This is the History of and Reporting Guide for Coastal Harbor Treatment Center in Savannah, GA

(a.k.a. Coastal Harbor Behavioral Health, UHS, Universal Health Services,)


On this page you will find incomplete staff and complaint histories with sources cited (i.e. Progress Report), the general advisory against segregated congregate care with sources cited, and a reporting guide for those unlawfully harmed or firsthand witnesses to unlawful harm by or at this location to report violations of the law to the proper authorities/law enforcement.  The staff list itself will not be updated with additional names out of a sense of fairness where those providing the names ask for anonymity or confidentiality.  And, this program will remain eligible for merciful release if all criteria are met and no guest sermon is provided by a qualifying sponsor by that time.  In the meantime, it can graduate the COPE Conversion Program by meeting the Honesty In Marketing Standards (HIMS) or permanently close to be removed from the watch-list/released from the COPE Conversion Program.  If permanently closed prior to graduation or merciful release, it will be buried in the virtual graveyard




Additional Information
(Dr.) Ray Heckerman CEO/ Before coming to Coastal Harbor, he was Vice President of Sunshine Youth Services in Florida, Vice President of Operations at Magellan Health Services and CEO of Charter Behavioral Health System in Jacksonville, Florida.  Ray worked with the state of Florida as a teacher and later "provided oversight" of the state’s mental health services for children.  Heckerman is not a licensed mental health professional in GA.  Source:   Heckerman is not a licensed medical professional in GA.  Source:
(Dr.) Edward Merves Medical Director His professional experiences include holding the title of Director of the Children's Unit for Charter Psychiatric Hospital in Augusta, Georgia, Chief of the Child Psychiatry Service at Fort Stewart, Georgia...  Merves is not a licensed mental health professional in GA.  Source:   Merves is a licensed medical doctor and has been since 1971.  Physician's Name: Edward Merves   License 31476  Source:
(Dr.) Chrissie Clure Attending Physician Clure is not a licensed mental health professional in GA.  Source:   Clure is a licensed medical doctor and has been since 2000.  Source:
(Dr.) Manoj K. Dass Attending Physician Manoj K. Dass received his M.D. from the Institute of Medicine in Mandalay, Burma with a specialty in psychiatry.  He worked as Psychiatric Consultant for Gateway Mental Health Clinic and as the Medical Director of Admissions at Georgia Regional Hospital in Savannah.  Dass is not a licensed mental health professional in GA.  Source:   Dass is a licensed medical doctor and has been since 1981.  Source:
(Dr.) Arnold Negrin Psychiatrist He received his M.D. from Universidad Central Del Este in the Dominican Republic in 1984.   Dr. Negrin has served as a Consulting Psychiatrist for the Georgia State Prison and the Claxton Detention Center in Claxton, Georgia and was also the Psychiatric Director as well as Medical Director for Charter of Savannah. Negrin is not a licensed mental health professional in GA.  Source:  Negrin is a licensed medical doctor and has been since 1989.  Source:
(Dr.) Khoa Vo Psychiatrist Vo is not a licensed mental health professional in GA.  Source:  Vo is a licensed medical doctor and has been since 2005.  Source:
Deena Schwabe Admissions Schwabe is not a licensed mental health professional in GA.  Source: 
David Melear Former COO Melear was also the CEO of Provo Canyon School in 2007.  Melear is not a licensed mental health professional in GA.  Source:  Melear is not a licensed medical professional in GA.  Source: 
(Dr.) Reemon Bishara Staff Bishara is not a licensed mental health professional in GA.  Source:   Bishara is a licensed medical doctor and has been since 2009.  Source:
(Dr.) David Dobson Staff Dobson is not a licensed mental health professional in GA.  Source:   There is a David L. Dobson (appears to be a different person as Coastal Harbor is not listed at current or former places of practice) that is a licensed medical doctor in GA and has been since 2005.  Source: 
Lori Wheeless Buchanan Group Leader She is a licensed professional counselor in GA.  Source:
Article: Violations and Problems at UHS, Inc. Owned Facilities
HEAL found no record of Coastal Harbor Treatment Center, Coastal Harbor Behavioral Health, nor Universal Health Services to hold any business licenses in Georgia.  This is a serious red flag.  Source:

Licensee Information

Name: Universal Health Services, Inc. Owner:

Primary Source License Information

Lic #: SCCORD003612 Profession: Securities Type: Coordination
Status: Registration Terminated Issued: Expires: 2/9/1984
Last Renewal Date:
Method: Application From State/Prov:

This information is current as of JUN 03, 2014 . However, unanticipated delays in updates, new data fields being incomplete, lack of notification by the facility, or inadvertent omissions may affect the timeliness of the data.


Map   Driving Directions

Basic Information:
1150 Cornell Avenue

Savannah, GA 31406-

Chatham County

Telephone: 9123543911, FAX: 9123551336

Mailing Address:
1150 Cornell Avenue


Savannah , GA 31406-

Additional Information:
Accreditation Status: Unknown

Administrator: Mr. RAYMOND HECKERMAN



Map   Driving Directions

Basic Information:
Telephone: 9123543911 FAX:

Mailing Address:
Additional Information:
Accreditation Status: Unknown
Administrator: Mr. RAYMOND HECKERMAN
Services Provided
Emergency Shelter Adoption
Foster Care Title VI
Independent Living  
Licensed Capacity:

Inspection Summary Report
If you click on either the "PDF" or "HTML" format under "View Report?, " the screen will display a detailed description of the survey inspection report for the rule violations, if any, that were identified when licensing staff conducted either a regular on-site survey, an investigation or a follow- up inspection on that date. When viewing the details of the inspection report, you can obtain additional information about what the report means by clicking on "More Information" which appears at the bottom of each page of the report.

Dates of Inspection
Type of Inspection
Violation Found?
Initiated by Facility?
View Report?
Annual Inspection

(Special Note:  Documents linked under "View Report" Above have been saved by HEAL.  If links no longer work, please e-mail us for the information.


1/27/21: Conversion Program Progress Report: Coastal Harbor Treatment Center

In Georgia, the criminal statutes of limitation are 2 years on misdemeanors, 4 years on most felonies, and no statute of limitations on more serious felonies including rape, murder and kidnapping.  For civil suits in Georgia, the statute of limitations is 2 years.  Here are your options:
1.  Report crimes such as fraud, assault, battery, false imprisonment, labor trafficking, and child abuse to law enforcement in Georgia.  You can call the Savannah Police at (912) 651-6931   to inquire about filing an official complaint which may provide the probable cause needed to get a warrant for investigation and/or prosecution. 
2.  File a consumer complaint with your home state's attorney general against Coastal Harbor Treatment Center and include your request for compensation for any harm done to you.  If your home state is Georgia or you'd like to file with the Georiga State Attorney General as a non-resident, here is that link: 
3.  If you do not wish to file a consumer complaint, you can contact a private personal injury attorney and look into suing in tort/civil court.  However, if you can't afford the retainer, you should expect to settle out of court with a non-disclosure agreement which may bar you from speaking publicly about the incident because you've agreed (even if with a grumbling assent) to the terms of the settlement. 
4.  You may send a new e-mail to with subject "Post My Feedback" and we will post your feedback (e-mail printed to .pdf disclosing your name and e-mail address and any information in your e-mail with that subject) to  and add a direct link to those .pdf files to this page . 

 5. You may also wish to provide a guest sermon.  Guest sermons are posted at , under Progress Reports/Guest Sermons at where appropriate, and on program info pages when applicable.  So, one provided by you on your program would also be placed on this page .  Guest sermons should be written into the body of an e-mail and sent to . Your first and last name will be disclosed (contact info will not be unless you expressly request disclosure).  For sermons available on our site see  (and sermon archives linked on that page).  If you have questions about this option, please contact Please see  to get an idea what your sermon may be worth.


All segregated congregate care providers, including those on our watch-list, are welcome to contact us to correct any information or provide additional data that may assist with delivering the whole truth to the public.  The HEAL Mission of COPE (HEAL) found in many cases where this offer has been abused or resulted in revealing additional basis for our concerns. For some examples see feedback.  Now, we are willing to look at the facts and may have questions or require documentation backing up any claims.  We do verify licensing, academic backgrounds, and other qualifications when investigating and researching programs on our watch-lis/enrolled in the Conversion Program to assist consumers seeking additional information on such programs or victims requiring assistance with getting corroborating evidence of their claims.  We do that in order to make sure the information we provide is accurate and verified and cite our sources.  In the event any information we've posted is in error, we're happy to make a correction. 

HEAL does not support segregated congregate care for many reasons which include that many such facilities are abusive, exploitative, fraudulent, and lack effective oversight often as a result of fraudulent misrepresentation coupled with the ignorance of those seeking to enroll loved ones in such facilities, programs, schools, or centers without a valid court order and involuntarily.  In the United States such involuntary placements done without a court order are apparently illegal as they either violate the Americans with Disabilities Act community integration requirement or due process rights of those involuntarily placed.  Now, in regards to parents, in the United States parents have the right to waive their own rights, but, not the rights of their minor children.  See for more information.  Now, most facilities on our watch list include waivers, indemnity clauses, and sworn statements legal guardians must sign assuring the program that the parents/legal guardians have the right to make the placement involuntarily and without due process in a segregated congregate care environment, however, California and federal prosecutors as well as settled law appears to suggest that is not the case.  In fact, in the David Taylor case found at , Taylor sued Provo Canyon School and his mother as co-defendants.  His mother was found liable for 75% of the damages awarded to Taylor as a result of multiple complaints including false imprisonment, while the program was found only 25% liable because the mother owed a duty of due diligence to investigate anyone to which she would entrust care of her child and she failed to do so. 

Now, HEAL opposes segregated congregate care and we find most placements are happening illegally in the USA which if the youth understood their rights would result in unfortunate outcomes for the parents, particularly when they don't exercise good judgment and support the fraud and abuse rather than their own children when they need remedy and justice.  And, HEAL supports all victims of fraud and abuse in seeking remedies at law for any crimes or torts committed against them.  And, that's true whether or not the program or victims are in the USA. 

HEAL has a 5 point argument against segregated congregate care we'd like you to consider:

a.  Segregated care is unconstitutional and a civil rights violation.  It is only permissible if a person is unable to survive independent of an institutional environment.  For more on this, watch the HEAL Report at  Or, see:  which includes in part:    "United States v. Florida – 1:12-cv-60460 – (S.D. Fla.) – On April 7, 2016, the United States filed an Opposition to the State of Florida’s Motion for Partial Summary Judgment.  In the Motion, the State had asked the Court to rule, on a variety of grounds, that the United States could not recover damages for unnecessarily institutionalized children to whom the State had been deliberately indifferent."

b.  Institutionalization is always dehumanizing and coercive.  Institutionalization always harms the institutionalized and deprives them of protected civil rights.  Dr. David Straker, Psychiatry Professor at Columbia University's School of Medicine (Ivy League) explains this in detail at  "Many institutions, from prisons to monasteries to asylums, deliberately want to control and manage their inmates such that they conform and do not cause problems. Even in less harsh environments, many of the institutionalization methods may be found, albeit in more moderated form (although the psychological effect can be equally devastating)."  (See website linked in this paragraph for more info.)

c.  Institutionalization is not in the best interest of children.  Institutions are not ever better for a child than living with a loving family.  Source:       

d.  Reform schools, residential treatment programs, and other segregated congregate care settings have been shown to be ineffective and harmful.  Best source on this currently is:

e. Boarding Schools, even the "good ones", result in a form of social death, isolation, and cause both anxiety and depression.  Therefore, it is clearly not in the best interest of the youth subjected to those environments.  Sources: and

Beyond the above arguments against segregated congregate care, we have reports from the NIH, Surgeon General, Yale University Studies, and much more showing the methodologies of behavior modification are damaging, harmful, and ineffective.  You can request these documents via e-mail.  In addition, for such programs offering academic services or claiming to offer diplomas, certifications, or the like, it is important to check to see if it is a diploma mill with no accredited academic services.  Please see article: "Avoiding Scams: What You Need To Know"  for important information on how to avoid education/training scams.

If you'd like to see what HEAL suggests rather than segregated congregate care (i.e. committing a crime or tort against your child if done against their will without a court order), please see articles: "Fix Your Family, Help Your Teen" and "Emancipation Guide".



 Last Updated: February 24th, 2023

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