I am writing this letter to express my shock, astonishment, concern and deep dismay regarding allegations of abuse being brought against the VisionQuest Juvenile delinquency program component located in Silver City, N.M.
I am a very strong supporter of the methods of treatment employed by VisionQuest in addressing my daughter's delinquent problems: alcohol and drug abuse, stealing, aggressive behavior and habitual running away.
Janet had been placed, under the direction of the Probation Department, in various programs, all of which were dismal failures. In November, 1982, the courts ordered Janet to VisionQuest, and she remained there for 20 months of intensive care.
VisionQuest provided constructive parent group counseling. We were kept up-to-date about Janet's progress in school and in facing her problems. These reports came to us on a weekly basis for 20 months. All "incidents"--physical confrontations--also were reported whenever the occasion arose.