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.
David Scratchley, the 12-step
“He was part of it, but he was not it.”
– Greg Alex. Director of the New Hope Recovery Center. Referring to the recent outing of
Dr.David Scratchley, as a fraud.
“…Supervised by Dr. David Scratchley, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist and renowned Addictionologist, our recovery and relapse prevention program addresses the physiology, psychology, and sociology of addiction.”
– From the New Hope Recovery Center website. This line has since been changed to “…Founded by Executive Director Gregory K. Alex, M.A., C.D.C.
This is a nice spin Mr. Alex is putting on this situation. Rigorous honesty™ allows for “supervised” to be changed to “part of.” Let’s apply the same logic to other things:
- – L. Ron Hubbard was part of Scientology, but he was not it.
- – David Koresh was a member of the Branch Davidians, but he wasn’t the whole group.
- – Bernie Madoff was part Madoff Securities, but he wasn’t the whole company.
- – Jim Bakker was part of the PTL club, but he was not the only employee.
The fact of the matter is that Greg Alex handed the keys to the store to someone with no credentials, and he did not perform a proper background check. He also has a no drug test policy for his employees, which is astounding, considering the fact that recovering™ drug addicts permeate this industry (and would have come in handy in this situation, as it seems
Doctor Mr. Scratchley was, along with being a likely pedophile, was also a crack smoker).
Alex is quoted as saying, “the program goes on.” What does that mean? Does it go on as it did before, without proper background checks and drug screening of employees? Are they going to review the backgrounds of their current employees, and subject them to drug screening? What is Greg Alex’ background? Is the Matt Talbot Center going to operate with any transparency going forward, or are they going to continue as they are now, by minimizing the impact Scratchley had on their operation, and going about business as usual? Who is going to hold himself or herself accountable for hiring this asshat?
These are legitimate questions for an operation that has shown itself to be inept, enjoys tax exempt status, receives public funding and solicits for donations under the guise that they are a “Christian” (and therefor moral and ethical) organization. People with something to hide, hide. Greg Alex needs to come out of his troll hole and operate with at least some modicum of integrity.
In a follow-up to the story about David Scratchley, the 12-step doctor who was arrested Friday for attempted rape of a child, some new details have arisen. First, and not surprisingly, there is evidence that he may have victimized other children. Also, it seems the good doctor may not be a doctor after all:
“Prosecutors also say there’s evidence Scratchley may have victimized other children. And while Scratchley refers to himself as “doctor” the only state license we could find for him is as a “chemical dependency professional trainee”.
This guy is the Clinical Director of the Matt Talbot Center. The obvious question is: what kind of background checks and due diligence does the Matt Talbot Center use in hiring its employees? If this guy is the director, who is facilitating the actual operations of this place? What qualifications do they have? Gregory Alex, the Executive Director of the center said that he was surprised because they saw no indication of this behavior. Had he done an actual background check, starting with whether or not this guy is actually a psychologist in the first place, he may have caught a clue as to this guy’s integrity.
One thing we did learn from the article is, this center does not drug test its employees. What kind of sense does this make for an organization that treats people with drug problems? Knowing the rate of recidivism for those with chemical dependency problems, and knowing the staggeringly high percentage of drug counselors who fell into the profession because of their own addictive behaviors, it seems obvious to anyone with half a brain that drug testing of employees should be part of normal course of business.
Because I wasn’t born yesterday, I’m certain more interesting information will come out on this story. I’m also certain that the incompetents running the show at the Matt Talbot Center will do what they can to cover their asses, and will keep their explanation of this little problem within the confines of rigorous honesty™.
A psychologist in Seattle who directs a 12-step rehab centre, and co-wrote this book advocating AA and the 12-step approach to treatment for alcohol addiction, has been arrested on charges of attempted rape of a child:
David Scratchley, director of a Christian-based substance-abuse recovery center in Belltown, was booked into the jail early Friday.
He refused to attend his first court hearing on Saturday afternoon, where King County District Court Judge Arthur Chapman found probable cause to hold him on investigation of attempted rape of a child in the first degree and communicating with a minor for immoral purposes. Scratchley was ordered held without bail; he is scheduled to return to court Wednesday.
Dan Donohoe, spokesman for the King County Prosecutor’s Office, said Sunday that a charging decision will be made by Wednesday.
A law-enforcement source close to the investigation said Scratchley had attempted suicide and is being held in the section of the jail for mentally ill inmates.
Scratchley, 52, is suspected of attempting to rape a 10-year-old boy, according to police. Scratchley directs the Matt Talbot New Hope Recovery Center and used to be clinical director at Seattle Children’s Home, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the mental-health needs of children and their families.
Police were called to Scratchley’s home at 3:30 p.m. Thursday after a woman told officers he invited her over “so they could both sexually assault a child,” Seattle police Sgt. Sean Whitcomb said. Officers immediately responded to Scratchley’s apartment building and found the boy.