Be very wary of this program. It is not at all as advertised. They seem to spend more time on advertising then helping the actual kids. Dr. Rubin is a consistent liar to parents and seems to be more interested in money than your child's safety. He puts kids with Autism and other mental handicaps in significant danger, by putting them with drug addicts and gambles, by not being selective and specializing in what they treat. This leads to many of the lower functioning kids to be abused verbally and peer pressured into crime, I saw multiple shop lifting first hand that led to an arrest of a student there who was doing it on behalf of another person.
Dr. Rubin realized on the unfortunate mental disabilities these kids are given to lie and manipulate them because they do not understand social cues, and when they are being lied too. In the new directions building the phone number that is required to be posted in all mental health facilities in Florida, is hid behind a do, and also has the number partially worn off, so that no one will see it. If they do take the time to look close enough and this hidden mental health abuse number they would be seen by staff and I'm sure degraded.
Confidentially is a major issue at this program. Considering it is mental health, you can hear and are told by the stay about everyones business and also there personal information. I was in there building and literally heard a whole therapy session in the room next door. They do not have the facilities to support this program. My information was revealed to other patients as well, leading to significant damage, when i would express issued with another patient that patient was told, and some of the patients don't like "snitches" so you are effectively then treated poorly by people you could be in group therapy with because they do not want to do the right thing. When I raised concerns about certain participants in the program abusing people without the mental capacity to deal with it they told me, they were going to kick those individuals out, and then go on to tell me there whole story and mental diagnosis in some cases unsolicited.
The programs services, are not at all as advertised. They significantly exaggerate the extent of services to which they are able to provide. For example, I was told I would have regular meetings with a therapist. This did not happen. They were frequently cancelled due to the unorganized nature of the program.
Dr. Rubin will run up your bill significantly if you do not watch him closely. He will add service charges that would never performed. He is a scam-artist at heart. I was told by a family member of his that worked there he was a "hustler" by nature. I was also made aware Dr. Rubin spends most nights at the casino until very late and never gets to into his office until ten the next morning. This led to some of my appointments that I was later charged for. Along with running this program he also is a professional poker player. He made his money to start this program through playing poker.
Warning, do not bring anything valuable or a cell phone or computer that other patients know about. Some kids there are not allowed to have cell phones or computers in their apartments as a restriction. Which means they are constantly trying to come to your apartment and sit on your computer all day, and or using your cell as if it were there own. While I was attending this program one of the participants in the program actually stole another participants car, multiple students repeatedly broke the drug policies and pressured those with lower mental capacity to do so as well. Dr. Rubin also employs multiple family members including his girlfriend on his staff. This is a definent conflict of interest as she does not have a psychology degree and is significantly younger, it is an uneasy situation, as they make obviously sexual references while at work.
Another major problem with this program is there abuse of internet review systems. Look in the filtered reviews on Yelp. I wrote a perfectly legitimate review that was negative. I was contacted immediately by another ex-client of the program, thanking me for my review and saying her review had been censored some days after she posted it also. Then two days later my review was also sensored. They then add obviously fake reviews to the filtered section to improve there star rating. They seem to be more computer savvy than in psychology.
I know personally, from being in contact with other people who were ripped off that law suits are beginning to be pursued. Save yourself some time and money and avoid a florida get rich scam from a poker player. Most of all do not risk your child's life by putting them in an unsupervised setting with people who are con-artist, when your child is most vulnerable.