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GAO INVESTIGATION -
GAO UPDATES -
BILL TO PROTECT CHILDREN AND
NEW PROPOSED BILL NO. H.R. 911 - (formerly
H.R. 6358 and
H.R. 911 - Stop Child Abuse in Residential
Programs for Teens Act of 2009 -
Full Committee Markup
10:15 AM, February 11, 2009
2175 Rayburn H.O.B
Additionally, the Committee Oversight Plan will be considered.
Stop Child Abuse in Residential Programs
for Teens Act of 2008
Passed the House of Representatives June 25, 2008
Congressman Miller -
Press Release -
Final Vote Results -
Track the Bill
to learn what the GAO has uncovered
Proposed Bill -
Committee Hearing -
GET INVOLVED! Kids can't wait!
Click here for a summary of a
bipartisan compromise Mr. Miller reached with Mr. McKeon
Get involved - the time is now!
Children and Teens Can't Wait!
Our work, folks, has really only just
We need not become complacent -
this bill is only the beginning!
GAO INVESTIGATES TROUBLED TEEN
BOOT-CAMP STYLE PROGRAMS
Highlights of the GAO findings
Read what they uncovered -
Click here for GAO report
(Note: A more comprehensive report will be prepared Winter 2008)
CONGRESSMAN GEORGE MILLER CALLS FOR
A CONGRESSIONAL HEARING
On October 10, 2007, The Committee of Education and Labor held a
on cases of child abuse and neglect at private Residential Treatment
here to watch the
Parents share their stories of the abuse endured by their children
Congressman Miller pushes for Federal Regulations
Click here for more news and
LEGISLATION - Did not pass - see new bill H.R. 6358 (formerly H.R.
PROPOSED FEDERAL BILL HR 1738 "END
INSTITUTIONALIZED ABUSE AGAINST CHILDREN"
Currently there is pending Federal legislation that, if passed,
would ensure all youth residential facilities and programs
licensed and regulated.
Type H.R. 1738 under "Bill Number"
and press search.
Then click on "Bill Summary and Status"
for a copy of the bill.
April 20, 2005:
Congressman George Miller introduced Federal Bill
HR 1738 into the US House of
For Congressman Miller's press release, please
For a copy of the bill (in pdf format),
On the same day a new lawsuit was filed
with allegations of child abuse at Majestic Ranch, a World Wide
of Specialty Programs (WWASP) program, Congressman Miller
proposed this new bill.
for the article.
information on abusive practices at Majestic Ranch.
Proposed Bill HR1738 needs to be set for hearing before
John Boehner is responsible for setting the bill for hearing.
Chairman Henry Hyde has been assigned to
review the bill with Chairman Boehner to determine if it will be set
What you can do:
Please write to both Chairmen Boehner and Hyde
(addresses listed below). In your letters, please share your personal experience
tell them why you feel this bill should be
set for hearing.
Committee of Education in the Workplace
1011 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Chairman Henry Hyde
House International Committee
2170 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Miller can be reached at:
Honorable George Miller
2205 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Tel: (202) 225-2095
for the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP's)
letter of June 1, 2005, to
Congressman Miller asking for their consideration. "We appreciate
the intent of the introduction of this legislation, but
are concerned the excellent work being done by a large number of
residential treatment programs will be impacted
negatively if their interests are not considered..."
ATTORNEY GENERAL ALBERTO GONZALES
President Bush's new attorney general says the Justice Department
may take a more active role in oversight of boot camp programs for
comments by Alberto Gonzales (left) came in response to a question
by Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., the ranking Democrat on
the House Education and the
Workforce Committee. Miller has been
pressing the Justice Department unsuccessfully
allegations of abuse at World Wide Association of Specialty Programs
(WWASP), a Utah-based chain of programs for at-risk teens.
comments suggest he will be more sensitive to this serious situation
the Justice Department has been to this point,” Miller said in
a statement. “I will be watching
carefully to ensure that he
fulfills the commitments he has made in response to these
for the full article.
April 14, 2005 - Bill HR 1672
Introduced - Rights for Abducted Children Act of 2005
Representative Lynn Woolsey introduced Bill HR 1672 "Rights
for Abducted Children Act" on April 14, 2005. Children who are
victims of family abductions would be eligible for victim's
compensation and assistance. What about children who are abducted
and incarcerated into mental reprogramming facilities? It is our
belief that they, too, deserve such compensation once they are
released back into society, often times to fend for themselves. Some
suffer for many years, trying to recover and heal from their
Kidnapping Crime Act The International Parental Kidnapping Crime
Act of 1993 makes it a federal crime to remove a child from the
United States or retain a child, who has been in the United States,
outside the United States with the intent to obstruct the lawful
exercise of parental rights.
here for statutes.
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2007 - UPDATE
Senator Trudy Schmidt introduces
Senate Bill 288 -
News article -
Montana Legislature - Detailed Bill
Status of Senate Bill 288 -
2007 Montana Legislature
Panel to begin work regulating
youth homes -
Senate Bill 101, did not pass. For a copy of the bill,
Bill 628, passed. For a copy of the bill,
would have provided for governmental oversight while HB 628
will not. HB 628 will, in essence, provide program owners the
ability to self-regulate and is of great concern.
to learn more.
Senate Bill 101
Senator Trudi Schmidt sponsored
SB 101 in 2005 which would have
required residential facilities
for youth to be licensed and
regulated in the State of Montana. Unfortunately the bill did not pass.
Please send your letters showing your support
for future legislation in the state of Montana to Senator
the address listed below:
Senator Trudi Schmidt
4029 6th Avenue South
Great Falls, MT 59405-3746
HB 628 passed and
should be cause for concern. Section 1 of this bill indicates a
board will be chosen that will consist of five members appointed by
the governor with consent of the senate. Three of those members will
be chosen from a list of nominees provided by programs, and two from
the general public.
If three of the
nominees provided by programs all agree on issues regarding
licensure, they will have the majority vote, in essence giving them
the ability to self-regulate. In an industry where child abuse is
prevalent, self-regulation is not a positive solution for the
children at risk.
Click here for a copy of the bill.
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