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Cody Bates, Criminon Victim (was Re: Narconon Deaths)
« on: December 21, 2010, 22:23 »
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'STUDENT' COMMITS SUICIDE DURING CRIMINON DRUG REHAB DETOX

CODY BATES hanged himself at the San Francisco SBDC New Life Center Criminon facility on August 27, 2007. He'd been admitted to the facility on August 24th and began detox the next day. During the first day of detox, he had been administered medication with known side effects that included suicidal ideation to help facilitate the detox. Cody's mother thought he was under medical care and asked SBDC New LIfe Staff to provide 24 hr suicide watch of Cody because of statements he made to staff indicating he might commit suicide. The staff promised to keep a watchful eye but did not follow through and Cody was found on the 27th to have committed suicide. Apparently there was no medical personnel at the facility either.

Here is legal complaint filed by the victim's mother. I hope she sues the hell out of them:

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_FdNd4J3qxoM/SHaITQ4PAKI/AAAAAAAAAEQ/do6dQuXcuaE/s1600-h/SBDC_Complaint_amended_Final_pg4.jpg

Cody's parents ( the father joining in soon after the mother filed) sued for for negligence and wrongful death among othere things, and rightfully so. Her lawyer has been informed of the fact that the facility is not licensed by CA ADP despite the Association for Better Living and Education (ABLE) press release about this place ( one of 5 or so 'facilities' operated in Single Room Occupancy Hotels in the City of San Francisco.)

The case was settled in arbitration. It was a nightmare for the family but this is what Scientology and it's front groups like SBDC New Life Center SF do to discourage lawsuits. Shame on them for this.

Over at the Suppressive Person Defense League I found a story about this front group scam from scientology's front group coordinator called ABLE:

"The center has also been granted their license as a drug and alcohol recovery center by the California State Department of Drug and Alcohol. It now operates at an average of 50 students on the program at a time, and the center is still expanding — now having control of over 200 beds throughout 4 hotels in the area." http://www.able.org/news/

Here is their current website: http://www.newlifecentersf.org
Director and scientologist Richard Prescott owns http://SOMANEWLIFECENTER.Org

This is CLEARLY a Scientology program, incorporating the NarCONon drug rehab with the Criminon ' LIfe Skills.

Not surprisingly, neither San Francisco New Life Center, SOCIAL BETTERMENT DEVELOPMENT COMPANY or SBDC New Life are licensed by the California Alcohol and Drug Program, despite promoting that they are via the Facility locator at the federal governemnt site SAMHSA

Global Locator - ABLE International
San Francisco New Life Center...E-mail: info@somanewlifecenter.org. Criminon
www.able.org/contact/global-locator/?groups=criminon

Global Locator - Criminon Groups Around the World
...San Francisco New Life Center..info@somanewlifecenter.org
www.criminon.org/contact/global-locator.php

Richard Prescott is the main culprit in running this large scale detox program without a license. He also reported falsely to the federal facility locator site that it was licensed by ADP. He's currently being sued along with SBDC and related parties. May Cody Bates rest in peace.

BEWARE OF "NEW LIFE CENTER"
Social Betterment Development Company ( legal name). Clear Mind Services, SOMA New Life, SBDC New Life Center, and New Life Center of San Francisco

Social Betterment Development Company

Contracts to SOCIAL BETTERMENT DEVELOPMENT Veterans Administration
(FY 2000-2007) ( contains all identifiers)

Best Vendor Name SOCIAL BETTERMENT DEVELOPMENT
Best Vendor Name Type Vendor Name
Vendor Enabled f
Vendor Location Disable Flag f
Vendor Address Line 1 290 7TH ST
Vendor Address City SAN FRANCISCO
Vendor Address State CA: California
Vendor Zip Code 941034003

http://www.usaspending.gov/fpds/fpds.php?psc_cat=G&fiscal_year=2007&parent_id=202412&sortby=u&datype=T&reptype=r&database=fpds&detail=4&submit=GO

2006
http://www.fedspending.org/fpds/fpds.php?fiscal_year=&parent_id=260906&sortby=u&datype=T&reptype=r&database=fpds&detail=4&submit=GO


SBDC New Life Center registered with SAMHSA:

Facility No. Name Address Phone Distance Maps
1 SBDC New Life Center
1080 Folsom Street
San Francisco, CA 94103 (415) 255-7434 0.00 miles Map It!
Primary Focus: Substance abuse treatment services
Services Provided: Substance abuse treatment, Halfway house
Type of Care: Residential long-term treatment (more than 30 days)
Forms of Payment Accepted: Self payment, Private health insurance

Intakes: (877) 300-7044x1 (415) 255-7434x1
Website: http://www.newlifecentersf.org
http://dasis3.samhsa.gov/PrxResults.aspx?&GAD2=1080+Folsom+St&GAD3=San+Francisco%2c+CA+94103-4022&GCITY=San+Francisco&GSTATE=CA&GZIP=94103-4022&GAD4=USA&DSN=MapPoint.NA&LOC=37.777095%3a-122.407427&IC=37.777095%3a-122.407427%3a32%3a1080+Folsom+St&NR=10&DBR=1&FC=&FCT=And&island=&AD2=1080+Folsom+St&CITY=San+Francisco&STATE=California&ZIP=&c2=&c3=&c4=&c5=&c6=&c7=&detail=1

Clear Mind Services

WEBSITES:

NEW LIFE CENTER San Francisco
www.newlifecentersf.com

San Francisco New Life Center

( ABLE shows email site which is not up but is registered: somanewlifecenter.org)

San Francisco New Life Center
1082 Folsom Street
San Francisco, CA 94103 USA
Phone: (415) 255 - 7434
Fax: 415) 255 - 7415
E-mail: info@somanewlifecenter.org

www.able.org/contact/global-locator/?groups=criminon

You can see where the email address name is linked here
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=somanewlifecenter&btnG=Search

Google Search Results 1 - 10 of about 1,040 for "San Francisco New Life Center".
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=%22San+Francisco+New+Life+Center%22&btnG=Google+Search

LOCATIONS:

290 7th St seems to be an administrative address for Richard Prescott, who runs all this. That address is used only as that, not a location for services on all legal papers personally and related to New Life legal entities. It is a single family home.

There are over 5 locations where services are promoted or have phone numbers:

1080 Folsom St San Francisco, CA 94103
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=%28415%29+431-3733&btnG=Google+Search
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=%221080+Folsom+St%22+San+Francisco&btnG=Search
http://www.whitepages.com/search/ReverseAddress?street=1080+Folsom&city_zip=San+Francisco&state_id=CA&localtime=survey
http://clearmindservices.org/page17.html

Clear Mind Services

http://who.godaddy.com/WhoIs.aspx?domain=clearmindservices.org&prog_id=godaddy

http://discoverandrecover.wordpress.com/2008/06/25/alternative-to-meds-center-experiences-growth-and-improvement/

1082 Folsom St San Francisco, CA 94103

Clear Mind Services, John Spaw, Dir New Life, Richard Prescott, M & S Management, SOMA Cafe
http://www.whitepages.com/search/ReverseAddress?street=1082+Folsom&city_zip=San+Francisco&state_id=CA&localtime=survey
http://www.whitepages.com/search/ReversePhone?full_phone=415-863-7522&localtime=survey
Clear Mind Services
http://www.usdirectory.com/Rehabilitation-centers/California/San-Francisco/6214980300-1.htm
http://kepler.ss.ca.gov/corpdata/ShowAllList?QueryCorpNumber=C2082088

180 Lexington st San Francisco, CA 94110 (415) 255-7434
http://www.whitepages.com/search/ReverseAddress?street=180+Lexington+St&city_zip=San+Francisco&state_id=CA&localtime=survey

221 7th St San Francisco, CA 94102 (415) 558-1513

New Life Center 221 7th St San Francisco, CA 94102 (415) 558-1513
http://www.usdirectory.com/Rehabilitation-centers/California/San-Francisco/6214980300-2.htm

http://www.whitepages.com/search/ReverseAddress?street=221+7th+St&city_zip=San+Francisco&state_id=CA&localtime=survey

New Life Center 221 7th Ave Apt 4 San Francisco, CA 94118 (415) 558-1513
http://www.yellowpages.com/info-LMS54161217/New-Life-Center/maps

formerly Gina's Hotel 221 7th St San Francisco, CA 94102 (415) 558-1513
http://travel.yahoo.com/p-hotel-5149246-gina_s_hotel-i

34 Sixth St, Apt 501 San Francisco, CA 94103-1662

Whitepages Result matching "(415) 558-1513"
Seneca Hotel:
New Life Center work
34 Sixth St, Apt 501
San Francisco, CA 94103-1662
(415) 558-1513 Type: Land Line
Provider: Pacific Bell
Location: San Francisco, CA

http://www.whitepages.com/search/ReversePhone?full_phone=415-558-1513&localtime=survey
http://www.sfhsa.org/files/Human_Services_Commission/VIIHTenderloinSRO121604.pdf

Whitepages Matching Results for (415) 255-7434
http://www.whitepages.com/search/ReversePhone?full_phone=415-255-7434&localtime=survey

Scientology and it's Dangerous Front Groups
Recent Scientology Related Deaths
http://free-from-scientology.blogspot.com/2008/07/scientology-and-its...

Social Betterment Development Company dba New Life Center San
Francisco - a Criminon-Narconon program run by Richard Prescott and
wife Andrea Presctt, both scilons
http://www.xenu-directory.net/documents/corporate/990s.php?ntt=734

Richard Prescott -  The guy being sued has a long history with
Narconon & Criminon
http://www.xenu-directory.net/documents/corporate/person.php?person_id=233


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« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2010, 10:16 »
Thanks, Mary.

How unfortunate the whyaretheydead.info site linked above in my posts is not working.  Wonder why that is?

I've added alternate links to my posts above, and started a thread for archiving articles of importance to us.
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« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2011, 18:07 »
My husband and I were longtime friends of Cody's. My husband went to high school with him. He is the poet and respondent in the blogs. The blogs are really Shaun Attwood, author of the recently released Hard Times book. Still a friend of ours. The New Times Phoenix did the breaking story where you can read about them.
Cody & his girlfriend were heroin addicts who came to us for help. In the beginning I was able to contact the show Intervention who agreed to help.
It was the only way to get them to a good detox facility. But Cody backed out. So next we took them into our home & readjusted our 3 boy's rooms. For 5 weeks we cared for them, took them to family, fed them, stayed with them through detox. After 5 weeks we requested their family step in, as they were now clean. But their family didn't provide what the two needed as far as support & they began using within a week of leaving us. They returned to pick up their things, treating us badly. But it was the drugs. We still loved them and constantly wondered about them. No one would answer our calls.
Then came the horrifying day in August when Lisa, his girlfriend, called with the news. I still get knots in my stomach and tears in my eyes when I think about them...if we had more room in our house, a bigger income.
Cody was an aspiring director, his idol being Martin Scorscese. His half written book probably lost, never to be published, Lisa never contacted us again.
we didn't go to the funeral. Too much to handle emotionally. But we miss them everyday & pray his torment is over & he's at peace.

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« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2011, 18:22 »
Thanks so much for joining our forum and sharing your heartbreaking story. I think it is wonderful that you were willing to bring both of them into your home and family.




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« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2011, 21:27 »
Hi Daisy, and welcome to Reaching for the Tipping Point. 

My husband and I were longtime friends of Cody's. My husband went to high school with him. He is the poet and respondent in the blogs. The blogs are really Shaun Attwood, author of the recently released Hard Times book. Still a friend of ours. The New Times Phoenix did the breaking story where you can read about them.
Cody & his girlfriend were heroin addicts who came to us for help. In the beginning I was able to contact the show Intervention who agreed to help.
It was the only way to get them to a good detox facility. But Cody backed out. So next we took them into our home & readjusted our 3 boy's rooms. For 5 weeks we cared for them, took them to family, fed them, stayed with them through detox. After 5 weeks we requested their family step in, as they were now clean. But their family didn't provide what the two needed as far as support & they began using within a week of leaving us. They returned to pick up their things, treating us badly. But it was the drugs. We still loved them and constantly wondered about them. No one would answer our calls.
Then came the horrifying day in August when Lisa, his girlfriend, called with the news. I still get knots in my stomach and tears in my eyes when I think about them...if we had more room in our house, a bigger income.
Cody was an aspiring director, his idol being Martin Scorscese. His half written book probably lost, never to be published, Lisa never contacted us again.
we didn't go to the funeral. Too much to handle emotionally. But we miss them everyday & pray his torment is over & he's at peace.

Thank you so much for posting about Cody.  So often we hear stories of the people harmed by the scientology front groups, and by scientology itself, but after the fact, and us not having known them during their life, sometimes there is very little information that shows the person behind the statistics - that these "statistics" were very real people with other real people who loved them despite their problems, people with holes left in their hearts that nothing can fill, when they're gone.

I know it must have been painful for you to write this; I started to cry as I read it.  I want you to know how much we appreciate your taking the time to write it, and I hope it may be of some comfort to you that your bravery in telling it may save someone else from a similar fate. 

Cody was a lucky man to have you and your husband as friends.  He is at peace now, Daisy, I just know it.

If you don't mind me asking, do you know how Cody came to be at Criminon?  Was he sent by a court, or was it a personal decision?
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« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2011, 20:47 »
Hi Daisy, and welcome to Reaching for the Tipping Point. 

My husband and I were longtime friends of Cody's. My husband went to high school with him. He is the poet and respondent in the blogs. The blogs are really Shaun Attwood, author of the recently released Hard Times book. Still a friend of ours. The New Times Phoenix did the breaking story where you can read about them.
Cody & his girlfriend were heroin addicts who came to us for help. In the beginning I was able to contact the show Intervention who agreed to help.
It was the only way to get them to a good detox facility. But Cody backed out. So next we took them into our home & readjusted our 3 boy's rooms. For 5 weeks we cared for them, took them to family, fed them, stayed with them through detox. After 5 weeks we requested their family step in, as they were now clean. But their family didn't provide what the two needed as far as support & they began using within a week of leaving us. They returned to pick up their things, treating us badly. But it was the drugs. We still loved them and constantly wondered about them. No one would answer our calls.
Then came the horrifying day in August when Lisa, his girlfriend, called with the news. I still get knots in my stomach and tears in my eyes when I think about them...if we had more room in our house, a bigger income.
Cody was an aspiring director, his idol being Martin Scorscese. His half written book probably lost, never to be published, Lisa never contacted us again.
we didn't go to the funeral. Too much to handle emotionally. But we miss them everyday & pray his torment is over & he's at peace.

Thank you so much for posting about Cody.  So often we hear stories of the people harmed by the scientology front groups, and by scientology itself, but after the fact, and us not having known them during their life, sometimes there is very little information that shows the person behind the statistics - that these "statistics" were very real people with other real people who loved them despite their problems, people with holes left in their hearts that nothing can fill, when they're gone.

I know it must have been painful for you to write this; I started to cry as I read it.  I want you to know how much we appreciate your taking the time to write it, and I hope it may be of some comfort to you that your bravery in telling it may save someone else from a similar fate. 

Cody was a lucky man to have you and your husband as friends.  He is at peace now, Daisy, I just know it.

If you don't mind me asking, do you know how Cody came to be at Criminon?  Was he sent by a court, or was it a personal decision?

Ethercat, the program was not called Criminon, per se. It was one of those run by Richard E Prescott, former Narconon Northern California director, called Social Betterment Development Company aka New Life center SF. They paid royalties to CRIMINON and ABLE International to provide the courses. They have other services they provide in addition to the Narconon/Criminon rehab detox courses.

It's a $ 15,000 outpatient program run out of hotel rooms and another building in San Francisco which are rented out by SBDC to the victims. I do not know if the courts were involved but I don't believe they were. I do know that Cody's mother found the program when she was referred by one of the fake referral web sites trying to sell her Narconon Arrowhead. She was referred there by Narconon grad and infamous interventionist Holly Conklin ( Intervention Angel ) who was on both Arrowhead's and SBDC's payroll as an intake specialist. Holly lied about the program, saying it had medical services and supervision when it didn't. As the court complaint states, Cody required medical detox and SBDC is not licensed to provide that so the facility took him offsite for initial exam and medication prescription to detox off the drug he was addicted to at SBDC's site. That was a fatal mistake.  Suicide is a side effect of the medicine he was put on and despite promising the family they would supervise him 24/7 while on it, he was left alone and committed suicide during withdrawal. SBDC did not supervise Cody while he was detoxing, nor did they provide appropriate care that the medication requires. It was a terrible and preventable tragedy. I would not send my worst enemy to New Life Center SF.

I am not at liberty to discuss this further, as I promised the family the peace they deserved after a terribly upsetting time and court mediation when they sued SBDC and Prescott. I mention the above so that you know how he came to be in the program.


Dear Daisy, So sorry for your loss and thwaryted efforts. Being in the rehab business can be so disappointing sometimes because no matter how much you care or help, only the addict can help himself in the end. Your hearts were in the right place. Cody did eventually go to willingly to rehab and I am sure you and your husband had alot to do with starting the ball rolling on that. He wasn't ready at that time. Nothing new when it comes to an addict. You can only do what you can to help others. It's the snakes in the business who do more harm than good. Unfortunately, Cody and his family were deceived by a front group of the biggest con game of the last century. I hope to close them down before more harm comes to others.

Are you still running a rehab?
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« Reply #6 on: February 23, 2011, 15:15 »
We didn't run a rehab; we just tried to care for our friend in our home. For our part, we consider ourselves as successful as we could be in our situation. There were better, cheaper, well qualified places his mother could have sent him. Why she chose them @ 3x the cost is puzzling to us when cost was an issue. She lives a heartbreaking life as 2 of her 4 children have committee suicide. I am even further baffled at the judges decision to throw the case out. Was he receiving financial compensation? So many questions still remain.

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« Reply #7 on: February 26, 2011, 19:48 »
We didn't run a rehab; we just tried to care for our friend in our home. For our part, we consider ourselves as successful as we could be in our situation. There were better, cheaper, well qualified places his mother could have sent him. Why she chose them @ 3x the cost is puzzling to us when cost was an issue. She lives a heartbreaking life as 2 of her 4 children have committee suicide. I am even further baffled at the judges decision to throw the case out. Was he receiving financial compensation? So many questions still remain.

Hi Daisy, I have no idea what you are talking about. The case was settled, not thrown out. The rehab fee was charged for supposed 6 months residential and detox treatment that was to include professional medical care and vocational guidence so that Cody could be prepared to enter the workforce after rehab. The facility lied about it's program and that appropriate medical care and supervision were included when it wasn't. The medication he was on, the manner of detox,the  lack of medical and other care of supervision is what contributed to his death. Read the complaint again:
http://webaccess.sftc.org/minds_asp_pdf/Viewer/DownLoadDocument.asp?PGCNT=0&ALL=Y

While it is obvious that your intentions are good, you are, never the less,  running an illegal rehab. This kind of situation could happen in your program but I sure hope it doesn't.

Cody' mother was dedicated to helping her son and she was deceived SBDC aka  by New Life Center San Francisco. You seem to have some issues with her and I suggest you take them up with her personally. This is not the place to be pointing fingers at a grieving mother.
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« Reply #8 on: March 30, 2011, 02:42 »
I misread and/or misunderstood the papers. We're not qualified nor do we claim to be in the world of rehab and detox. We had a friend we love dearly who begged for our help. We do not run any kind of rehab at all. As I said, we did our best to care for our friend and even worked at gathering funds to send him to a qualified facility. We've never had the need or opportunity to help anyone else. While in our home, we were in constant contact with community services.
I do thank you for posting the link for me to read for clarification.
As far as our relationship with his mother, we have no personal issue or contact with her. We felt as though she condemned us for our involvement, although she didn't know us personally and maybe assumed we were contrubuing to his addiction. I am certainly not pointing fingers. It saddens me how she was duped. No amount of compensation will ever replace the Cody we all knew as the solid friend, loving, open-minded, debating, life of the conversation.  We love him and miss him dearly.

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« Reply #9 on: March 30, 2011, 06:46 »
I misread and/or misunderstood the papers. We're not qualified nor do we claim to be in the world of rehab and detox. We had a friend we love dearly who begged for our help. We do not run any kind of rehab at all. As I said, we did our best to care for our friend and even worked at gathering funds to send him to a qualified facility. We've never had the need or opportunity to help anyone else. While in our home, we were in constant contact with community services.
I do thank you for posting the link for me to read for clarification.
As far as our relationship with his mother, we have no personal issue or contact with her. We felt as though she condemned us for our involvement, although she didn't know us personally and maybe assumed we were contrubuing to his addiction. I am certainly not pointing fingers. It saddens me how she was duped. No amount of compensation will ever replace the Cody we all knew as the solid friend, loving, open-minded, debating, life of the conversation.  We love him and miss him dearly.

Thanks for clarifying again, Daisy.  Maybe it's possible that Mary received some misinformation about your role as Cody's friend.  I hope she will consider that possibility.  Thank you for trying to help him. 

All too often, Narconon offers ridiculously low settlements for people's losses or damages and puts enormous pressure on people to accept them.  None of us will ever know how we would respond personally unless we are placed in such a situation.  Peace to all involved.

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