Open Sky Wilderness Therapy
It is employee-owned by Fernandes and partners, including clinical director Joanna Bettman, a University of Utah professor of social work.
The admission office is located in Durango, Colorado, but they transport the detainees into an area in Utah for the program.
They can detain 24 teenagers and the program last between 5 and 12 weeks with an average stay of 9 weeks.
They use a level system with 5 levels called Gateway, South, West, North and East.
Each level have different goals.
According to the homepage of the program a typical day looks like this
They also run a program for young adult between 18 and 30. Unlike the teenagers these are voluntary participants <Ref>Open sky at a glance..., program homepage</Ref>.
- In 2008 newspapers in Salt Lake Tribune published news including a runaway case and a girl who got injured due to a fall <Ref>Wilderness Therapy Camps, Salt Lake Tribune, August 2008</Ref>.
Recent sheriff's records: In October 2007, a girl ran away from Open Sky and ended up on a woman's porch with no shoes, saying she had been kidnapped and her wrist was hurt when she refused to submit to a strip search, according to a report from the San Juan County Sheriff's Office. Her father, who lives in San Francisco, retrieved her and said it was the fourth such camp she had run away from. The same month, another girl fell about 20 feet and was taken to a hospital with neck and back pain.
- In 2016 media wrote about frost bites cases in the program <ref>Open Sky chief says agency ‘deeply concerned’ about frostbite cases, By Jonathan Romeo Herald staff writer, The Durango Herald, January 16 2016</ref>
- Info: Program Website
- Survivor group: Open Sky Wilderness Therapy, facebook
- Forum: Wilderness: the answer for some troubled teens, a thread on Fornits webforum
- Forum: Open Sky Wilderness in Colorado, a thread on Fornits webforum