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Meet Timberline Knolls

Ke$ha has now been joined in rehab by her moms at Timberline Knolls, forever giving the treatment center in Lemont a boost in its Google search rankings.

Timberline Knolls is serious business, though. Let's take a look.


"Timberline Knolls - one of the leading residential treatment centers in the U.S. - helps women struggling with:

  • Eating disorders
  • Alcoholism
  • Co-occurring disorders
  • Drug addiction
  • Mood disorders
  • Trauma & PTSD

See also: The Timberline Knolls YouTube channel.



Timberline Knolls Saved My Life.


Timberline Knolls (Depression, Anxiety, Self-Harm, Anorexia and Substance Abuse.)


Demi Lovato Timberline Knolls Speech: This Place Will Change Your Life.



"A 112-bed residential treatment center for young women is slated to open on the site of a long-shuttered psychiatric hospital in Lemont," the Daily Southtown reported in 2005 in "New Facility Targets Young Women With Drug Addiction, Eating Disorders, Depression."

"Timberline Knolls will occupy the 43 acres where the Rock Creek Center operated before closing in 2002 amid financial problems and allegations of fraud."


"Early next year, troubled teenage girls, most likely from wealthy families, will populate the ghost-town estate of early Lemont settler and land speculator Nathaniel Brown," the Daily Southtown also reported in 2005, stating in "Affluent And Afflicted" that "Timberline Knolls expects to treat girls from the 'top 5 percent' of the socioeconomic ladder."


"Two men linked by federal prosecutors to one of the most notorious health care scams in recent local history are back in business as part owners and directors of a treatment center with a new client base: teenage girls and women suffering from eating disorders and other serious emotional problems," the Tribune reported in 2010.

"Prosecutors said in court filings that the influential business partners, psychiatrist Jay Reibel and Washington attorney Roger Barth, approved bribes, fueling a massive patient-brokering scheme that harmed vulnerable and disabled nursing home residents and reportedly cost Medicare millions of dollars. There were four convictions in the case, although Reibel and Barth were not charged with any crime and strongly deny wrongdoing.

"Four years after their psychiatric hospital, Rock Creek, closed amid scandal in 2002, Barth and Reibel refurbished the same wooded Lemont property and reopened as Timberline Knolls, a $995-a-day treatment facility for troubled girls and women from across the country.

"The new center has been credited with saving lives but has faced a handful of patient complaints to the Illinois state attorney general about its medical and financial practices. The facility also posted treatment success claims that medical experts called misleading - but withdrew those claims from its Web site after the Tribune raised questions. Timberline Knolls eventually provided figures showing that it shares the significant failure rate typical of these types of facilities."


"Two men linked by federal prosecutors to a large-scale health care scam have resigned as directors of a Lemont mental health center following a Tribune article that detailed government allegations against them," the paper reported two days later.

"In a three-page letter announcing their resignations from the Timberline Knolls center for women with eating disorders and other serious emotional problems, the men strongly denied prosecutors' court assertions that they once had approved bribes to fuel a massive patient-brokering scheme at a psychiatric hospital they ran."


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Posted on January 14, 2014

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