Noah’s mom called DRNC when she saw bruises on her son’s face and arms during a video call. Noah had been sent to a psychiatric residential treatment facility (PRTF) to receive treatment for his mental health disability. Instead, one worker held him down while another beat him and broke his arm. Noah was left without medical care for many days.

This is a true story, though of course we have changed the name and identifying details for our client’s protection. We have many clients like Noah, young people in need of care who end up in facilities because the right kind of support is not offered in their communities. With no other option, they receive the wrong kind of services, far from home. We are committed to protecting the rights of these children.

Join us in our fight against abuse and neglect in facilities. Learn more about the abuses taking place in PRTFs and share Noah’s story with others.

Learn more about some of the problems in PRTFs

Read more about DRNC’s work on PRTFs.

A Profitable Death Trap: Sequel Youth Facilities Raked in Millions while Accused of Abusing Children

The Bad Place – an investigative report on PRTFs

Breaking Code Silence – survivors and activists raising awareness of the problems with facilities and programs like PRTFs.