Shannon Grove welcomes Paris Hilton as supporter of youth treatment bill

The Hilton heiress supports Grove’s efforts to increase transparency in the state’s youth treatment facilities.

Paris Hilton joined Sen. Shannon Grove (R–Bakersfield) in Sacramento on Monday to advocate for children and young adults who live in state treatment facilities. 

Hilton’s nonprofit 11:11 Media Impact has sponsored Grove’s Senate Bill 1043. 


The big picture: SB 1043 would require transparency in state facilities licensed by the California Department of Social Services. 

  • All information related to the use of restraints and seclusion rooms would be made public under SB 1043. 
  • Grove introduced the bill alongside Sen. Angelique Ashby (D–Sacramento) and Sen. Aisha Wahab (D–Hayward). 

The backstory: California had historically sent children to out-of-state facilities to receive treatment, but numerous reports revealed abuse, leading to the Legislature to pass Assembly Bill 808 in 2021. 

  • AB 808 stopped sending foster youth to out-of-state facilities and also created the Child’s Continuum Pilot Program to develop care for foster youth. 
  • While Short Term Residential Therapeutic Programs serve as an alternative for out-of-state treatment facilities, they do not publicly report when seclusion rooms and restraints are used. 

What they’re saying: “I know firsthand the horrors that happened behind the closed doors of youth residential treatment facilities,” Hilton said at a press conference on Monday. “In troubled teen industry facilities in California, Utah and Montana, I was subjected to abuse disguised as therapy, isolated from the outside world and denied even the most basic rights.”

  • Grove added, “Knowing what these children have been through, we must increase transparency.” 
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