Saturday, March 31, 2012

UPDATE: A&E Intervention: Addicts Are Not "Hollywood Fodder" for "Ratings and Revenue"


I was in trial over the previous 6 days but have returned refreshed and ready to focus fully on potentially serious issues and concerns with A&E Intervention; and, specifically, Donna Chavous of Intervention911. These are issues that the recovery community needs to examine and should not dismiss cavalierly. In fact, these are concerns of such a nature that I am committed to continue to investigate until I am convinced that A&E and its affiliates; specifically, A&E Intervention are held to the strictest ethical standards relating to the care and handling of both addicts they portray and the families who love them. I will continue to call on Executive Producers Robert Sharenow, Colleen Conway and Dan Partland (who I have emailed personally without response) to demonstrate publicly that the show adheres to such purported standards and establishes safeguards and oversight to keep this type of exploitation of an addict from ever happening again. Professional "character" Donna Chavous needs to be held accountable for her dangerous and unethical conduct on Season 12 Episode 10 by her accrediting and licensing board. Serious audience concerns over the A&E Intervention apparent decision to rank "ratings and revenue" over the "safety and the well-being" of addicts and their families needs to be addressed publicly. Donna Chavous of Intervention911 needs to be pulled from all A&E Intervention current and future episodes.  More so, Donna Chavous untruthful contentions about the Florida Marchman Act need to be addressed as publicly as they were misrepresented on March 05, 2012.

Unfortunately, concerns, previously expressed in:

"Will Emmy Award Winning "A&E Intervention" Condone Unethical Interventions?"

...are confirmed.

For no other reason that curiosity and confirmation: link below to see not only where my original post expressing "outrage" over Donna Chavous grave misconduct was "sanitized" from A&E Intervention's public website discussion board, but now (for the second time in the matter of days since first commenting on the matter) additional audience member posts and comments about Donna Chavous (listed below) have also been silenced.  Adios:



For those unaware of recent revelations and behind the scenes insight into Emmey Award winning A&E Intervention: Season 12 - Episode 10. The following is provided to shed light on the dangerous intervention and unethical conduct by Donna Chavous of Intervention911 that is currently being condoned by A&E.


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PREVIOUS A&E CENSORSHIP 

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TO LINK TO THE FULL STORY



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Thursday, March 29, 2012

REPOST: Will Emmy Award Winning "A&E Intervention" Condone Unethical Interventions?

Donna Chavous is listed on the A&E Intervention website as a Board Registered Interventionist (Level) II. Our investigation shows that every Board Registered Interventionist (Level) II is actually Certified by the Association of Intervention Specialist Certification Board or AISCB. The Association of Intervention Specialist Certification Board (AISCB) is a non-profit credentialing organization for certifying interventionists. As part of that certification, AISCB members are stated to be held to ongoing standards of professionalism and a purportedly strict Code of Ethics as board registered interventionists. To date, AISCB board chair, Rebecca Flood, has not responded to our invitation to discuss, or, comment on Donna Chavous apparent violations of AISCB "professional and ethical standards of conduct."

Although A&E Intervention has responded to our initial public outrage toward the behavior Donna Chavous of Intervention911, they have not responded to our request to be informed about how they planned to remedy her ethical concerns. If you recall, Donna Chavous held an on-air, per-intervention session with an addicts family members on A&E Intervention's Season 12 opener (Episode 10) "Courtney".  I would encourage everyone to watch this episode and then read the full full story by linking below, which includes A&E's acknowledgement that an investigation will be initiated re: Donna Chavous' conduct and a professional review of the current allegations against her.  

Donna Chavous current code of ethics under AISCB guidelines and be found at AISCB Code of Ethics.

The question now: Will Emmy Award Winning "A&E Intervention" Condone Unethical Interventions? Or, will they actually act and do what is right? Were their letters to our office genuine, or, mere fluff and appeasement? As a seasoned trial attorney, I remain skeptical. I can only go on what I know of human nature when money is on the line.  That said, I am fairly certain that my greatest concerns have been realize. Since, my last correspondence with A&E Intervention on 03/12/12, requesting to be updated on steps that will be taken to address concerns about Donna Chavous conduct (as mentioned above): My "Inbox" remains empty.  More telling, however, is the fact that any and all trace of my original written concern about Donna Chavous' outrageous behavior have been removed (or, more properly put "sanitized") from A&E Intervention's public discussion board. Corporate censorship by A&E, perhaps? You be the judge. Regardless, for my part, I am not the kind of person to sit silent, when I see reckless and dangerous behavior by supposed professionals condoned.  Especially so, if these "professionals" appear to simply be useful "characters" who are allowed free-reign to create controversy and exciting television, which ultimately ends up lining the pockets of corporate execs and bringing fame (and, yes, more gobs of money) to television producers at the expense of a dying addicts and traumatized families.

Pray I'm wrong.
Stay tuned.....

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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Will Emmy Award Winning "A&E Intervention" Condone Unethical Interventions?


Donna Chavous is listed on the A&E Intervention website as a Board Registered Interventionist (Level) II. Our investigation shows that every Board Registered Interventionist (Level) II is actually Certified by the Association of Intervention Specialist Certification Board or AISCB (with reciprocity agreements to additional state and national accrediting bodies). The Association of Intervention Specialist Certification Board (AISCB) is a non-profit credentialing organization for certifying interventionists. As part of that certification, AISCB members are stated to be held to ongoing standards of professionalism and a purportedly strict Code of Ethics as board registered interventionists.

Although A&E Intervention has responded to our initial public outrage toward the behavior Donna Chavous of Intervention911, they have not responded to our request to be informed about how they planned to remedy her ethical concerns. If you recall, Donna Chavous held an on-air, per-intervention session with an addicts family members on A&E Intervention's Season 12 opener (Episode 10) "Courtney".  I would encourage everyone to watch this episode and then read the full full story by linking below, which includes A&E's acknowledgement that an investigation will be initiated re: Donna Chavous' conduct and a professional review of the current allegations against her.  

AISCB ethical rules for BRI II interventionists can be found at AISCB Code of Ethics.

The question now: Will Emmy Award Winning "A&E Intervention" Condone Unethical Interventions? Or, will they actually act and do what is right? Were their letters to our office genuine, or, mere fluff and appeasement? As a seasoned trial attorney, I remain skeptical. I can only go on what I know of human nature when money is on the line.  That said, I am fairly certain that my greatest concerns have been realize. Since, my last correspondence with A&E Intervention on 03/12/12, requesting to be updated on steps that will be taken to address concerns about Donna Chavous conduct (as mentioned above): My "Inbox" remains empty.  More telling, however, is the fact that any and all trace of my original written concern about Donna Chavous' outrageous behavior have been removed (or, more properly put "sanitized") from A&E Intervention's public discussion board. Corporate censorship by A&E, perhaps? You be the judge. Regardless, for my part, I am not the kind of person to sit silent, when I see reckless and dangerous behavior by supposed professionals condoned.  Especially so, if these "professionals" appear to simply be useful "characters" who are allowed free-reign to create controversy and exciting television, which ultimately ends up lining the pockets of corporate execs and bringing fame (and, yes, more gobs of money) to television producers at the expense of a dying addicts and traumatized families.

Pray I'm wrong.
Stay tuned.....



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Monday, March 19, 2012

Lindsay Lohan puts herself under house arrest until probation is up following hit-and-run

Lindsay Lohan isn’t about to try her luck with this one. Following a very public fender bender last week, the actress has decided that she’ll lay low until her probation period is officially over on March 29, in just two weeks’ time. According to TMZ, Lohan, 25, has decided to put herself under house arrest so as to avoid getting into any more trouble.


- OR - LINK TO THE HUFFINGTON POST HERE:

Lindsay Lohan has unofficially placed herself on house arrest until March 29, when her exceptionally lengthy probation on a DUI charge will finally end. The actress and recent “SNL” host has reportedly sequestered herself following an alleged scrape last week involving her car and an L.A. club owner. She doesn’t want any more trouble — alleged or otherwise — until her probation is over. (New York Daily News)

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Sunday, March 18, 2012

A&E Intervention "Gets Dangerous" Huffington Post Agrees

The situation got a little dangerous on "Intervention" (Mon., 10 p.m. EST on A&E) when self-proclaimed "junkie princess" Courtney was confronted with her intervention. She immediately shut down, turned around and left the house, but her sister and her sister's fiance weren't quite so ready to give up on her...

LINK HERE.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

A&E Intervention "Professional" Character Donna Chavous Misleads Family

"A&E Intervention" Producers Reaction
to  Outrageous Behavior of 
Interventionist Donna Chavous"

 "Marchman Act Mayhem and Misinformation"
Donna Chavous Misrepresents Herself to Addicts Family and then Bungles Intervention

A&E Intervention - Season 12 Episode 10 "Courtney"


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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Interventionist Donna Chavous Misleads Family - A&E Intervention Reaction

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A Message to A&E Intervention: Addicts Are Not "Hollywood Fodder" for "Ratings and Revenue"

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REPOST: A&E Intervention - Marchman Act Misinformation by Donna Chavous of Intervention 911


Chain of Correspondence Between
Addiction Recovery Legal Services, LLC
&
A&E Intervention
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RE: Marchman Act Misinformation: A&E Intervention - Season 12 Episode 10 "Courtney" –
Donna Chavous Behavior was Outrageous


Complete Correspondence 
Chain with the Producers of A&E Intervention

On Thu, Mar 8, 2012 at 1:17 PM, RGFIII <fraymond@nova.edu> wrote:

To: emailintervention@gmail.com

Ms. Conway:

My name is Raymond G. Ferrero III, Esq. and I am a Partner with Addiction Recovery Legal Services, LLC of Florida and the Executive Director of Health Affairs for Nova Southeastern University. My law firm handles Florida Marchman Act cases and I have actually trained Ken Seely’s interventionists at "Intervention 911". Although, I respect his work, I cannot say the same for Donna Chavous in your latest episode (A&E Intervention: Season 12 Episode 10 "Courtney"). I feel compelled to write to you because Donna Chavous’ behavior was outrageous, inexcusable and dangerous.

I was livid listening to Donna Chavous provide Courtney's family with false legal advice about the Florida Marchman Act. In Florida, such an action by a non-lawyer is a 3 degree felony and punishable for up 5 years in Florida State Prison. Not only was she 100% incorrect on everything she stated about the Florida Marchman Act, but she cast a dark shadow on a law that has been saving lives in Florida for nearly two decades. For over a decade, I have been an advocate and educator on the Florida Marchman Act and in a single episode of your show the country was given a packet of lies – and, nothing more than a blueprint of what "NOT" to do in a Florida Marchman Act case.

I am shocked that a supposed "professional" would act in such a reckless fashion. She did a disservice to Courtney, to Courtney's family as-well-as A&E's national audience.
Furthermore, professionally speaking, Donna Chavous behavior was dangerous in this episode. An interventionist should never use empty threats of jail, cursing and/or petty manipulation to aid someone in need of crisis services. More so, by allowing Courtney's friend to chase that poor girl down, she put a 3rd party in danger in the final scene, where the girl is literally hanging off the passenger door of a moving vehicle driven by a known user - indefensible!  Had a tragedy occurred; specifically, Courtney actually overdosing after the debacle and trauma of that failed intervention, the family would have easily been able to seek Civil and Criminal avenues for relief.

I find myself asking: What has A&E Intervention become? Is it now just another Reality TV show that exploits people for shock value and advertising dollars? Terrible...just terrible! Donna Chavous should be ashamed and knows better – don’t think she does not. That was a critically sick girl in crisis. I apologize for this rant, but I am so upset by this lack of professionalism that I can barely think straight.

Respectfully,
Raymond G. Ferrero III, Esq.

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From: Intervention Email
Sent: Thursday, March 08, 2012 4:30 PM
To: RGFIII

Subject: Re: Attn: Executive Producer Colleen Conway

Dear Raymond,

Thank you for contacting us.  I am passing your email to the appropriate department regarding your concerns.  Again, thank you for reaching out to us.

Best,

The INTERVENTION Team

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From: Intervention Email
Sent: Thursday, March 08, 2012 11:08 PM
To: RGFIII

Subject: Subject: Re: Attn: Executive Producer Colleen Conway

Mr. Ferrero,

The executive producers of the show received your letter and appreciate your thoughtful comments. They are very concerned about the integrity of the interventions we conduct and the information we provide to the public.

There is a strict division on "Intervention" between the television professionals and the clinical professionals.  Ms. Chavous is a BRI Level II interventionist (trained at "Intervention 911") and was the ranking clinical professional at the intervention and so, was expected to conduct the intervention with the highest professional standards, and without direction from the show's producers. The executive producers are taking your concerns about Ms. Chavous very seriously and will review her overall conduct with appropriate clinical professionals.

If there are any specific inaccuracies in the language concerning the Marchman Act (in text on screen) in the "COURTNEY" episode (or specific inaccuracies that Ms. Chavous articulated), the executive producers would be grateful for your feedback.

Many thanks,

The Intervention Team


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Sent: Fri 3/9/2012 3:13 PM
From:  RGFIII <fraymond@nova.edu> wrote:
To: emailintervention@gmail.com

To the Producers of A&E Intervention:

Let me begin by thanking you for your prompt response.
To answer your question directly: Yes, every statement Ms. Chavous told Courtney’s family about the Florida Marchman Act in the “Pre-Intervention” segment of Episode 10 was false.  More so, the information was not simply inaccurate or misleading – it was untruthful.  Specifically, when the family asked her if Courtney would be arrested if she did not agree to go to treatment on the day of the intervention.  In response, Ms. Chavous describes what she refers to as a “typical” scenario that would play out in such instances and spoke in such a manner as to suggest she has: (1) seen this happen before, and (2) had been personally involved in such situations in the past (see the dialogue verbatim below).  
The truth of the matter is that what Ms. Chavous describes to Courtney’s family could never have occurred either in her presence, or, in anyone’s presence under the Florida Marchman Act for that matter.  Neither she, nor any law enforcement officer would have the legal authority to allow such a thing to occur under the Florida Marchman Act – ever!

Understand, although the Florida Marchman Act is an “involuntary commitment” statute that allows for a court to "order" a substance impaired individual to enter and comply with treatment, only A COURT can do so and after determining its necessity based on strict rules of evidence:

1. “that there is a reasonable belief that the individual is substance abuse impaired and the individual:

2.  has lost the power of self-control with respect to substance use;

3. has inflicted or is likely to inflict physical harm on him/herself or others unless admitted;

4. the person's judgment is so impaired they are incapable of appreciating the need for care and making a rational decision regarding such care;

5. the person has refused to seek voluntary care.”

It is important to note that the addict is afforded at all times during these court proceedings all rights to “due process” afforded to them by the U.S. Constitution; also, they are afforded additional “Patient Rights” and protection, per Florida Statute and the Florida State Constitution.
Marchman Act courts are about the protection of the public and the addict from harm resulting from chronic substance abuse.  The Marchman Act is not about punishment and incarceration.  The Marchman Act “process” is about introducing consequences in an addict’s life for their decision to continue drug use where none currently exist.  Regardless, the impaired individual at all times is given the right to choose their future path with treatment and the court.  The entire process I will not belabor now, but have attached a guide I wrote for families that illustrates this process.
The following is a word-for-word account of Donna Chavous conversation with Courtney’s family in Episode 10: “The Pre-Intervention” scene:

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Donna Chavous: “Because we are in Florida you have the Marchman Act.”

Donna Chavous: “Allows three family members to sign a petition to get her involuntarily put into rehab.”

Donna Chavous: “If she is not compliant she can be put in jail automatically.” [emphasis added].

Courtney’s Grandmother (scared / apprehensive): “If she says “no” tomorrow will she be arrested right then?”

Donna Chavous: “Yes, I will call the cops.”

Courtney’s Grandmother (scared / apprehensive): “I’ve never had the cops outside my home. Do you have the police outside in order to do this?”

Donna Chavous:“Yes.”

Courtney’s Grandmother (scared / apprehensive): “Only one?”

Donna Chavous: “Yes, usually only one unless she gets out of hand.”

Courtney’s Grandmother (scared)....

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Let’s examine Donna Chavous statements:

Do three family members need to sign a FL Marchman Act Petition to file under the statute? – NO

If Courtney refused treatment on the day of the intervention would she ever be put in jail automatically under the Florida Marchman Act? – NEVER

Could Ms. Chavous simply call the cops and have Courtney arrested under the FL Marchman Act statute, if she refused treatment? – NEVER.

Is law enforcement ever used in Marchman Act Cases as described by Ms. Chavous without first having filed lawful petitions (which are reviewed and signed by a Circuit Court Judge)? - NEVER
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Here is what is so personally offensive about Donna Chavous’ characterization of the Florida Marchman Act in this episode.  First, she acted intentionally; when she spoke to Courtney's grandmother she had knowledge that what she was saying to the family was untrue.  In fact, I am confident that Donna Chavous based upon her statements has never been involved in anything resembling what she purports as true.  Second, by misinforming the family, she violated ethical considerations that exist in the client / interventionist relationship. More so, by making such false claims clearly created unnecessary anxiety for an already traumatized family member(s).  Third, she broke the number one rule of Marchman Act work by threatening Courtney with the Marchman Act at the intervention; fully aware that no legal process was initiated with the court.  Yet, she then aggravates the situation and recklessly allows family members to unwittingly make false threats to Courtney that she would be arrested, if she did not comply with Donna Chavous commands and instruction.  Fourth, the intervention itself was initiated with full knowledge that it would fail, if Courtney refused treatment, because the foundation of the "intervention plan" was based upon a lie and the promise of specific results that could never be realized by Donna Chavous.  Accordingly, the intervention immediately escalated into what I can reasonable describe as chaos with an agitated Courtney fleeing the home within seconds of entry in an emotionally heightened and excited state.

It is essential for you to take the time to recognize the significance of the risk that Donna Chavous created for Courtney based upon her untruths.  Ask her the following question yourself:

Q: What does a IV heroin addict do to alleviate emotional / psychological stress?

A: Shoot more heroin.

Understanding this one realizes Donna Chavous created a situation whereby Courtney was going to go and shoot heroin as soon as possible (and, understanding addictive behavior compounded by confrontation and a high degree of stress) most likely as much heroin as she could get her hands on.  Courtney without a doubt was placed in a dangerous situation, where overdose was not only possible, but probable.  Ironically, the families greatest fear for Courtney - the risk of overdose  - was actually put in motion by the very same person the family believed was sent to save her from overdose.  Fifth, Donna Chavous recklessly instructed Courtney’s sister to go after Courtney after she fled the intervention site (whereby everyone else present - cameras included - followed in pursuit).  Ultimately, this placed the sister in a precarious and dangerous situation culminating with her hanging from the open door of a moving vehicle driven by Courtney's boyfriend (another active heroin addict), who speeds away, like Courtney, in an emotionally heightened state.

In conclusion, let me just express to you the personal offense Donna Chavous' outrageous behavior had upon me as an advocate of the rights of addicts and their families.  A&E Intervention's purported "professional" Donna Chavous instructed a global audience to believe that it is "acceptable and beneficial" to lock up addicts because of their addiction; and, doing so is also supported by both the legal and judicial systems.  Advocates (like myself) have battled for over a hundred years to bring acceptance to the modern public concept of a “disease model” for addiction. A&E Intervention (among others) have helped to increase such public acceptance and should be commended for whatever role they played in bringing this understanding to "the masses" that addiction is a bio-genetically predisposed disease (not unlike any other disease: heart disease, diabetes and/or cancer).  Yet, in an instant, Donna Chavous (whether you brand her actions unintentional, done out of ignorance, or, wantonly reckless) brought a television viewing audience of over 100,000,000 along for a wild ride where Courtney the self declared "Junkie Princess" is an immoral, societal blight, who is best dealt with by locking her away.  That was the lesson A&E Intervention gave the world on March 05, 2012.  More so, in Florida, there are laws where such things can and do happen.

That is what is so personally offensive to me in this entire ugly situation. The legislative intent of the Florida Marchman Act in the early 90’s was recognize the impact of addiction not only on society as a whole, but the addict themselves.  A law enacted to divert addicts out of jail cells and into treatment beds.  A law that would give enforcement in Florida a vehicle to assist a fellow citizen in medical crisis without having to charge them with a crime in order to save their life.  Institutionalizing addicts is regarded in our field as an ineffective, antiquated clinical failure and a dark, ugly shadow of our collective history.  Physical restraints and jail cells were a draconian, yet accepted practice well into the late 70's; an approach to treatment that has been proven to be fraught with unthinkable abuses (especially, in instances where substance abusers were minor children, the elderly or physically/mentally infirmed.  Donna Chavous  actions (although exciting for television viewers) turned back the clock and reinforced the diminishing belief that society does addicts a service by locking them away from normal people. Addicts are not criminals - they are simply sick. And, the Florida Marchman Act was written with this in mind by progressive minds.  Accordingly, the Florida Marchman Act is the most progressive “involuntary commitment” statute of any of the 36 states that have such laws on the books.  This law deserved better and the public deserved better because this law saves lives.

Thank you for taking the time to listen. Please recognize that I bear no ill will toward A&E or any of the producers of this show.  This is simply a subject that I am quite passionate about based on my own personal experiences as a lawyer.  If something like this were going on under my own roof, I would want it brought to my attention as well.

Respectfully,

Raymond G. Ferrero III, J.D.
Executive Director of Intramural Health Affairs