July 11, 2005
Tennessee Department Of Health Investigates "Love In Action" Over State License Requirement
The Tennessee Department of Health is investigating "Love In Action" over
accusations that it is operating an unlicensed alcohol and drug treatment
program. In a letter recently sent to John Smid, the Department of Health
stated that "Love In Action" must "have a license from the Tennessee
Department of Health to provide these services" The letter went on to state,
"If you do not wish to become licensed, you must immediately cease operations
and transfer any residents/patients to other appropriate placement. Failure
to comply with state law may result in legal action by your local District
Attorney or the Tennessee Department of Health."
John Smid has claimed alternately that "Love In Action" is a "Christ-centered
ministry for the prevention or treatment of unhealthy and destructive
behaviors facing families, adults, and adolescents", an "addictions treatment
center", and a "professional recovery treatment center".
Protests against Love In Action began after a teenager named Zach posted
desperate messages to his blog, telling friends that after coming out to
his parents, he was being forced into the program. In one post, the teenager
discussed thoughts of suicide.
At a press conference held shortly after the protests began, Smid presented
Doctor Steven Rice, an investigator with Clinical Neuroscience Solutions,
Inc. of Memphis, and member of the LIA board of directors, to rebut charges
that LIA is not qualified to treat teenagers in a mental health capacity.
Rice, licensed as an adolescent and senior psychiatrist, lists among other
professional organizations, membership in the American Psychiatric
Association, a group which, in December of 1998, rejected reparative therapy
as ineffective and potentially destructive. Their Board of Trustees
unanimously adopted a position statement opposing reparative therapy.
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