Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Letter To 8th Judicial District Attorney About Shadow Mountain Academy

Sent: April 15, 2008

To: 8th Judicial District Attorney Donald Gallegos

Dear Mr. Gallegos: I sent my son, Hunter McIntyre, to Shadow Mountain Academy twomonths ago. The institution claims to treat young men who arediagnosed with both a mental condition and substance abuse. Inthe case of my son this was bipolar illness and alcohol abuse. After two weeks, he was asked to leave, and I have not been ableto get any of my money back. The facility clearly does not have the capacity to do what itpurports to do.

My son is not violent, nor was there any reportof violent activity. I received no written notice that he was on"probation". I understand that these operations are not governed by anylaw in New Mexico, and that is a shame.

These "outpatientliving facilities" are acting in the place of doctors and therapists.The work that they do has the capacity to risk the mentaland physical lives of the young men who attend.

As far as I can tell, all of the young men are left at ShadowMountain overnight without any supervision other than a groundskeeper.

In addition, money which I sent to Shadow Mountain Academywas deposited in the account of a California business, Artof the Stars, which has no relationship to Shadow Mountain otherthan a common owner. This action seems extremely odd to me and I think it bears some examination.

I would appreciate it if someone in your office would lookinto these matters.

Douglas A. McIntyre

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