Mom

Downingtown, PA

#21 Mar 4, 2011
I'd like some feedback about abraxas female adolescent facility. My daughter was remanded there 3 weeks ago. I'd like to get her out of there and nto a rehab that will actually do her some good.Help!
Previous Abraxas LSW

Reading, PA

#22 May 18, 2011
I worked for 2 years in an Abraxas facility...for the sake of drama, I will not disclose which one. However, I do see the valid point that many of the residents are beyond the control of the program itself. In addition, I have seen staff and residents become seriously injured while in the faciltiy. I was fortunate enough to have never been injured, but I am not the provoking type. However, there are many staff who often engage in power struggles with the youth...which results in an all-out brawl. In addition, I have seen abuse of power within the organization. Bottom line, this facility is poorly managed...it was as cornell, then abraxas, and now geo companies. Think about this hard...for a company to switch corporate management that much, there has to be issues. Without the switch, DPW would ahve shut them down. Look up the name in the web browser and you will see the articles in local papers. The statistics stemming from this place are overwhelming. Bottom line, I wouldn't send a rabid pitbull there!
yungxcraven

Teaneck, NJ

#23 Jun 17, 2011
Mike wrote:
I am interviewing for a life skills position at Abraxas and was wondering what the pay rate is for a job like this. I've been reading some of the comments on here about how unruly the place is and it's giving me some second thoughts. Any info would be appreciated.
..........hi everyone, my names chris..(not sure if i even have a user name on this forum)...i was once a resident at abraxas..in 1995 i was a pretty bad kid from pittsburgh and i stole a car. I just wanna say that abraxas totally allowed me to turn my life around. Now im hearing all of these stories about the crazy things going on there, and it was NOTHING like that when i was there. I had a counselor named beth hickey...she worked extra hard to help me...i havent been in trouble scince..(im now 33 years old)..so i hope abraxas turns it around, and if any of you work there please beleive in your job, im living proof that some of those kids CAN be reached
yungxcraven

Teaneck, NJ

#24 Jun 17, 2011
Mom wrote:
I'd like some feedback about abraxas female adolescent facility. My daughter was remanded there 3 weeks ago. I'd like to get her out of there and nto a rehab that will actually do her some good.Help!
.....hi, as i said in my earlier post, i was actually a resident at the boys abraxas over a decade ago...i wont pretend i know much about the female version, but as a whole, i felt abraxas was a clean, well kempt facility. We attended a bunch of groups daily when i was there, had access to the gym and other recreation..(if we followed rules) and were generally pretty well taken care of...unfortunatly it sounds like abraxas is going downhill fast, but i would say that its still a sight better than alot of other juvenile facilties...i think your daughter will be fine...how long was she commited for?
caseys mom

Nazareth, PA

#25 Aug 5, 2011
from all the people i talk to (staff), abraxis seems to be organized. My sons councler is doing a good job. The staff is always open and available when ever I call they accomidate for our large family to visit. My son seems to be benifiting. And I was VERY concerned about A1. My husband went there as a youth and then the program was very strange. A1 is a diffrent place then it was 30 years ago. Thanks Tim K for helping my son.:)
8/5/11
caseys mom

Nazareth, PA

#26 Aug 5, 2011
I feel the staff is genuine. My son is benifiting form his time in A 1. Tim K is a good councler for my son. the clint and the councler must click to benifite. If the client just goes through the motions not much can be achieved. the work has to come from both the client and the staff. Thank you Tim K and Team who work with C.M. Im greatful ;)
hey alumni 1981

Muncy, PA

#27 Oct 6, 2011
my parents worked there till the tornado hit and i lived in the staff housing till then also..from 1973 till early 90's abraxas was a amazing place saving mostly adults lives..i can name 50 that i know personally..its a shame it has turned to kids..it saved my parents lives..
chris wilmore

Jersey City, NJ

#28 Aug 4, 2012
When i entered abraxas in 1995 i was one of the more impresionable, and VIOLENT kids in my dorm..i actually assaulted a staff member named dave for failing my room inspection..( dave if your out there, i sincerly apologize)..now im a 34 yr old man whos respected in my community..a father of 3 children, two of wich are in gifted classes, and a youth counselor..my point? I went from WORST KID to being someone decent..what im hearing from some of you staff members makes me SICK..a 16 yr old CHILD is rarely beyond redemption..im living proof..if my little badass could change, ANY CHILD CAN..i think the first mistake is that they hire a majority of the staff from rural small town areas and think theyll be able to understand an innercity youth..SORRY, theres a difference in innercity and rural youth..nevertheless, if ur a counselor calling these kids LITTLE SOCIOPATHS u should probably go grab u a job at walmart or something..yes there is some kids who are inherintly bad, but most CAN BE HELPED!
chris wilmore

Jersey City, NJ

#29 Aug 4, 2012
One more thing,.. if you were in abraxas in 1995-96 in explorer dorm, we were there together..id love to recconect with some of my old friends..namely JOHN CARTER, WILLIAM POTEAT AND EFFRAIN ORTIZ..you can leave me a message on facebook at amy stclair-wilmore..hope u guys holla at me!
catmarch687

United States

#30 Sep 15, 2012
abraxas cares about makeing money. Not you me and not the kids. pay is crap. hours are crap food is crap. no one follows the policys. they do what ever they want time after time, to many supervisor.
turn over is though the roof. lay off affter layoff. i hate this damn place i wish someone cared about the kids im sure some staff do. that why the quit they know GEO dont
Recent Client

United States

#31 Dec 13, 2012
Honestly this is probably one of the worst places to send an adolescent, as a client there for six months 2011-2012 it was by far the worst experience of my life. Staff does not care about the youth, staff are absolutely not in control of the facility. In some cases staff arranged individual clients to be jumped. The majority of clients are from large inner city countys and are very violent and probably should be in jail. However smaller countys still send kids there for less serious crimes or drug use when they should be sent else where. Abraxas is filled with contraband, there are big fights on a daily basis, staff abuse power, the school is a joke, they under feed clients, in all reality it is amazing to me they get away with the shit that goes on there legitimately. Also the program does not work. You have no idea what really goes on there. If you are being sent there, honestly good luck. I could go on forever about this place.
me all alone

Washington, DC

#32 Jan 19, 2013
I was at abraxas last year the fed us chicken pattys four or five times a week. The school is okay they offer osha and serv safe but thise two things was the only thing they had to offer. the supervisor un my dorm was motivated but he didnt wirk alot and the wirkers are there for the miney just like any other job. it is a buissness alot if people fall to relieze that
Lies

Clarion, PA

#33 Feb 7, 2013
I worked at abraxas in Marienville for a month. I absolutely hated it. The staff beat on the kids, even when they did nothing wrong, and the whole place is crooked so there is no reporting it. The kids respected me, and were disappointed when I resigned, but I could not deal with my coworkers and knowing that there was nothing that I could do to protect them. YES they are criminals, BUT they are still people, and regardless do not deserve to be beaten and embarrassed. Abraxas is supposed to rehabilitate, not degrade. Its completely ridiculous and that company should be either shut down or completely restaffed with the correct training..
abraxas client

Lewistown, PA

#34 Feb 14, 2013
I was a client in mohican dorm in 2011 and i can honestly say that abraxas is a joke, almost all the staff are just there for the paycheck and dont geniunely care about the wellbeing of the kids, there is fights everyday and staff assaults. The kids do whatever they want and get away with it. I am from a small county in pa and itbwas my first time going to placement for a probation violation and they put me in mohican dorm which is intensive open residential and is for habitual offenders so i was 15 years old in placement for my first time with a dorm full of kids that were all reoffenders and very violent. Sadly i became one of the worst kids in that dorm at that time i was getting restrained everyday and assaulting staff and thats because i couldnt handle all the bullshit they put us through. Luckily i got fta'd and went to a better facility where i never got restrained once that should tell you something if i went from getting restrained everyday at a1 to not getting restrained once in 9 months at another facility. That place needs to get shutdown before someone gets killed
catfish

United States

#35 Feb 27, 2013
I work at Abraxas one current it is true all they want is money. do not care for staff or client outcome every thing here is hash hash.. dont talk about it it didnt happen type stuff, clients are evil,staff give them weed or whatever they want half the staff are worthless at scm cpr and everything. they hire kids to do man work pay is crap,union is crap dorms are trash dirty. turnover rate is paramount. evergreen is a dc kid play house that staff call off over and over because they dont want beat up. ts are worthless all they do is sit in the office with door closed fat butt people. i hate this crap hole,all ya insects and animale wild cats in dorms big spiders dirty crapy
catfish

United States

#36 Feb 27, 2013
you are right abraxas client the only one FTa in mohican anyway ur right this is a crap whole you where fta because they didnot want to help you you where marked helpless so ship ya to someone else not are problem anymore.
Holy Christ Onhisbike

United States

#37 May 11, 2013
There were lessons to be taken from there in the years I was rented to them. But what must be understood is that no one in corrections is being paid for good works. The industry, like any other industry inclusive of medicine is based on profit. This profit is guaranteed by corrupt systems. Minors are especially profitable because of the rehabilitation aspect. I was there for nearly 2 years. There was a military Type sense of pride and discipline from much of the staff at Simmelkjaer and I learned as much as one would expect to in such a climate but in reality when you throw a sheep to a lion either it learns to be stronger or it gets eaten. I was there with retared kids and murderers. The problem lies not with the place but with the powers in control of sentencing and and funding. Just research the "school to prison pipeline" and you will know what it is about. Im grateful for the help I was offered by the staff who were there with me. But really, if you are smart you will see that you are fucking up and either decide to make the changes Necessary to funtion in society or not. I was there for dealing something other than drugs... But I was put in a drug dealers program. It was an experience. They should have just sent me to a farm to learn sometjing real About survival.
And (I'm in a hammock drinking a margarita) Saying "Steuter was wrong..." The book by that name is going to be the nect Fight Club... ;)
1995 A-1 Alumni

Lancaster, PA

#38 Jul 13, 2013
I read the comments and I agree to a certain extent. I was placed in A-1 in 1993,graduated with honors, enrolled in my local community college, unfortunately I was consumed by my old surroundings, that in turn contributed to all the wrong decisions having been made.Bottom line: Abraxas-I gave me much needed direction in my life. Most of today's troubled youth is always difficult to get through to. Persistence,dedication,and commitment for your desired career is key.Consistency in willingness to work with troubled youth takes a special type of individual. Are "you" that type?
1995 A-1 Alumni

Lancaster, PA

#39 Jul 13, 2013
chris wilmore wrote:
When i entered abraxas in 1995 i was one of the more impresionable, and VIOLENT kids in my dorm..i actually assaulted a staff member named dave for failing my room inspection..( dave if your out there, i sincerly apologize)..now im a 34 yr old man whos respected in my community..a father of 3 children, two of wich are in gifted classes, and a youth counselor..my point? I went from WORST KID to being someone decent..what im hearing from some of you staff members makes me SICK..a 16 yr old CHILD is rarely beyond redemption..im living proof..if my little badass could change, ANY CHILD CAN..i think the first mistake is that they hire a majority of the staff from rural small town areas and think theyll be able to understand an innercity youth..SORRY, theres a difference in innercity and rural youth..nevertheless, if ur a counselor calling these kids LITTLE SOCIOPATHS u should probably go grab u a job at walmart or something..yes there is some kids who are inherintly bad, but most CAN BE HELPED!
I CONCUR Chris.(K. Matos) Originally from Bethlehem Pa. Explorer dorm.
Meeeeeeeeee

Darby, PA

#40 Jan 19, 2016
The Narrarator wrote:
I also currently work at Abraxas I. It really is a joke anymore. There was a time that a client would be on IS/ILE for weeks for assaulting staff. Now they sit on a hard chair for one day and don't follow expectations and come off and brag to their other gang banger buddies. I've also been in several restraints and been hurt. There is no concern for staff's safety. One of our program managers is being prescribed amphetamines by our psychologist,who mind you is a self proclaimed ex-heroin addict. There is a Treatment supervisor that was recently promoted that not too long ago was accused of sleeping with the clients(her friend that was in on it is now serving time for it!). Our newest program "IORP" seems to be becoming a ticking time bomb. Almost every day there is a restraint or two, and appears to be becoming worse every day. We had a client discharge from our program recently that was shot in the head by police one week after discharging from the program... Everybody at work that I've talked to about this seems to agree that he was not ready to leave. This is what happens when we rush these clients through the program. The whole mentality at Abraxas I is simple. Pass the buck. You mess up blame it on anybody but yourself. There is no more integrity there. Some thing needs to happen and to happen fast or we will all be looking for jobs.
Do you happen to no the names of these staff that were accused of the sex crimes

Tell me when this thread is updated:

Subscribe Now Add to my Tracker

Add your comments below

Characters left: 4000

Please note by submitting this form you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator. Send us your feedback.

Sheffield Discussions

Title Updated Last By Comments
alicia pape (Apr '16) 19 hr Watchful eye 13
Bike Path Sun Jdb 4
News WILK, Steve Corbett part ways Mar 23 Rubicon con 1
Jasmine Lindgren Mar 22 Backdoor Knockin 5
Ice cream man Mar 18 Bartender 1
Worn pennsylvania Mar 11 Rustbeltretard 1
Deer population Mar 8 Blowhole 6

Sheffield Jobs

More from around the web

Personal Finance

Sheffield Mortgages