Kaizen Academy/Birdseye Boys Ranch (1989-present) Birdseye/Fairview, UT
Residential Treatment Center
History and Background Information
Kazien Academy (formerly known as Birdseye Boys Ranch and Birdseye RTC) is a behavior-modification program that opened in 1989. It is marketed as a Residential Treatment Center for teenage boys (13-17) who are struggling with inappropriate sexual behaviors and pornography addiction. It is reported that the boys enrolled there often also deal with trauma, attachment issues, social difficulties, emotional dysregulation, and/or other complex challenges. The program has a maximum enrollment of 15, and the average length of stay is reportedly between 9 and 12 months.
The program was originally located off of Highway 89, near Mile Marker 302. When the program’s name was changed to Birdseye RTC, the program moved to Kaizen Academy’s current location at 21325 US-89, Fairview, UT 84629. Articles note that the original campus was intended to undergo renovations and be used by Birdseye RTC, but in May of 2015 the original building was burnt down in a fire. This location remains fire-damaged and vacant.
This program was originally opened in 1989 under the name Birdseye Boys Ranch. There are also conflicting reports that the program opened in 1977. Around 2014, the program was renamed as Birdseye RTC, and the program was moved to a new location about 2 miles away. In 2014, it was discovered that the former director of Birdseye Boys Ranch, Teresa Cope, had been sexually abusing a 15-year-old resident at the program. She was arrested and the program’s name was changed to Kaizen Academy shortly after in 2016.
Founders and Notable Staff
- Lynn Loftin is one of the Founders of Kaizen Academy/BBR/BRTC. He has worked at the program since its inception in 1989. He currently works on Kaizen Academy’s Board of Directors, and also as a Therapist at the program.
Corbin Linde is one of the Founders of Kaizen Academy/BBR/BRTC. He currently works on Kaizen Academy’s Board of Directors.
Teresa Cope worked as the Director of Birdseye Boys Ranch. In 2014, it was revealed that she had been sexually abusing a 15-year-old at the program. She pled guilty and was sentenced to 320 days in jail and 36 months probation, in addition to other fines and penalties.
Jared Rockwood worked as the Clinical Director and a Primary Therapist at Birdseye RTC from 2008 until 2015. He previously worked as the Residential Director at Youth Care from 2000 until 2005. After Birdseye, he went on to work at Intermountain Polygraphs, where he currently is still works in Credibility Assessment.
Jessica Jenkins worked as a Therapist at Birdseye RTC. She later went on to work as the Clinical Director of New Haven RTC, which has been widely reported to be an abusive program.
Like other behavior-modification programs, Birdseye/Kaizen uses a level system. Howveer, no additional information is known about the specifics of the level system.
This program is highly suspected of being abusive, given their claims to treat “sexual problems” and the basis of such treatment is to establish a “new perspective on identity” (which appears to be a nice way of describing coercive thought reform, also known as brainwashing). The program’s archived website also states that “Therapeutic Polygraphs are arranged as a means of assessing honesty in treatment and for expediting the treatment process.” Polygraphs have been used in several other abusive behavior-modification facilities, including the confirmedly abusive Provo Canyon School.
Abuse, Rebrands, and the Fire
This program was originally opened in 1989 under the name Birdseye Boys Ranch. There are also conflicting reports that the program opened in 1977. Around 2009, the program was renamed as Birdseye RTC, and the program was moved to a new location about 2 miles away.
This program has been reported by many survivors to be an abusive program. The Human Rights Organization HEAL states that BBR/Kaizen Academy is a Confirmedly Abusive program. As per HEAL’s definition, “a program categorized as “Confirmedly Abusive” matches multiple warning signs of an abusive facility, has been sued or faced official complaints, and/or HEAL has received two or more substantiated reports of fraud and abuse regarding the facility.”
In April of 2014, it was discovered that the former director of Birdseye Boys Ranch, Teresa Cope, had been sexually abusing a 15-year-old resident during his time at the program. The alleged “relationship” happened in April and May of 2013, but the allegations of abuse weren’t made until April 2014. She was arrested and booked into the Utah County Jail on charges of unlawful custodial sexual relations, a second-degree felony; sexual activity with a minor, a third-degree felony; and sexual abuse of a minor, a class A misdemeanor. Her bail was set at $10,000, which was posted and Cope was released from jail April 25. She took a plea deal and pled guilty to five counts of custodial sexual misconduct with a youth receiving state services. Three of the counts were filed as second-degree felonies, while two are third-degree felonies. She was sentenced to 320 days in jail, 36 months of probation, and ordered to pay a $40,000 fine. She also had to complete any treatment or counseling recommended by Adult Probation and Parole.
On May 12th 2015, the majority of the program’s original building was burnt down in a fire. It was reported that the building was vacant at the time of the fire, but was undergoing renovations in order to be used by Birdseye RTC. The cause of the fire is unknown, and the building remains fire-damaged and vacant to this day.
With this negative publicity surrouding Birdseye, the program’s name was changed to Kaizen Academy shortly after in February of 2016.
No survivor testimonials have yet been found. If you attended BBR/BRTC/Kaizen and would like to contribute a testimony of your experience, please contact u/shroomskillet.
Birdseye Boys Ranch Website Homepage (archived, 2001)
Birdseye RTC Website Homepage (archived, 2009)
Kaizen Academy Website Homepage (current website)
HEAL Program Information – Kaizen/Birdseye
Secret Prisons for Teens – Birdseye Boys Ranch
1000 Places You Don’t Want to be as a Teenager – Birdseye Boys Ranch/Birdseye RTC
Boys ranch director accused of sexually abusing teenage boy (Herald Extra, 4/28/2014)
Police: Former director of Birdseye Boys Ranch reportedly abused teen resident (Fox 13, 4/28/2014)
Boys home director accused of sex abuse of teen (KSL, 4/29/2014)
Former Utah treatment center director jailed for sexual misconduct (Salt Lake Tribune, 10/10/2014)
Flames destroy former boys ranch in Utah County (Fox 13, 5/12/2015)
Birdseye RTC’s message regarding the recent fire (NATSAP, 5/14/2015)
Flames rip through boys ranch in Spanish Fork Canyon (Herald Extra, 7/7/2015)
Arrest and fire at Birdseye Boys Ranch in Utah (Fornits, 12/29/2015)
Formation Of The Newly Renamed Kaizen Academy Announced (Struggling Teens, 2/4/2016)