as well. There is little point in an IG investigation of Gulfcoast...the outcome the of such and investigation would be known by all serious observers prior to the initiation of the investigation. If Ragtop is already setting up meetings with IG personnel...such meetings are probably to script the details of the final report. Only independent ,outside inquiries will ever fully disclose the corruption and fraud within DJJ and Gulfcoast. I hope the brave and consciencious therapist Leslie Smith and others may yet be able to overcome the dirty behind-the-scenes methods that have enabled crooks like Kaplan to prosper for so long on the backs of the tax-payers of our state.
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#19 Feb 5, 2009
so what will it take? A dead kid? We have had them...will the Medicaid fraud sound the death knell of corruption and venality at DJJ. Does Crist know? Holly Benson?
We know the powers that be read these blogs...in a meeting with therapists on Monday at Gulf Coast Youth Services Kim Hughes whined and moaned about people writing about her forging documents...we just sat there and poked each other under the table because WE know the truth..
The IG meeting on Thursday will be a joke...Bodner will be there and they will laugh and joke...act serious and make fun of all of us who care..the little bulldog Mikel Currie will nod his head and pray they see him as a"good boy" and Eric Esmond will keep quiet and pray there isnt a process server for unpaid child support in the lobby and he will moan about all his girlfriends showing up at the Christmas Party and setting at his table with him and his live in lady.
Nothing will happen and life will go on
WHAT WILL IT TAKE??????????
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#20 Feb 5, 2009
I am amazed that there are people brave enough to talk openly about abuses at Gulf Coast Youth Services. Diedre Johnson must be very busy trying to plug the leaks.
One concrete example of Medicaid Abuse at Gulf Coast Youth Services is the therapist Leslie Jones who is the Treatment Coordinator.She is hardly ever at work and when the therapists are doing their jobs she is usually in her office reading a book.She leaves after she makes an appearance and Kim Hughes always covers for her. Ms. Jones is supposed to fill in for therapists and do their groups when they are absent. She hates doing group so she usually has the Youth Care Workers do her groups.In November of 2008 she had Youth Care Workers do her groups for which Kim Hughes then billed Medicaid. This is totally against Medicaid policy.This is a call to Medicaid to pull those charts if they can find them and Kim Hughes and Holland Elis haven't "fixed" them.
Leslie Jones also had a parent complain about her as she was continually telephoning a youth after he was discharged. There is no good reason for contacting a youth after he is discharged.Evidently nothing was done because the youth was of age.
This is the saddest issue of all. There are excellent therapists at GCYS who really are trying to do a good job.They get paid next to nothing while Kaplan rolls in dough.
All of you parents who have a child at GCYS keeping calling your child's therapist. We are supposed to have monthly contact with parents documented.
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#21 Feb 5, 2009
Last Month at Gulf Coast Youth services two youths got into an altercation ...later that night when THERE WERE NO STAFF ON THE UNIT one youth picked up a toilet commode and struck the other youth with it while the other youth was sleeping,,,THERE WERE NO STAFF ON THE UNIT!!! The injured youth was taken to Fort Walton Beach Medical Center across the street from GCYS. He needed 15 stitches. The OTHER YOUTH WAS SENT TO CO WHERE HE REMAINS TO THIS DAY!!. HE IS LET OUT ONLY TO GO TO THE TOILET!!
Monday in the weekly meeting Leslie Jones the treatment coordinator asked "Didn't that injured youth file an affadavit?
This afternoon Eric Esmond the Program Director of GCYS was sitting in the hall outside of the dining room and he wasn't dodging a process server for unpaid child support or a paternity suit..DCF SHOWED UP ,,this is a month later..
So..I'd like these questions asked by the Inspector General...or better yet someone who isn't bribed by Kaplan.
1. WHERE WAS THE STAFF?
2. WHAT DO THE CAMERAS SHOW?
3. WHY WASN'T THE PERPETRATOR ARRESTED?
4. WHY WASN'T DCF CALLED?
5. WAS CCC CALLED?
6. WHY IS THE PERPETRATOR STILL IN CO AND WHY WASN'T HE TRANSFERRED ESPECIALLY AFTER HE HAS ATTACKED STAFF TOO?
7. WHAT WAS FORT WALTON BEACH MEDICAL CENTER TOLD?
8. WERE THE FORT WALTON BEACH POLICE CALLED?
9. WAS THE PROGRAM MONITOR CALLED?
10. WHATS IN THE LOG ?
but the most important question is WHY IS GULF COAST YOUTH SERVICES STILL OPEN?
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#22 Feb 6, 2009
Well, the fix is in..Leslie Jones and Holland Ellis holed up with lots of charts until very late at night on wednesday at Gulf Coast Youth Services and, guess what?
On thursday the shredding service showed up...everything is fixed! All is well!
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#25 Feb 7, 2009
well...here we go again..Holland Ellis suspended a therapist who everyone likes and who has been at Gulf Coast Youth Acedemy for a long time. He did this on a trumped up charge from Leslie Jones..Kim Hughes did this therapist's groups {got to get those billings} and rather than do therapy quizzed the kids on what the other therapist does in group...you know she still billed Medicaid for the group and subsequently the tax payers..just another example of the fraud at Gulf Coast Youth Academy....I guess Jeff Kaplan hasn't learned anything from the Leslie Smith lawsuit
Lier Lier

Pensacola, FL

#26 Feb 25, 2009
If you read this be aware, these are lies. I think this is the therapist that was discharged for having sex with a child and cant get over being fired. She provided drugs and a car key for the child to escape and later had sex with the kid. I think! May be. Possibly!
any

Knoxville, TN

#27 Feb 26, 2009
Youth Services Intenational is no better. Direct Care staff perform BHOS grops on weekends which is billed to medicaid. Their Facility Administrator Mr. Evans threatens youth and staff when they confront the misconduct or "question" his authority.
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#28 Mar 4, 2009
Blackwater Stop Camp is a cess pool and should be closed. My son told me that Mr. Bray ,his counselor yelled and cussed at him and called him a baby. he never returned my telephone calls.Why is that place still open?
anonymous

Crestview, FL

#33 Apr 22, 2009
Maybe if you knew the whole story you would know it isn't abuse. Try working day to day with juveniles that have more rights than the workers.
anonymous

Crestview, FL

#34 Apr 23, 2009
You parents of kids in these DJJ facilities might want to remember all of these staff that you are talking bad about take care of your delinquent kids. These workers are doing things that you as a parent either weren't capable or didn't want to do with your own children. Eric Esmond put his entire life on hold for these youth and he did a fine job at it. Before anybody condemns what they think was done they might want to face facts first.
Woman

Niceville, FL

#35 Apr 24, 2009
Basically what this seems to be boiling down to is a personal attack on these men. I believe you didn't like them as men so how can you get them out of there? By making up lies and I think the cowardice people that are just doing this because they are tired of their superiors getting them them about their sloppy work and are trying deter everyone away from that. I haven't read all these postings but I am quite sure Therapist and some of the other anonymous bloggers aren't saying those kids had been fighting or rough housing prior to Mr. Esmond and Mr. Martin coming in. Did they ever think those injuries had been sustained during that altercation? We obviously should take the words of these honest trustworthy kids...I do not believe for one minute those two men did anything to those boys. And for all of you revelling in their dismissal, just remember what goes around comes around. Besides maybe if you weren't so concerned with what Jeff, Howland, Kim and Diedre are doing maybe your work wouldn't be suffering.
anonymous

Crestview, FL

#36 Apr 28, 2009
Woman wrote:
Basically what this seems to be boiling down to is a personal attack on these men. I believe you didn't like them as men so how can you get them out of there? By making up lies and I think the cowardice people that are just doing this because they are tired of their superiors getting them them about their sloppy work and are trying deter everyone away from that. I haven't read all these postings but I am quite sure Therapist and some of the other anonymous bloggers aren't saying those kids had been fighting or rough housing prior to Mr. Esmond and Mr. Martin coming in. Did they ever think those injuries had been sustained during that altercation? We obviously should take the words of these honest trustworthy kids...I do not believe for one minute those two men did anything to those boys. And for all of you revelling in their dismissal, just remember what goes around comes around. Besides maybe if you weren't so concerned with what Jeff, Howland, Kim and Diedre are doing maybe your work wouldn't be suffering.
Thank you, sombody who finally has a brain!!!!!!! Everybody would like to sit and say bad things about Mr Esmond & Mr Martin, but nobody knows the facts. Just in case anybody cares they were not fired for abuse. There was no abuse found. They were fired for not using a camera!!!!! Think about it. Strictly improper procedure, that's all. The alcohol on their breath, they were working at the facility in Defuniak so I'm not sure where the alcohol came into play. Strictly another lie!!!! Messy people will always stay messy.
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#37 Apr 29, 2009
So why were they fired and why do members of the night shift at GCYS keep failing urine screens?
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#38 Apr 29, 2009
The caneras are not used all the time at GCYS why were these two fired this time...I think it is because ,by the grace of God, the boys were taken to a Advocacy Center and the situation became public.
anonymous

Argyle, FL

#39 Sep 29, 2009
What you all dont know is that Martin is back at work at GCYA doing the same crap he got fired for in the the first place. So it dont matter people dont care for the kids just the money that lined the pockets
Survivor

Berkeley Springs, WV

#40 Apr 7, 2010
F B I needs to investigate the DDJ Officials !
anthony brodnax -kelley

Decatur, GA

#41 Oct 29, 2010
i was ther 1 year i cant say thats tru its a good program to be but sum staff is not riht all the time so ab out love sum staff sum good 1s gone need to be ther i love GyCA
anthony brodnax -kelley

Decatur, GA

#42 Oct 29, 2010
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