Girl’s death at Trillium’s Corvallis Farm Home ruled a suicide

From the Albany Democrat-Herald, June 4, 2011

An investigation into the death of a girl found dead in her bed on May 26 at the [Trillium Family Services] Children’s Farm Home has concluded that the teenager took her own life.

According to the Benton County District Attorney’s Office, D.A. John Haroldson personally reviewed the case this week and determined it to be suicide.

The girl’s name and identifying information are not being released until her family receives the district attorney’s findings.

The Children’s Farm Home is just north of Corvallis on Highway 20.

The 300-acre facility offers “scientifically based care that is individualized and family-focused with a treatment venue that is scenic and rejuvenating … a place for healing that is unique among mental health facilities in Oregon,” according to the website for Trillium Family Services, which provides mental health therapy for children.

“We are very saddened,” Kim Scott, chief executive officer at Trillium [Family Services], said Friday.

He explained that the Department of Human Services has processes for reviewing incidents and doing investigations when a child who is under the guardianship of the state dies in a public facility.

“We are in the midst of that process now,” he said. “We can’t conduct an internal review until those entities have completed theirs.”

Asked how this could happen at the facility, Scott said:

“Right now we are focused on the safety and well-being of all the children. This was a traumatic experience for everybody. We’ve got to respond to the grief and trauma that affects children, families, the staff — that is what we are focused on.

“The rest of it, I have to work hand-in-hand with DHS and their findings,” Scott said. “We will be absolutely cooperative and open to what their findings are and do our best moving forward.”