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8 juveniles arrested in alleged riot at Reno treatment center

There are 18 comments on the KRNV-TV Reno story from Nov 2, 2010, titled 8 juveniles arrested in alleged riot at Reno treatment center. In it, KRNV-TV Reno reports that:

Nearly a dozen juveniles are facing multiple charges after allegedly inciting a riot at Willow Springs adolescent treatment center Monday night.

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Jeff with a J

Reno, NV

#1 Nov 2, 2010
OK, a group of kids that are in a treatment facility incite a riot. I guess maybe the treatment for anger control was not working.

Glad to see that they were taken to Jan Evan's it is a good place for them.
Concerned and frustrated

Euless, TX

#2 Nov 6, 2010
I have firsthand experience with this facility. They are very much about taking the money, laying back and pumping the kids with drugs. The staff is lazy....the kids have gone days without being able to go outside because the staff does not want to watch over the kids. Obviously, kids go there because they have defiance issues and the staff obviously is not trained well or these riots would not be happening. I think it's sad that we trust to send our kids to professionals and then we have to be up at night worried if they are going to arrest our kids to top to the issues that we have already encountered before sending them there! WestHills is exactly the same....drugs/complacency. There is nowhere in Reno/Sparks for help. I will say that Jan Evans cares more about the well being of our childrens mental health. It's just soo terrible they have to get into the system to get help!!!! Somebody's gotta speak out.
Michael Opperman

United States

#3 Jan 27, 2011
Okay first of all, You guys don't know what your talking about! I was a patient at willow springs and it was more helpful to kids being there then being home with you 2. You have no clue what its like to be in a juvenile detention center then a mental hospital! Kids are in juvenile hall because they broke the law, fought someone, drug deals, gang members all that crap. Willow springs is for adolescents that have mental problems! Meaning that they don't have the mental capacity to know what's right from wrong. If you don't believe it ask the PhD doctors inside willow that has diagnosed us with this problem. We take the medications to help our thinking process get back on track. Were not on meds for nothing. Juvenile hall is not for a place like us, and us being suicidal, depressed, and going to drugs and alcohol for problems at home or problems that people like You cause us to the point we can't handle it anymore! And the staff members at willow are highly qualified to treat and take care of us, yes maybe there is one or two staff that doesn't care what happens but no less then 90% of staff, nurses, doctors, and any teacher in there do care, and they do anything possible to help us. If there so lazy, then tell me why is it that the supposedly lazy staff member works until midnight, or works till 6 in the morning or works on Thanksgiving, when there supposed to be with there wives, husbands, kids, parents, family, and instead the work with us kids! Your right, there is no place, but willow springs, is one place that gets us kids, that actually works with kids that have mental disabilities, with mental connection problems! We are no differant from you, you are no better then us! We are all the damn same! So don't act Luke west hills and willow springs don't work, because I've been to both and they worked perfectly! Don't believe It, then let me ask you this, why after being in willow and west hills, I no longer have suicidal thoughts, no longer have self harm thoughts, have my life back in my hands, writing a book about my life experiences, write poetry? Willow springs and west hills is the best thing to happen to me and any other patient in those 2 facilities. And I was one of the juveniles in that riot, and reasoning to the riot, was because 2 of the staff members were hitting one of the patients. So it wasn't any intention on wanting it to happen, or cuz were bad kids the deserve to be in juvenile detention, where adolescents broke the law way to many times. I hope you get the point, now that you people get the truth about WEST HILLS and WILLOW SPRINGS behavior center!
Queerz449ers

Incline Village, NV

#5 Feb 17, 2013
The kids were wearing Red 49er hats.
Tay

Trabuco Canyon, CA

#6 Aug 21, 2013
I spent two months at willow springs. I was having severe problems with psychosis and no one would do anything about it. I was miserable and for the record there were no willows or springs.
Lori Tennison

United States

#7 Dec 30, 2013
MIchael, two years later & looking back, do you still feel the same? I'd appreciate your insight. If you'd be willing to share an email? Lori Tennison
Michael Opperman wrote:
Okay first of all, You guys don't know what your talking about! I was a patient at willow springs and it was more helpful to kids being there then being home with you 2. You have no clue what its like to be in a juvenile detention center then a mental hospital! Kids are in juvenile hall because they broke the law, fought someone, drug deals, gang members all that crap. Willow springs is for adolescents that have mental problems! Meaning that they don't have the mental capacity to know what's right from wrong. If you don't believe it ask the PhD doctors inside willow that has diagnosed us with this problem. We take the medications to help our thinking process get back on track. Were not on meds for nothing. Juvenile hall is not for a place like us, and us being suicidal, depressed, and going to drugs and alcohol for problems at home or problems that people like You cause us to the point we can't handle it anymore! And the staff members at willow are highly qualified to treat and take care of us, yes maybe there is one or two staff that doesn't care what happens but no less then 90% of staff, nurses, doctors, and any teacher in there do care, and they do anything possible to help us. If there so lazy, then tell me why is it that the supposedly lazy staff member works until midnight, or works till 6 in the morning or works on Thanksgiving, when there supposed to be with there wives, husbands, kids, parents, family, and instead the work with us kids! Your right, there is no place, but willow springs, is one place that gets us kids, that actually works with kids that have mental disabilities, with mental connection problems! We are no differant from you, you are no better then us! We are all the damn same! So don't act Luke west hills and willow springs don't work, because I've been to both and they worked perfectly! Don't believe It, then let me ask you this, why after being in willow and west hills, I no longer have suicidal thoughts, no longer have self harm thoughts, have my life back in my hands, writing a book about my life experiences, write poetry? Willow springs and west hills is the best thing to happen to me and any other patient in those 2 facilities. And I was one of the juveniles in that riot, and reasoning to the riot, was because 2 of the staff members were hitting one of the patients. So it wasn't any intention on wanting it to happen, or cuz were bad kids the deserve to be in juvenile detention, where adolescents broke the law way to many times. I hope you get the point, now that you people get the truth about WEST HILLS and WILLOW SPRINGS behavior center!
MBraley

Billings, MT

#8 Nov 16, 2014
Parents don't send your kids here. It was a giant trap for TriCare, TriWest, and other military insured kids like me.
Hahaha! I remember this shit, it was all because he had a fucking red hat on (bloods/crypt)! All we heard was Dr. Strong Arm over the radios, everyone got ushered into a safety area. They took everything red and blue from me and all the other kids. They made me take off my fucking underwear and shoes because they were blue. took all my personal possessions, away I HAD NO CLOTHING LEFT! It was hell there, I was verbally abused by my "therapist", drugged to the point I almost did not feel anything by the psychologist, and overall just belittled . The only kindness I got was from 2-3 of their "guards". I remember Tony before he left, I believe Andrew Vega was another name, Lori/Tori I cannot remember, and a teacher they employed. I hated every second, I had nightmares for over a year after I left. I was there after being molested and dealing with severe depression, how did they treat it? By indicating that I was like the rest of the kids and we were all going to prison. Oh yeah and they ruined any chance of a military career, someone thought it was funny to report that I was attempting suicide in a shower... I eventually was pulled AMA from the facility for the shit they pulled there. Several outpatient facilities later to repair the damage this place caused. Don't believe the "It was helpful" shit, those are reviews from staff. Oh and my last night? I was shoved against a door by another male patient who played grab ass and said he would murder me, an "X" Marine guard being 5 feet away.
AGAIN!!! Parents don't send your kids here. It was a giant trap for TriCare, TriWest, and other military insured kids like me.
Thanks to actual help from SoCal I have gone on to do something (Not the Military, this place made sure of that). I am now a Firefighter, I spend time on my summers fighting wildfires and winters fighting structural fire. There is hope after this hellhole.
Noname

Manteca, CA

#9 Feb 9, 2015
Medicaid doesn't brinf in money, most of the time they loose money on Medicaid.
tommy wrote:
you little fat mouth kid I was in willow springs for over a year because my mother at the time was on medicade they kept me in there just to get that money!!! I have no mental problems and have been perfectly normal my whole life!!! I got into trouble as a kid so I got sent there for help with a problem I diddnt have and got stuck there so they could get paid for me!! you were suicidal and that sucks but that's no illness!! your probably just one of those kids that doesn't get enough attention because suicidal people kill themselves without sayin anything you just wanted attention!!! so shut it because you know nothing about what your sayin!! anyways willow springs is corrupt and could care less about any of the kids as long as the money is commin in!!
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Happy Mom

Colorado Springs, CO

#10 Feb 22, 2015
This is an excellent facility and has a track record of turning lives around. My daughter made tremendous progress there, and we are deeply grateful for the wonderful dedicated staff that worked with her. She went in after a number of suicide attempts and hospitalizations and came out a capable young woman who has gone on to college and has not made any further suicide attempts.
WildlandFireman

Great Falls, MT

#11 Feb 24, 2015
Happy Mom wrote:
This is an excellent facility and has a track record of turning lives around. My daughter made tremendous progress there, and we are deeply grateful for the wonderful dedicated staff that worked with her. She went in after a number of suicide attempts and hospitalizations and came out a capable young woman who has gone on to college and has not made any further suicide attempts.
Track record? No it has a track record of PTSD... Like that time that there was a riot and they took all my red and blue clothes (My jeans, my socks, my underwear, my shorts, my sleepwear). Because all of us were treated as criminals... Why yes now that you ask, I remember I was there for depression, not being in a gang...
Local

Reno, NV

#12 Mar 6, 2015
Nothing new at all.
angryteen

Coronado, CA

#13 Sep 6, 2015
Happy Mom wrote:
This is an excellent facility and has a track record of turning lives around. My daughter made tremendous progress there, and we are deeply grateful for the wonderful dedicated staff that worked with her. She went in after a number of suicide attempts and hospitalizations and came out a capable young woman who has gone on to college and has not made any further suicide attempts.
then your daughter is scared and having nightmares of being shoved in that shite hole again just like the rest of us
they teach you that if you arent quiet you end up there again amd thats it
NickC

Reno, NV

#14 Dec 16, 2015
angryteen wrote:
<quoted text>
then your daughter is scared and having nightmares of being shoved in that shite hole again just like the rest of us
they teach you that if you arent quiet you end up there again amd thats it
I was there and i still have nightmares of being sent back to that hell hole
No name

Fredericksburg, VA

#15 Jan 12, 2016
I left in September of 2014, Toni made his announcement to leave a week or two before I left.(and I think it was tori, the really tan tech who wore the fake lashes and hung out with Sarah all the time, I do t know if they did Zumba while you were there but she helped make the routines). I stayed for five months, then got discharged and my parents sent me to another facility across the country for another ten months.
MBraley wrote:
Parents don't send your kids here. It was a giant trap for TriCare, TriWest, and other military insured kids like me.
Hahaha! I remember this shit, it was all because he had a fucking red hat on (bloods/crypt)! All we heard was Dr. Strong Arm over the radios, everyone got ushered into a safety area. They took everything red and blue from me and all the other kids. They made me take off my fucking underwear and shoes because they were blue. took all my personal possessions, away I HAD NO CLOTHING LEFT! It was hell there, I was verbally abused by my "therapist", drugged to the point I almost did not feel anything by the psychologist, and overall just belittled . The only kindness I got was from 2-3 of their "guards". I remember Tony before he left, I believe Andrew Vega was another name, Lori/Tori I cannot remember, and a teacher they employed. I hated every second, I had nightmares for over a year after I left. I was there after being molested and dealing with severe depression, how did they treat it? By indicating that I was like the rest of the kids and we were all going to prison. Oh yeah and they ruined any chance of a military career, someone thought it was funny to report that I was attempting suicide in a shower... I eventually was pulled AMA from the facility for the shit they pulled there. Several outpatient facilities later to repair the damage this place caused. Don't believe the "It was helpful" shit, those are reviews from staff. Oh and my last night? I was shoved against a door by another male patient who played grab ass and said he would murder me, an "X" Marine guard being 5 feet away.
AGAIN!!! Parents don't send your kids here. It was a giant trap for TriCare, TriWest, and other military insured kids like me.
Thanks to actual help from SoCal I have gone on to do something (Not the Military, this place made sure of that). I am now a Firefighter, I spend time on my summers fighting wildfires and winters fighting structural fire. There is hope after this hellhole.
Debra concerned parent

Seattle, WA

#16 Mar 5, 2016
Michael Opperman wrote:
Okay first of all, You guys don't know what your talking about! I was a patient at willow springs and it was more helpful to kids being there then being home with you 2. You have no clue what its like to be in a juvenile detention center then a mental hospital! Kids are in juvenile hall because they broke the law, fought someone, drug deals, gang members all that crap. Willow springs is for adolescents that have mental problems! Meaning that they don't have the mental capacity to know what's right from wrong. If you don't believe it ask the PhD doctors inside willow that has diagnosed us with this problem. We take the medications to help our thinking process get back on track. Were not on meds for nothing. Juvenile hall is not for a place like us, and us being suicidal, depressed, and going to drugs and alcohol for problems at home or problems that people like You cause us to the point we can't handle it anymore! And the staff members at willow are highly qualified to treat and take care of us, yes maybe there is one or two staff that doesn't care what happens but no less then 90% of staff, nurses, doctors, and any teacher in there do care, and they do anything possible to help us. If there so lazy, then tell me why is it that the supposedly lazy staff member works until midnight, or works till 6 in the morning or works on Thanksgiving, when there supposed to be with there wives, husbands, kids, parents, family, and instead the work with us kids! Your right, there is no place, but willow springs, is one place that gets us kids, that actually works with kids that have mental disabilities, with mental connection problems! We are no differant from you, you are no better then us! We are all the damn same! So don't act Luke west hills and willow springs don't work, because I've been to both and they worked perfectly! Don't believe It, then let me ask you this, why after being in willow and west hills, I no longer have suicidal thoughts, no longer have self harm thoughts, have my life back in my hands, writing a book about my life experiences, write poetry? Willow springs and west hills is the best thing to happen to me and any other patient in those 2 facilities. And I was one of the juveniles in that riot, and reasoning to the riot, was because 2 of the staff members were hitting one of the patients. So it wasn't any intention on wanting it to happen, or cuz were bad kids the deserve to be in juvenile detention, where adolescents broke the law way to many times. I hope you get the point, now that you people get the truth about WEST HILLS and WILLOW SPRINGS behavior center!
What r you still there if you are better?
drano tard cops

Houston, TX

#17 Mar 5, 2016
wow....the useless drano cops arrest? wtf ? on a secured building??with so called professionals !!! can't go after the sex predtor by Wooster hs on Harvard way who was reported for over a year. must have been a slow day and overkilled there quota for dui bs or simple traffic stops. l have yet to see a cop out here do his her it's job.....fucking low class punks who don't even understand laws.like the rt t trav for one . Miranda rts2. 3. not knowing the constitution.
Cathi hardie

United States

#18 May 1, 2016
Lori Tennison wrote:
MIchael, two years later & looking back, do you still feel the same? I'd appreciate your insight. If you'd be willing to share an email? Lori Tennison

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My granddaughter is there now because her mother lied. My daughter Kat blocked the family from talking to Liz. What can we do to help her and most of all help her mother whom has been manipulating everyone in everyway.
WeD

El Dorado Hills, CA

#19 Saturday Aug 20
This place is for juvenile delinquents and is nothing more than jail. The website is a complete fraud and the facility is filthy and unsafe. Everyone there is ordered by court mandate to serve out their criminal sentences, so do NOT send your child there for treatment, as there is none. My son was threatened from the moment he arrived until we removed him. Doctors lied to us and the rooms were filthy. Whatever you do, do NOT send your child here. My poor son was in need of treatment and now he has PTSD from Willow Springs jail experiecne to add to his problems. This place is nothing like what they claim to be. Just horrible.

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