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This program is one that FamilyLight sm holds in high regard expect to review in greater depth  in the future.  We are waiting for the program to return the questionnaire we have developed so we can be most thorough.  Guest reviews are invited prior to that.

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Island View is a very sophisticated and high quality psychiatric residential treatment center.  Everything about it is well designed  from the program itself to the architecture of the physical plant.  This program provides the best of psychiatry and other mental health interventions, combined with the best of what has been learned in emotional growth programs.  Keep in mind that the best of  emotional growth programs maintain the dignity of the student/ client/ patient.  The physical plant is spacious. Although it is difficult if not impossible for residents to leave the grounds without permission, the physical plant is designed so as not to be claustrophobic and does not create an appearance of being a caged space. 

This program was founded by Dr. Jared Balmer and two  others who have long been out of the management of the program.  Dr. Balmer recently moved on to other pursuits within Aspen creating a vacancy at Island View.  Although we were sorry to see Dr. Balmer leave Island View, we were thrilled when Aspen chose Don Vardell as his successor. 

This is a program in which we have great confidence.

While you wait for us to present a more complete review, please look around this website.  Look at our Guidelines -- a fairly comprehensive statement of what we believe quality is all about.  If you come to a search and planning process with limited experience, this is an opportunity for you to find some principles to measure schools and programs against.

Keep coming back to see the updates. Look at "What's New" (Announcements).  In spring of 2009 we expect to have returns from schools, programs, and related organizations published, giving deeper insight into these than has ever been available on the web before. 

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