First Steps Taken to Revoke Whisper Ridge's License

By: Lisa Ferrari
By: Lisa Ferrari

February 27, 2006

The State Department of Mental Health has taken the first steps to shut down a Charlottesville mental health facility for teens.

Whisper Ridge Behavioral Health Center received a letter Monday stating the State's intent to revoke the facility's license. The letter also details some terribly disturbing events that allegedly happened there in the last two months.

According to the letter, on January 14, 2006 one resident was allegedly beaten unconscious by a group of residents and the staff failed to get him immediate medical treatment.

Since then, there have allegedly been at least three other serious physical assaults, several suicide attempts, and two patient over-doses.

The state also said they're looking into allegations that a staff member sexually abused a resident. The state is concerned that employees may have tried to cover up many of the alleged incidents.

The facility remains open. They can fight the charges against them or they will be forced to close in 30 days.

The Charlottesville Police department is also investigating several accusations of sexual abuse at the center. No criminal charges have been filed against the facility or any of its employees or residents.

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