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Sexual Abuse Victims at New Mexico’s Now-Closed Desert Hills Youth Treatment Center® May Be Eligible for Assistance & Resources

Sexual Abuse Victims at New Mexico’s Now-Closed Desert Hills Youth Treatment Center® May Be Eligible for Assistance & Resources

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A heartbreaking report told the tale of a young girl sexually abused in a specialized foster care program.

This program was intended to provide her with behavioral health treatment, but the abuse she suffered should never have occurred.

Several perpetrators were responsible for the abuse, including Acadia Healthcare® and its subsidiary Desert Hills Youth Treatment Center®, a former residential treatment center for children.

The allegations are that these companies failed to protect the children in their care from Clarence Garcia, who was criminally charged with child sexual abuse.

The state Children, Youth, and Families Department revoked a license for Acadia Healthcare® in 2019 following reports of sexual abuse and violence at the facility, and it was ordered to shut down.

Desert Hills Youth Treatment Center®, which has served at-risk youth for decades, has had a history of allegations dating back to at least August 2017, shortly after it was bought by Acadia Healthcare®, one of the nation's largest behavioral health corporations.

These allegations include suicide attempts, ingesting harmful substances, unauthorized departures from the facility, fights leading to injuries, sexual abuse by other children, and underreporting of such incidents to CYFD.

Despite the lack of formal reporting of these incidents, the CYFD consistently received accounts of abuse and assaults from kids' relatives, probation officers, and Child Protective Services.

As a result, Desert Hills Youth Treatment Center® was issued a cease-and-desist by CYFD in December 2018, revoking their license to operate in the state and denying their Medicaid certification.

We firmly believe Desert Hills Youth Treatment Center® and Acadia Healthcare® should be held accountable for any harm to any youths under their care

 If you suffered abuse in Desert Hills Residential Treatment Center®, we urge you to request a free, 100% confidential consultation immediately.

We believe all sexual abuse victims at New Mexico's now-closed Desert Hills Youth Treatment Center® deserve an opportunity for assistance & support, starting with a free, private case evaluation to determine a potential case settlement value.

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