Devereux has a campus on Boot Road in West Whiteland Township. 390 E Boot Road, West Chester, PA 19380 to be precise. If you live in the area you know kids seem to get out, and a lot of the time the same kids, correct? No one wants to talk about this, but it is true, correct? Ask the neighbors around there, right? And then there is a house on Ship Road that is Devereux too, correct? And another one on Boot Road?
So I hear today someone plowed into their fence there today? (That is just a related aside, but doesn’t Devereux act like good fences make good neighbors?)
And the kids who get out of 390 E. Boot Road are sometimes a problem? They are minors so this is hid from publicly available court items but occasionally we see emergency alert things like:
Do not approach and use caution if seen? That is the one who seems to get out a lot doesn’t he? And has reported to have been destructive with private property too? And West Whiteland Police is aware of these issues and doing their best, but what is Devereux doing?
That is the question, what is Devereux doing? WHY do the kids get out and want to get out? Is it that bad there that they want to escape? Doesn’t the public deserve to know what is going on?
Simple Googling can find kids bolting from there since 2016 that I found. Devereux is not a good neighbor if you talk to neighbors around this location, and is it possible there is something wrong at this location that this is why the kids run away? Or is it they aren’t paying attention to their kids?
West Whiteland, isn’t it time to talk about the problems publicly? Or at least what you CAN talk about? The general public is not properly trained to deal with these kids when they run away, and why is it they run away and how do they keep getting out? Maybe a community meeting? Or are we all just supposed to continue to pretend it doesn’t seem to have repeated issues?
Devereux really needs to address this elephant in the neighborhood, i.e. them, don’t they? No one wants to be unfair here, but so much dancing and not a lot of answers?
Various (but not all) media as it relates to Chester County Devereux problems:
NBC10: Employee at Chester County Learning Center Allegedly Broke Teen’s Arm as 2 Other Workers Watched, Police Say
Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health’s Leo Kanner Learning Center serves children with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
By Dan Stamm • Published November 28, 2018 • Updated on November 28, 2018 at 5:48 pm
An employee has been charged with multiple attacks on students inside a Chester County behavioral health center, authorities said, including an assault that left a 16-year-old girl with a broken arm.
Christina Borden, of Yeadon, allegedly threw the unidentified student at Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health’s Leo Kanner Learning Center in West Whiteland Township, Pennsylvania, to the ground, then struck the girl multiple times with her knee on Sept. 30, West Whiteland Township police said Wednesday.
The school serves children with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
The victim managed to get to her feet, but Borden, 27, then allegedly struck again, investigators said.
Two other school employees, Monique Scott, 25, of Pomeroy, and Solgie Barbar, 38, of Upper Darby, have been charged with failure to report the incident, police said.
A former employee at Devereux’s Brandywine Campus in Glenmoore was found guilty on Monday by a jury of simple assault and endangering the welfare of a child, announced Chester County District Attorney Deb Ryan.
Alexis Boaz, age 35, was found guilty in a Chester County court of punching and kicking a 14-year-old Devereux resident in the head, face, and body on November 4, 2019.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court, the attack continued until the victim was unconscious and another employee walked in. The victim was taken to Brandywine Hospital for head injuries and marks and lacerations on the head, face, neck, and body.
A jury found 29-year-old Major Yancy of Upper Darby, Delaware County, Pennsylvania guilty this week of neglect of a care-dependent person for physically assaulting an 18-year-old non-verbal client at Devereux in West Whiteland Township, Chester County, in November 2020. Judge Patrick Carmody, who presided over the trial, also found the defendant guilty of harassment. The defendant will be sentenced later…
According to documents, on November 5, 2020, West Whiteland Township Police investigated a Childline report of child abuse at the Devereux Kanner campus located in West Whiteland Township. The report indicated that a witness saw a staff member, identified as Major Yancy, throw an 18-year-old non-verbal resident onto a toilet and punch him in the abdomen.
Investigators interviewed the witness about the incident, which occurred on November 4. The witness said the defendant was helping residents get showered for the night when the victim “flopped” onto the floor, refusing to get into the shower. The witness said she observed the defendant “bear hug” the defendant, lift him into the air and throw him onto a toilet.
Philadelphia Inquirer: Twenty Chester County Devereux staffers allegedly harmed children — or kept quiet about the abuse — since 2018. The company says it’s continuing its reforms.
By Barbara Laker and Wendy Ruderman
Jan. 27, 2021
When a 16-year-old with severe autism ran naked into the living room of his residential facility at Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health’s campus in West Chester one early evening in September, a staffer turned off the lights and advanced on the boy.
Four times the man punched the teenager — in his head, his ribs, his groin. The boy, who is nonverbal, put up his hands to try to block the blows.
After the teen broke free and fled, the staffer, Olasoji Satimehin, turned the lights back on, looked up at a surveillance camera, then calmly sat down, according to a criminal complaint. Police say he did not know the camera was equipped with night vision.
Satimehin’s October arrest was the most recent in a string of criminal cases at Devereux.
Since July 2018, prosecutors have charged 20 staffers in connection with alleged physical abuse of 18 different children at Devereux’s three residential campuses in Chester County: Leo Kanner in West Chester, Brandywine in Glenmoore, and Mapleton in Malvern, according to an Inquirer review of court records…..
Devereux leaders would not answer questions about specific incidents, citing litigation concerns and privacy laws. In a statement, they said: “These incidents are heartbreaking and unacceptable, and we must always ensure we’ve learned from the past and are constantly driving change in our organization and industry. Every provider in the field must deal with the issue of employees who, despite thorough training, support, and supervision, do the wrong thing in complicated situations.
“At Devereux, we hold ourselves to the highest standards — we know there is still important work to be done and we are committed to protecting those in our care.”
Devereux senior vice president and chief strategy officer Leah Yaw acknowledged that more of its staffers have been arrested for abuse than those at other providers. She attributed that to “our really excellent use of video and reporting and catching incidents and being able to provide evidence so that when people need to be prosecuted, they are successfully prosecuted.”…
Devereux senior vice president and chief strategy officer Leah Yaw acknowledged that more of its staffers have been arrested for abuse than those at other providers. She attributed that to “our really excellent use of video and reporting and catching incidents and being able to provide evidence so that when people need to be prosecuted, they are successfully prosecuted.”…DHS said it has received 254 reports of suspected child abuse and neglect on Devereux’s three Chester County campuses from Jan. 1, 2018, to Nov. 16, 2020, through ChildLine, the state’s 24-hour hotline to report child abuse. DHS officials said they cannot reveal how many children are involved or how many of the reports were founded because the state’s Child Protective Services Law bars them from releasing that information.
Philadelphia Inquirer: At the nation’s leading behavioral health nonprofit for youth, Devereux staff abused children in their care for years — while red flags were dismissed.
By Lisa Gartner and Barbara Laker
August 11, 2020
It was just after dinner, on a cloudy evening in February, when a 16-year-old boy named Edward decided he couldn’t take it anymore: He left the cafeteria and walked quickly through campus, searching for someone to help him at Devereux Brandywine.
Behind him, Edward’s abuser followed in a van. The boy began to run.
Headquartered 15 miles outside Philadelphia, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health has specialized in treating children with intellectual disabilities, mental disorders, and trauma for more than a century. Operating 15 residential campuses that serve 5,000 children every year across nine states, Devereux is the nation’s leading nonprofit health organization of its kind.
Its motto: “Unlocking human potential.”
A shy 16-year-old from Clifton Heights, Edward had come to Devereux Brandywine, a campus in Glenmoore, four months earlier. Diagnosed with autism and developmental delays, Edward — his middle name — had spent his childhood in physical and occupational therapy appointments, learning to grip buttons and zippers, to plant his feet on the ground as he walked….
At least 41 children as young as 12, and with IQs as low as 50, have been raped or sexually assaulted by Devereux staff members in the last 25 years, an Inquirer investigation has found.
Of those, 10 said they were assaulted at Devereux’s three campuses in the Philadelphia suburbs, while the others were abused at facilities in New Jersey, Texas, Florida, Georgia, Connecticut, New York, and Arizona.
Devereux leaders, noting that a sexual assault can happen in almost any care setting, said that in the last two years they have increased safety and reduced risk by adopting a host of safeguards to prevent such abuse and hold staffers accountable.
Yet, between October 2018 and March 2019, three girls at a Devereux campus in Arizona were sexually abused by a male staffer in their bedrooms and the facility’s laundry room, they told police.
In December, at a facility in Texas, a Devereux staffer was charged with allegedly sexually abusing four children, including a 16-year-old girl who said he threatened to have her beaten up, and a 12-year-old who said he molested her several times.
And on that cloudy 2018 evening at Devereux Brandywine, Edward revealed to Wilson that a male staffer had been sexually assaulting him on campus for months. The teenager would later tell law enforcement that he was afraid to speak up, but knew he had to: The man had started abusing Edward’s 14-year-old “little brother” too.
Philadelphia Inquirer: New lawsuit alleges Devereux failed to protect at least six children from abuse. The plaintiffs, who ranged in age from 8 to 17 at the time, allege they were abused at Devereux facilities in Chester County and in other states.
Published Jan 27, 2021
A federal class action lawsuit was filed against Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health this week, claiming the nonprofit was negligent and did not protect at least six children from being abused by staffers.
According to the lawsuit, the six children, who ranged in age from 8 to 17 at the time, allegedly were abused between 2003 and 2019 at a Devereux campus — three in Chester County, two in Florida, and one in California. The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia, does not name individual staffers alleged to be responsible for physical, sexual, and verbal abuse.