Was Your Child Abused at a Sequel / Vivant / Brighter Heights Behavioral Facility?

March 10, 2023

Were you or a loved one held at a Sequel, Vivant or Brighter Heights facility, and suffered death, sexual abuse or physical abuse?

Sequel Youth and Family Services promised to take in and help troubled kids across the United States. The owners turned the service into a for-profit behemoth with 25 centers in 16 states and outpatient centers in others. At one point the company was valued at $400 million. As reported by American Public Media, the company sought to dominate the country’s behavioral health care industry, valued at more than $2 billion.

Then the reports of abuse came — sexual abuse, physical abuse and emotional abuse. Even death. As one example, Cornelius Frederick, a 16-year-old boy, threw some food in the cafeteria. He was then forced to the ground and restrained by staffers for 12 minutes, during which time Frederick stopped breathing. Another 12 minutes passed before anyone called 911. The medical examiner ruled his death homicide by asphyxiation.

Sequel, headquartered in Huntsville, Alabama, eventually shut down some of the treatment centers where abuse surfaced and sold its company. According to APM, “most of the former Sequel treatment centers that remain open are now controlled by Vivant Behavioral Healthcare, which was founded in 2021 by Jay Ripley, one of three people who founded Sequel in 1999.”

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