Sexual Abuse Victims at New Mexico’s Now-Closed Desert Hills Youth Treatment Center® May Be Eligible for Compensation, Justice

In a monumental ruling, a Rio Arriba County jury awarded an astounding $485 million in a lawsuit filed on behalf of a young girl who was sexually abused in a specialized foster care program.

This program was intended to provide her with behavioral health treatment, and the jury's verdict and award demonstrated to the girl that she is valued and that the abuse she suffered should never have occurred.

The lawsuit was filed in 2019 against several defendants, including Acadia Healthcare® subsidiary Desert Hills Youth Treatment Center®, a former residential treatment center for children.

The lawsuit alleged that these companies failed to protect the children in their care from Clarence Garcia, who was criminally charged with child sexual abuse.

The state Children, Youth, and Families Department revoked a license for Acadia Healthcare® in 2019 following reports of sexual abuse and violence at the facility, and it was ordered to shut down.

Desert Hills Youth Treatment Center®, which has served at-risk youth for decades, has had a history of allegations dating back to at least August 2017, shortly after it was bought by Acadia Healthcare®, one of the nation's largest behavioral health corporations.


Desert hills youth treatment center® failed to protect the children in their care

Victims of various abuses by Desert hills youth treatment center®’s administrators are urged to request a free, private case evaluation to get justice and compensation.

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Victims of emotional, physical, & sexual abuse may qualify for a free, private case evaluation

Desert Hills Youth Treatment Center® victims who suffered abuse—and the families who suffered with them—can get compensation & justice, starting with a free, private case evaluation by an experienced legal team.

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We’ll ask specific questions to understand the situation, the abuse, and other vital info to help determine the next steps.

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A legal team led by a personal injury attorney will consider the facts of the case and the potential for compensation.

Have an individual claim filed for compensation

Those that qualify will have an individual claim filed in a court of law for the justice and compensation they deserve.

Our attorneys know how to deal with healthcare companies who choose to protect the reputation of their facilities rather than protect the safety of the patients they serve.

Abuse Information To Prepare Families

What is sexual assault?

An act in which one intentionally sexually touches another person without that person's consent or coerces or physically forces them to engage in a sexual action against their will.

The organizations & individuals responsible for the allegations include:

Acadia Healthcare®;

Desert Hills Youth Treatment Center®,

State Children, Youth, and Families Department®;

Familyworks®; and,

Foster parents Clarence and Debbie Garcia.

The various incidents of abuse going primarily underreported to CYFD include:

Suicide attempts;

Ingesting harmful substances,

Unauthorized departures from the facility;

Fights leading to injuries; and,

Sexual abuse by other children.

Compensation Begins With A Free, Online Case Review

Victims of sexual assault can get the compensation and justice they deserve from big organizations that resist delivering proper payouts.

Foster Care Sexual Assault FAQ: Questions About Sexual Assault in Foster Homes

Is it true that girls living in foster homes are a particularly vulnerable group?

The investigation examined 155 adolescent girls in foster care and found that 81% had experienced sexual abuse. 68% of girls reported being sexually abused by more than one individual.

How does sexual abuse affect foster children versus other children?

A Johns Hopkins University study found that children in foster care are four times more likely than other children to be sexually abused.

How else does sexual abuse affect foster children in group homes?

Those who live in group homes experience an abuse rate of 28 times those of other children.

Discover why our clients get their sexual abuse compensation paid fast.

Our team of attorneys has a track record of getting both justice and deserved compensation.

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