Cascade School

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The Cascade School was a behavior modification facility marketed as a therapeutic boarding school. It was located near the Lassen National Park in California <Ref>The facility on Google maps</Ref>

It built its program based on the same strategy the CEDU facilities used.

It was opened in 1984 and closed in 2004 <Ref>FEBRUARY SEEN N’ HEARD, CASCADE SCHOOL CLOSES ITS DOORS, Februar 2004, - industry marketing firm. </ref>. It was run by Michael Allgood <Ref>Cult Education Forum </Ref>. The buildings were later housing Shepherd's Ranch Christian Academy and lately the Julian Youth Academy.

Several treads on the Cult Education Forum mention the program.

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The length of the program was 2 years.

They worked together with a wildernes program called Pathfinders where runaways were mandated before they could return to the school <Ref>Following Odysseus, Homepage of Rabbi Malka Drucker</Ref>.

The program consisted of schooling combined with group talks. Three times a week the detained teenagers at Cascade, in their "peer groups," met and talked about new and old problems.


Codes of dress and conduct were enforced all the time, some books and most rock music were unacceptable, and contact with the detained teenagers' old lives was carefully monitored.

Besides phonecalls between parents and "therapists", they had strict visitation rules: Parents came up to visit every two months for a day or two, and the first home visit occurred after a year away.

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The author and for detainee Alison Weaver wrote the book Gone to the Crazies: A Memoir about her stay at the facility (ISBN-10: 0061189588) <Ref>Gone to the Crazies: A Memoir,</Ref>.

A editorial review on Amazon states:

From Publishers Weekly:

To be fair, Weaver's entry into the family dysfunction/drug abuse/road to recovery memoir pool is engaging on a voyeuristic level; unfortunately, insanity and addiction have been staples of the genre since The Bell Jar, and Weaver's doesn't contribute much to the tradition. Beginning with her privileged New York-Connecticut upbringing, Weaver gives her girlhood self a hard-to-swallow existentialist streak, as in her description of a Fifth Avenue Christmas party: "The nothingness of it all hit me as I stood alone in the corner... like a painting covered in too much varnish, the top layer began to peel away, and in a flash I saw the dark and frightening emptiness that lay below the color." Faced with all that emptiness, wealth and domestic instability (alcoholic mother, distant father), Weaver drinks, smokes pot and gets kicked out of prestigious Spence School. Eventually she ends up at $100,000-a-year rehab boarding school Cascade, which turns out to be more cult than cure. After graduation, Weaver resorts to old tricks, drugging and slumming through New York's Lower East Side, discovering Ketamine and getting arrested on the road to redemption. Though there's plenty of honesty here, and an interesting look inside the bizarre world of high-end juvenile rehab, too much of the action and self-reflection are both familiar and overwrought.

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