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Re: Press Release - Benchmark Young Adult School Loses Lawsuit
« Reply #30 on: November 16, 2008, 08:45:37 PM »
Well.  Benchmark has published their declarations.
http://www.benchmarkyoungadultschool.co ... -lies.html
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Re: Press Release - Benchmark Young Adult School Loses Lawsuit
« Reply #31 on: November 16, 2008, 08:51:17 PM »
Can't Say i'm particularly surprised they published all their declarations, but I won't be commenting on what they said for the time being.  The only documents I'll produce in response is a second declaration from E. Block explaining a little more about the first as well as one from my father.

http://www.fornits.com/psy/DECLARATION_ ... dacted.pdf
http://www.fornits.com/psy/WHC_SUPP_Decl.pdf
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Re: Press Release - Benchmark Young Adult School Loses Lawsuit
« Reply #32 on: November 17, 2008, 06:29:32 PM »
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I won't be commenting on what they said for the time being.

I will!

It's a bunch of empty shit. Desperate programmies are desperate.
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Re: Press Release - Benchmark Young Adult School Loses Lawsuit
« Reply #33 on: March 22, 2009, 08:47:14 PM »
The school may have cleaned its act up some, but one wonders how much. The "primary counseling staff" are all "certified" by ACSTH, which is linked to Narconon (a known Scientology "brand name"), and which lists its business address as being in the same building as the L. Ron Hubbard Library on Hollywood Boulevard.

Private agency (as opposed to government agency) certification is typical in the substance abuse field. The better-regarded CAADAC certification is given by a private agency, after a two-year course at a public junior college. But as is the case with the ACSTH "life counselor" certification (following a much less rigorous course of study than for the CAADAC), it is recognized by the state of California.

Benchmark operates under state Dept. of Consumer Affairs licensure as a "California Sober Living Program." The CSLP is, in my direct experience, very poorly monitored by the CDCA, which really doesn't monitor so much as it responds to inquiries, investigations and consumer complaints. CSLP is actually fairly typical of mental health oversight in general: it's not proactive.

All that said, Benchmark is no worse in my indirect experience than are many of the residential mental health facilities in this region, and actually quite a bit better than a number of them. Sigh.
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Re: Press Release - Benchmark Young Adult School Loses Lawsuit
« Reply #34 on: March 23, 2009, 06:30:33 AM »
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The school may have cleaned its act up some, but one wonders how much. The "primary counseling staff" are all "certified" by ACSTH

You have a source for that?  I think  You're misreading their website where they say "They have been credited with 30 hours of Approved Coach Specific Training Hours (ACSTH) as recognized by the International Coach Federation (ICF)."  All I see is that they're certified to have supposedly taken 30 hours of training by the ICF (according to Benchmark), though I can find none of their staff on a search on the ICF website (apparently they didn't earn any credentials).

See for yourself

Type these names:
http://www.benchmarkyoungadultschool.co ... elors.html (lol.. note the url)

in here:
http://www.coachfederation.org/find-a-c ... directory/

It's a program.  Make sure you double check their claims *all the time*.  Where they're not outright full of shit, they're misleading you.

Here was their press release on the subject:
http://www.strugglingteens.com/artman/p ... 1008.shtml

You don't think that's just a tiny bit misleading?
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Re: Press Release - Benchmark Young Adult School Loses Lawsuit
« Reply #35 on: March 23, 2009, 06:36:23 AM »
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Benchmark operates under state Dept. of Consumer Affairs licensure as a "California Sober Living Program."

Sober living is an exception to licensing, not licensing in itself.  It's also a bullshit exception for Benchmark since a sober living house is specified under Cali law to be *democratic* (members vote on stuff), have no staff in authority, and to not force anybody to do anything.  Benchmark has been dodging licensing for quite some time now, and I've kept good tabs on how.

Read this handy govt pamphlet on that specifying explicitly that sober living is not a license, that sober living houses are not eligible for licensing. And the definition of what a sober living house is:

http://www.adp.ca.gov/factsheets/alcoho ... ousing.pdf

Benchmark currently is not a licensed or accredited program.  Benchmark also does not employ any licensed counselors (whom they call coaches). (except maybe Michael V (I have not yet checked on that)).  Benchmark also does not employ the therapists they list on their website.  To the best of my knowledge, they operate on a consulting basis and are paid directly by the parents (they are not in the direct employ of Benchmark).

Even Straight.. Even AARc... has it's "pet" doctors.
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Re: Press Release - Benchmark Young Adult School Loses Lawsuit
« Reply #36 on: July 05, 2009, 04:58:14 PM »
Hi im a former "student of Benchmark school" the place destoryed my life
is there any way i can get in contact with Mike Crawford we were friends wile at the place
Thanks
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