Teen Challenge Challenged Again
Naturally, the idea that Teen Challenge needs a government license and needs to follow all sort of government requirements to operate their recovery centers rubs me the wrong way.
Teen Challenge, you'll remember, is the faith based organization that runs some local substance abuse recovery centers and is planning on opening a large one on Wabash Street in Eureka.
I say if it works, don't try and fix it.
That said, I have no idea how successful they are. I also have no idea how successful their counterparts in the government sector are. It would be interesting to compare the two and see who actually comes out ahead in the substance recovery effort: The maverick christian outfit, or the highly regulated, politically correct government one.
And I love the not so subtle suggestion in the Eureka Reporter article that, since Teen Challenge receives government money via various programs its participants are in (participant's social security income, for instance) it therefore falls under government purview.
Scary stuff indeed to suggest that simply because one receives government money, no matter what the source or how far down the line it comes from, they should bow the The State and submit to whatever The State wants.
As far as lack of accountability, as Tim Flemming suggests would be a problem, seems to me they can always deal with that one way or another through the conditional use permit granted by the Planning Commission. The question is what Teen Challenge should be held accountable for?
As far as I'm concerned they should simply be held accountable to running their operation as they said they'd run it- at least in regards to how the operation interacts with the neighborhood.
Other than that, it should be hands off, except for instances of violations of local or state law.