A private Kelowna youth treatment centre was shut down after operating without a license, and amidst allegations the owners bullied and mistreated some of the children staying there.
Two years later, and they are firing back, in court.
David and Susan Kenney say in a notice of civil claim filed in BC Supreme Court that they did nothing wrong, and were unfairly targeted.
The couple is suing the Ministry of Children and Family Development and the Interior Health Authority for injury to reputation and severe emotional distress.
In the suit, the pair claims the NeurVana Recovery and Wellness Centre was shuttered without cause:
“At no time did MCFD have reasonable grounds to believe, and at no time did MCFD in fact conclude, that the youths were in need of protection or that the youths’ health or safety was in immediate danger.”
The provincial government said at the time the facility was operating without a proper license.
WATCH: NeurVana marketed itself as an “innovative recovery and wellness program for youth and young adults.”
The story made national headlines when attendees claimed they were verbally abused, bullied, and forced to stay at the treatment centre against their will.
Some families paid up to $25,000 for several weeks stay in a desperate attempt to help their troubled teens overcome addiction, depression, and behavioural issues.
There were also claims the centre used electric shock therapy, but the Kenney’s insist it was a non-invasive technology called “brainwave optimization” that provides sound waves in the form of musical tones.
According to media reports at the time, the couple moved to the Cayman Islands and attempted to operate a new centre there.
The Kenney’s lawyer, Craig Dennis, declined a request for comment.
None of the allegations have been proven in court.