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About that Happy Hill Court Case.. and Some Random Facts

16 March 2009 at 3:08:14 PM

I was curious to see what the latest was on the court case being lodged against Happy Hill  I pass Happy Hill quite often and had wondered about how it runs, etc. So here\'s a few details.

  • Happy Hill has 107 beds
  • It takes in kids from 6-18 years old
  • Half of those children have their own physicians
  • Most of the kids come from private referrals, every once in a while from a court case.
  • Not looking for retarded kids or kids being treated for drugs or alcohol abuse
  • Money is donated directly to Happy Hill Farm and part of the money comes from the Happy Hill Farm Foundation, which is an endowment.

The case partially involves allegations made against a nurse that she illegally filled out prescription pads, either ones filled in with a doctor\'s signature or blank ones.

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1 - anonymous   6 Aug 2011 @ 9:41:52 AM 

I worked at HH for a short time. I ended my employment due to a family emergency but wouldn't have stayed much longer due to the low pay ($1000 a month), long hours and ridiculous co-workers.  Many of the married couples who have children must rely on food stamps and medicaid for health insurace to make ends meet.  It's not the happy great place everyone thinks it is.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                There are kids there that have alcohol/drug problems and still have to be watched for substance abuse.  There are speaker monitors (sort of like advanced baby monitors built into the walls)  in the coordinators/student rooms, that they have to leave on at night, to make sure they hear if the kids get up and to keep a  watch on them.  It's a constant battle to keep the kids from engaging in sexual relations and out of fights.  There has  been a suicide of a student at the farm.  Some of the staff do work hard and some of the married coordinators truly care for the kids.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The religious services the students are required to attend lack in theological accuracy and tend to push the students away from faith instead of drawing them in.  Christianity is presented as stiff, boring and a religion of rules, thanks to Shipman Sr.   If anyone (staff or students) hold a religious view that differs from Shipman they are viewed with suspicion and eventually driven out of employment.                                                                                                                                                                                                           A staff member who had been there for over 4 years told me that only certain students are chosen to go to banquets etc. to sing to promote funding for the farm.  The students aren't chosen on  good behaviour but rather physical beauty and to present a diverse picture of perfection.                                                                                                                                                              Several of the students come from very wealthy homes.  On parents day it's not uncommon to see high end vehicles and designer purses. These students have been given too much time and money and fell into the wrong crowd.                                                                                                                                                                          The sad truth is that these kids aren't rehabilitated at the great rate that HH claims.  Most don't attend college, some go to the military but most get out and work. The farm doesn't equip students with vocational training as they claim.  The woodshop (that could teach carpentry skills) only admits 1-2 students a year.   If they go to college, most don't have the coping skills to adjust and end of dropping out.                                                                                                                                                                                                          I wish I could say this place changes live for the good but it really coddles the kids and the students learn how to manipulate the coordinators/rules to move up the good behavior ladder to more privaleges and better housing.  Then once they are away fromt he farm they fall right back into the same old life.   Unfortunately outward appearances are everything to Shipman and staff, if you look clean cut and behave yourself with a smile and a "yes sir" then you apparently have been rehabilitated into a productive member of society. 

2 - pstern   6 Aug 2011 @ 3:21:40 PM 

You point out many honest and unfortunate issues with such programs.  Many programs across the nation for inner city youth are operated in the same manner.  Similarly, many people gain insight and learn how to milk the many social service programs including Medicaid and others so that they won't have to work throughout their entire lives.  The system actually penalizes folks in the programs if they work, so many simply don't get jobs and stay in the programs going through the "hoops."  So, why work and live independent lives if the government will pay for all your needs and you don't have to work?  It's a huge waste of taxpayer dollars.

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3 - anony   11 May 2012 @ 11:14:51 PM 

Disgruntled, former employees of any company are extremely transparent.  It's a shame when someone leaves a company because they did not like procedures or rules, they feel a need to bad mouth everyone.  Interesting how unions form, and then the majority find fault with the union leaders.  Fact is, no one is perfect, but those who go around trying to damage other people really need to look inward.  Unhappiness is what they all have in common, and most are the ones on the welfare roles that pstern speaks of.  If they really spoke truth, or really wanted to effect change, they would begin their own companies . . . but it is much easier to throw stones than build with them!  That requires hard work and dedication, which most disgruntled employees do not want a part of.

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