One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest: Virginia Using Psychiatric Institutions As Expensive Substitute for Foster Care

29 Jul

Arlington Elected Officials

We have been hearing this more than once.   The misuse of a psychiatric institution by Arlington Virginia DHS to house a perfectly normal child in foster care in order to isolate her from her family.

Foster care is supposed to help a child reunite with their family.  However, Arlington DHS has used psychiatric institutions — funded by Medicaid funds to foot the bill — to isolate normal foster children from their families.

One psychiatric institution used for this improper purpose is run by Hallmark Youthcare Richmond, which is based in Macon, Georgia.  They have a location just outside of Richmond where one foster child, AMOB was placed when Arlington DHS sought to keep her away from her loving Mormon family.   The organization is run by J. Thomas Mcafee, III, who is also chairing the development of a hymnal entitled Celebrating Grace Hymnal ( which released on March 7, 2010 at Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia.  (   The facility is licensed by James W. Stewart, III, Commissioner, Mormon, Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services.

Hallmark Youthcare Where Ashlie Mae OBrien Is Being Held

Hallmark Youthcare Where Ashlie Mae OBrien, Who is a Normal Child, Was Illlegally Committed by Arlington Judge Varoutsos, without legal representation or notification to her Loving LDS Family

This appears highly irregular and a misuse of taxpayer dollars — with the facts strongly suggesting that Medicaid fraud is involved.   Is this being done for a kickback like what was happening in Pennsylvania?  Once again, Arlington DHS fails the children of Arlington.

Has Arlington backtracked on its commitment not to outsource foster care?  Arlington reluctantly discovered what a bad idea it is to take children out of their homes

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If you want to know more, try contacting any of those listed below, maybe they will talk to you (and ask them to release Ashlie):

  • Jason McCandless (Lead Arlington County Attorney). 703 228-3045; 571-329-4817;
  • Karen Grane (Court appointed GAL): 703-875-2083;  703 200 7378;
  • Susanne Eisner, Director, Arlington Department of Human Services), 703-228-1300,
  • Arlington County Board,
    • Arlington County Board Chairperson Mary Hughes Hynes,, 703-228-3130
    • Arlington County Board Vice Chair, J. Walter Tejada,
  • Congressman James Moran,  Email, (202) 225-4376
  • Governor Bob McDonnellRobert F., (804) 786-2211
  • Virginia Attorney General Ken
  • James W. Stewart, III, Commissioner, Mormon, Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS), allowing the abuse to continue at Hallmark Youthcare Richmond;