Thursday, December 19, 2002

Florida Supreme Court rules that counselor can be sued for revealing secrets disclosed to him

In the case of the Donna Gracey and Joseph Gracey vs. Donald Eaker (a marriage counselor) The Florida Supreme Court ruled today, Dec. 19, 2002, that a marriage counselor can be sued for revealing information given to him in confidence by his clients. A rule that lawsuits can seek damages for emotional distress only if there has been an underlying physical injury doesn't apply in this case, Justice R. Fred Lewis wrote for the majority. Justice Lewis wrote, "Donald Eaker is accused of 'revealing the most confidential of information disclosed to him by each individual' ". [Source: Naples Daily News]

Tuesday, December 10, 2002

Pathway gets $150,000 grant

This past November (2002) Pathway Family Center - Indianapolis received a $150,000 grant from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust to expand its services over the next two years. In 2000 it got a $100,000 grant from Pulliam. Pathway was the second Straight legacy program to expand its services when in created a treatment center in Indianapolis in 2000. Pathway - Detroit had been created in 1993 by former Straight officer Helen Gowanny and others in Southfield, Michigan after the collapse of Straight - Detroit. Straight's former national clinical director, Reverend Doctor Miller Newton, founded the first second-generation Straight to have expansion programs. His Kids Helping Kids franchise operated in New Jersey, California, Salt Lake City and El Paso. All closed under allegations of child abuse. Last December the city-county council for Indianapolis-Marion County approved a $10,000 grant to Pathway for 2003. The Pacers Foundation granted the organization another $9,000 for 2002-2003. In November 2002, the Indianapolis Families Count Awards gave $5,000 to Pathway.