12-step “Doctor” Pleads Not Guilty

David Scratchley, the 12-step psychologist guy in charge of Seattle’s Matt Talbot Center’s addiction treatment program, put in a not guilty plea in court today.

Drug counselor pleads not guilty to attempted child rape

  • Swamibedpan

    Of course he’s not guilty, his disease did it.

  • Sally

    Who is “the woman” that called police and had discussions with scratchme about a sexual fantasy?

  • AnnaZed

    This is a sobering quote from that link:

    “… Police said Scratchley met the 10-year-old boy through his mother while she was somehow connected with the program.”

    Somehow connected of course means utilizing the Women’s Clinical Treatment Program at the Matt Talbot New Hope Recovery Center while she was probably vulnerable, detoxing, confused, frightened, and not receiving any care at all from a medical professional. What a great opportunity for a sexual predator to move in on her child. As a homeless person she would have a myriad of problems to deal with and be statistically likely to have mental health issues as well.

    Here’s what that program entails (from the Center’s site):

    Women who have been addicted and homeless are amongst our most vulnerable members of any community. Most addicted, homeless women are survivors of trauma due to physical and, or, sexual abuse. Most addicted, homeless women will suffer physical and sexual assault while on the streets. It is this population that the Matt Talbot Center’s Women’s Clinical Treatment Program is designed to assist. Our staff is specifically trained to provide care to women whose histories have included trauma in addition to addiction. Treatment is provided in three phases, each lasting four months. Phase I is an intensive, outpatient program, Phase II is the equivalent of traditional outpatient care. Phase III is the equivalent of traditional aftercare with weekly meetings and an emphasis on re-entry into the community.

    That is to say, four months of monitored AA attendance that the donors to the Center paid this pseudo doctor thousands of dollars for. Really it’s a miracle that she only ran into one child sexual predator during that time. I wonder if Scratchley involved himself in efforts for her to have visitation, regain or retain custody of her child? (custody is usually not granted to homeless substance abusing mothers).

  • I find the level of deceit of the qualifications of David Scratchley in charge of Seattle’s Matt Talbot Center extremely disturbing. Scratchley claims to be very learned and it would appear that he was also able to prescribe medicine from this accounting of his qualifications:

    “Dr. David Scratchley holds a Ph.D. in neuroscience and psychology, including post-doctoral training in clinical psychology, where his area of expertise is in the filed of psychopharmacology. Dr. Scratchley serves as the Clinical Director of the Matt Talbot Center in Seattle Washington which provides drug and alcohol services and mental health care to severely drug addicted and mentally ill individuals transitioning from homelessness. Dr. Scratchley previous positions have included appointments as the Clinical Director of Lakeside-Milam Recovery Centers, the largest drug and alcohol treatment provider in Washington State, Director of Operations at Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center’s cystic fibrosis clinical trial unit, and Clinical Director of the Seattle Children’s Home, a child psychiatric facility. Additionally, he served as a faculty member at Seattle University from 1988-2002 in the departments of psychology and addiction studies as well as serving as the spokesman for a nationally recognized educational video series, including a new video on how children can cope with bullies called “Gum in my Hair.”

    In 2003, Dr. Scratchley received the prestigious John Horngren award for excellence in treatment in Washington State presented by the adolescent chemical dependency treatment providers. He was highly honored, in 2002, to be recognized by the Chief Justice of the Washington State Supreme Court for his expertise in addiction and excellence in education for training provided the court on drug and alcohol addiction and the brain. Dr. Scratchley was recognized as the educator of the year in 1995 in the field of addiction studies for Washington State. Dr. Scratchley is the co-author of a widely used textbook on addiction, Alcoholism and Other Drug Problems, which has been referenced as a definitive source on issues of alcoholism and addiction. He is a well-known expert witness called to in courts throughout the Northwest to research and present on the role played of addictive drugs in the commission of violent crimes. Additionally, Dr. Scratchley has presented as a guest lecturer at the Washington State Law Enforcement Academy “Drug Recognition Expert” program, as well as invitations to speak at the University of Washington Medical Center Inpatient Psychiatric Unit and the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction and Departments of Social and Health Services for Washington State.”

    http://davidscratchley.hubpages.com/

    ARE ALL OF THE ABOVE QUALIFICATIONS FAKE?

  • humanspirit

    JR – This impressive list of qualifications and accolades is indeed mystifying when what the article says is:

    “Scratchley claimed to be a psychologist, but the Department of Health said that was untrue. State law prohibits people from calling themselves psychologists unless they’ve obtained such a credential from the Department of Health. The only state health license Scratchley holds is as a certified chemical dependency professional trainee, issued in 2009.”

  • I would like to know what college David Scratchley supposedly got his Ph.D from, where did he get his bachelors degree from? I have never been to a doctors office where the sheep skin was not prominently displayed somewhere on the wall. When looking at resumes they usually have the name of the college where the degree came from. Who interviewed him and gave him a job? Did Scratchley prescribe medication?

  • Looking at the licensing requirement of the Washington State Department of Health here is what it takes to get these licenses:

    Chemical Dependency Professional (Chapter 18.205 RCW, 246-811 WAC)
    Credentialing Requirements:
    An associate’s degree in human services or related field or successful completion of 90 quarter or 60 semester college credits in courses from a approved school.
    Verification Documents Obtained:
    Official transcript with degree and date posted, received directly from applicant’s program. Transcripts not in English must have an official translation and educational
    evaluation.
    Credentialing Requirements:
    Two thousand five hundred hours of documented supervision and experience with an associate degree. Two thousand hours of documented supervision and experience
    with a baccalaureate degree. One thousand five hundred hours of documented
    supervision and experience with a master or doctoral degree. One thousand
    hours of experience for ARNP’s, licensed marriage and family therapists, licensed
    mental health counselors, licensed social workers, or licensed psychologists. The
    department will only accept experience that has been completed within seven
    years of the application date.
    Verification Documents Obtained:
    Verification form completed by the supervisor. Supervisor must also make a statement as to his/her qualifications.
    Credentialing Requirements:
    State licensure verification.
    Verification Documents Obtained:
    Applicant lists all states where credentials are or were
    held, including where applicant has applied but a credential was not granted. A verification form must be completed and submitted by the jurisdiction where the applicant is or was credentialed. Applicant sends form to jurisdiction for completion. The jurisdiction sends completed form directly to the department.

    OF COURSE THIS IS THE LICENSE SCRATCHLEY ACTUALLY HAD:

    Chemical Dependency Professional Trainee (Chapter 18.205 RCW, 246-811 WAC)
    Credentialing Requirements:
    Declaration that they are in enrolled in an approved school and gaining the experience required to receive a chemical dependency professional certification.
    Verification Documents Obtained:
    Signed declaration included on the application form.
    Credentialing Requirements:
    State licensure verification.
    Verification Documents Obtained:
    Applicant lists all states where credentials are or were
    held, including where applicant has applied but a credential was not granted. A verification form must be completed and submitted by the jurisdiction where the applicant is or was credentialed. Applicant sends form to jurisdiction for completion. The jurisdiction sends completed form directly to the department.
    Credentialing Requirements:
    Statement about:
    • physical and mental health status
    • lack of impairment due to chemical dependency/substance abuse
    • history of loss of license, certification or registration
    • felony convictions
    • loss or limitations of privileges
    • disciplinary actions
    • professional liability claims history
    Verification Documents Obtained:
    Applicant must answer personal data questions. An appropriate
    explanation and required documentation must be
    sent with positive answers. If there is a positive answer to the professional liability claims history question, the applicant must send an explanation of the nature of the case, data and summary of care given, copies of the original complaint, and the settlement or final disposition. If pending, applicant must indicate status.

    Source: http://www.doh.wa.gov/hsqa/professions/publications/documents/credreqs.pdf

    THIS IS UNBELIEVABLE – David Scratchley had a license that was in default (it has to be renewed every year) and as a trainee all as he had to do is say that he had the qualifications with no documentation?

  • DeConstructor

    I really hope Court TV picks up this trial. This must be causing most of the recovery industry to feel they have to go to a meeting.

  • saddened

    If Dr. Scratchley did this crime, I am very sorry for the child and anyone else involved including the dedicated professionals who work with this population everyday for very poor wages. I can say that Dr. Scratchley was my professior at Seattle University and probably one fo the best Profs’ I have ever had in my college career. He was a dedicated professional and excellent educator. If this is true, I am deeply dissapointed and saddened for the entire helping professions community. If he did this, he must pay the penalty for the horrid actions he is accused of regardless his past contribtions to the field and the community.