A lot has happened over the past couple months. We want to keep you updated, but don’t want to overwhelm you with information. To accomplish this, we are going to break the summary up into separate parts. Below is Part 1 of the update.
At the beginning of April, 2019, Teen Rescue received a certified letter from the California Department of Social Services (CDSS). This letter contained a citation claiming that we are illegally operating a facility without a license on our campus. The citation claimed that we will be fined $200 per day for non-compliance with the law. Non-compliance may also bring criminal charges, which could result in up to a year of jail time. The notice gave us less than two weeks to comply.
The citation was completely generic and contained no specific information about our school, aside from the name and address. There was also no information specifying how we are in violation of the law. Our lawyers contacted CDSS countless times to ascertain more information on the matter and CDSS refused to respond or comply in any way. Clearly they were waiting out the clock until they can start levying fines against us.
We don’t believe that it is any coincidence that this citation came shortly after we filed our lawsuit against them. Their obvious intention was to threaten us with fines and criminal charges in order to intimidate us from continuing to pursue our lawsuit.
This became even more obvious when we were notified by two of our donors that their organizations were also served by CDSS with citation notices for illegally operating a facility without a license on our campus. These citations have no basis in reality! Again, these organizations are donors to Teen Rescue. They do not operate facilities in any capacity, let alone on our campus. They do not have employees who work at our campus, nor do they have any custodial relationship to any students on our campus. Attacking our donors is clearly another tactic by CDSS to harass and harm our school in order to stop our lawsuit.
In response to these ridiculous citations, we filed for a temporary restraining order and injunction against CDSS in order to prevent them from acting on these citations while the lawsuit is in process.