A controversial youth recovery centre shut down by the B.C. government is now operating in Ontario.
The province shut down NeurVana Recovery and Wellness Centre, a private youth treatment centre in Kelowna, for operating without a license more than two years ago.
Lawsuits were filed by families of troubled teens alleging bullying and mistreatment.
Now owners David and Susan Kenney have opened a similar centre in Barrie Ontario, called the Wellbeing Institute.
They’ve also hired a PR firm to respond to media requests.
Jamie Ellerton with Conaptus tells CKNW it’s operating in full compliance with Ontario laws and regulations.
The couple denies any wrongdoing, and is suing the B.C. government.
They’ve also filed a petition for judicial review claiming the MCFD and Interior Health exceeded their legal authority by shutting them down.
The couple’s previous treatment centre was operating in Kelowna and marketed itself as an “innovative recovery and wellness program for youth and young adults.”
However, it attracted national attention after attendees claimed they had paid up to $25,000 for treatment but were verbally abused, bullied, and forced to stay against their will.
The facility also faced claims it was using electric shock therapy.
The Kenneys deny this, and say they used a non-invasive technology called “brainwave optimization” that uses sound waves in the form of musical notes.
None of the allegations have been proven in court.