SOURCE: Aspen Education Group

March 26, 2008 10:06 ET

Aspen Education Group, the Leading Provider of Therapeutic Education Programs for At-Risk Youth, Appoints Karen E. Fitzhugh, Ph.D., to Sr. VP of Eastern Residential Schools and Programs

Dr. Fitzhugh to Oversee Operations at Six Residential Programs and Two Special Needs Summer Camps

CERRITOS, CA--(Marketwire - March 26, 2008) - Cerritos-based Aspen Education Group, the nation's leading provider of therapeutic education programs for struggling youth, has announced the appointment of Dr. Karen Fitzhugh to Senior Vice President of Eastern Residential Schools and Programs. Fitzhugh will be responsible for overseeing operations for the company's six eastern residential programs and two special needs summer camps.

"Aspen Education Group is very pleased to welcome Karen to our executive management team," said Jim Dredge, Aspen's President. "Her considerable experience, tremendous enthusiasm, and passion for serving youth and families in need will contribute greatly to the continued success of our eastern division."

Fitzhugh brings to the position over 25 years of behavioral healthcare experience. Most recently, she served as the head of a co-ed, college-prep emotional growth boarding school in Vermont. Previously, she served in leadership positions at specialty schools and treatment centers in Texas, Florida and California, and had her own consulting firm for ambulatory behavioral healthcare programs nationwide. She is an active board member with the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP). Fitzhugh received her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology/Special Education from the University of California at Riverside.

"I am delighted to join Aspen Education Group/CRC Health," said Fitzhugh. "Aspen is the established industry leader of quality therapeutic education programs, and I look forward to contributing to the quality, integrity and services these programs provide to teens and families in need."

Fitzhugh also has been tasked with assisting Aspen Education Group (a division of CRC Health Group) with public policy and regulatory affairs related to this industry. Dredge adds, "Her extensive experience in this arena will be a tremendous asset, not only to Aspen programs, but to the industry as a whole."

Aspen's Eastern Residential Division includes Bromley Brook School (Vermont), Academy at Swift River (Massachusetts), Cedars Academy (Delaware), Stone Mountain School (North Carolina), New Leaf Academy of North Carolina, EXCEL Academy of Texas, and the summer camp programs of Camp Huntington (New York) and Talisman (North Carolina).

Aspen Education Group is the nation's leading provider of therapeutic education programs for struggling or underachieving young people. Aspen's services range from short-term intervention programs to residential treatment, and include a variety of therapeutic settings such as boarding schools, outdoor behavioral health programs and special needs summer camps, allowing professionals and families the opportunity to choose the best setting to meet a student's unique academic and emotional needs. Aspen is a division of CRC Health Group, the nation's largest chemical dependency and related behavioral health organization. For over two decades, CRC Health has been achieving successful outcomes for individuals and families. For more information, visit or call (888) 972-7736.

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    Kristen Hayes
    Director of Communications
    Aspen Education Group
    (562) 467-5531