We have a Board of Directors and a sub committee of the board that is an Executive Committee. Janet Foner is the Chair of the Board and will be an ongoing consultant to the project. The center director will answer to the Executive Committee.
We will staff expecting that to happen.
Residents and Staff will share the cooking, cleaning, etc. Residents will have three or four co-counseling sessions per day. A minimum of these sessions will be one way attention from staff to the resident. As soon as possible the sessions will be two way co-counseling sessions between residents and staff as well as residents and residents. Staff members will have at least one session a day with another staff member or volunteer. There will be lots of opportunity for residents to get their attention off their emotional work (e.g. exercise, the beach, gardening, art work, music, movies).
Yes, We hope to have doctors come and participate in what we are doing in order to help demonstrate to the medical profession that psychiatric drugs are not helpful
Yes, in addition to paid staff, we hope to have a large number of volunteers and interns who are learning what we do and are an integral part of the center.
We are assured by a local insurance agent who works with many non-profits, that our center is insurable for liability and for "malpractice".
All of the staff will be experienced co-counselors.
We expect to raise most of the money we need to run the center from private donations. We are in the process of raising 3 million dollars for the initial three years of operations. We also plan to apply for grants from foundations. Residents' health insurance is not a viable source of income for the center since insurance payment for "mental health" services is extremely limited and based on drug treatment.
Since our center will not be using diagnoses,under California law, it falls in the same category as rehabilitation facilities and not counseling centers. This means licensure and staffing issues are less complex.
We expect to be open sometime after 2014.