| Feb 20, 2015
| 3:11 AM
At Rock River Academy, hours that were billed as "group therapy" for girls with troubled histories instead were spent watching movies in a common area, with no discussion afterward, according to a state monitoring report and interviews with former...
| Dec 3, 2014
In its investigation of Rock River Academy in Rockford, the Tribune examined thousands of pages of confidential juvenile case files and other records but also interviewed 20 former residents for their recollections of life inside the facility.
| Dec 8, 2014
| 7:49 PM
Placed in a Wisconsin residential treatment center for youths with behavioral and mental health problems, the teenager ran away for a night to visit his girlfriend.
He returned the next morning to find the facility doors locked. In a moment of anger,...
| Dec 8, 2014
| 7:50 PM
Six years after the U.S. Government Accountability Office found that youths were beaten and abused inside residential treatment centers across the country, the mistreatment and violence continue amid inconsistent oversight by government agencies, an...
| Dec 1, 2014
| 10:00 PM
With her belongings in a backpack, 16-year-old Jessica McQueen described wandering the streets of Rockford, begging for food and money.
It was a cold day in October, and she had no reliable place to stay. But McQueen told a reporter she was desperate to...
| Sep 17, 2014
| 6:43 PM
As the father of a physically and mentally disabled daughter, Bruce Maxwell understands the challenges parents face when trying to find proper help for their children.
The Jacksonville attorney is taking up the cause for parents of children who lived...
| Apr 25, 2013
When Garfield Park Hospital opened in February, the child psychiatric center promised to treat Chicago's toughest kids, including young gang members and sexually aggressive adolescents.
But Illinois officials stopped sending juvenile state wards to...
| Sep 28, 2011
| 4:00 AM
In a damning new report, experts from the University of Illinois at Chicago paint a grim portrait of conditions at a Chicago psychiatric hospital, describing an environment of chaos, physical attacks and sexual assaults that regularly puts its young...
| Jan 23, 2013
A U.S. Department of Justice probe into patient care at a suburban psychiatric hospital is expanding to three other prominent Illinois facilities owned by Universal Health Services Inc., the nation's largest operator of behavioral health hospitals and...
| Jun 8, 2011
Rick Santorum, Pennsylvania's former senator and as of Monday an official candidate for president, sits on the board of Universal Health Services Inc. (UHS), which has been fraught with legal issues including a lawsuit by the Justice Department for...
| May 17, 2010
Southwest Healthcare officials announced Monday that the Riverside County hospital system had reached an agreement with federal regulators that will allow them to keep their Medicare funding past June 1. The agreement comes a month after state officials...